Poor Man’s Crispy Duck (Pulled Hoisin Pork Tortillas)

Poor Man's Crispy Duck (Pulled Hoisin Pork Tortillas)  - Fab Food 4 All

Do you ever find that when you try and find that pair of shoes, or go looking for your child’s size in school uniform or need to find some inspiration you just can’t find it. It seems the harder you try to find these things the more evasive they become like a cruel trick. It’s always when you’re not looking or trying that these things come your way – well it seems that way to me and so it was with this recipe! I had never even bought a bottle of hoisin sauce until recently when I made this Beef & Vegetables Stir Fry with Noodles for ActiFry. We have it quite often now as it’s such a quick and healthy dish! Anyway having bought more hoisin sauce to have in the cupboard as well as having bought a really cheap piece of boneless pork leg that was on offer in Morrisons (£2.25 for 900g) I suddenly had a brainwave. I knew I wanted a quick no fuss meal the following day as I had a hospital appointment that was going eat into my time. So my brainwave was to use the pork leg, hoisin sauce and a pack of flour tortillas that I’d also bought to make “Poor Man’s Crispy Duck (Pulled Hoisin Pork Tortillas). All the flavours of crispy duck but with pork!

Poor Man's Crispy Duck (Pulled Hoisin Pork Tortillas)  - Fab Food 4 All

Well to say this was good would be an understatement! I don’t know about you but when I’ve been to a Chinese restaurant (or even had a takeaway) often the best part of the meal is the first course and especially the crispy duck. There never seems to be enough of it and you end up with the last pancake filled with all the bits of skin that no-one else wanted and a lot of spring onions and cucumber. I wish we’d had spring onions in the salad drawer as I would have used them but instead we used red onion which I would have cut into slices but as hubby was being helpful he prepared them and diced finely. I must admit to being a bit of a control freak in the kitchen and do like things done in a certain way, I can’t be the only one ladies?

So if you love crispy duck like me and can never have enough then I can’t recommend this dish highly enough! The dish served 4 of us but would easily have served 6 with a few more tortillas. We enjoyed the leftovers in rolls the following day with another splash of hoisin sauce! I was eulogising about it to one of my friends the other night and she told me she’d sold her slow cooker at a car boot sale for 20p! If you don’t have a slow cooker I can’t recommend them highly enough as they really are great for so many types of dishes and I’ve only scratched the surface with mine!

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Poor Man's Crispy Duck (Pulled Hoisin Pork Tortillas)
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All the flavours of crispy duck with pancakes but with pulled pork and flour tortillas - just fab!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4 - 6
  • 900g Boneless leg of pork, rind/fat removed
  • ½ Bottle of Hoisin Marinade or Sauce
  • 100 mls water
  • Extra Hoisin Sauce for drizzling
  • Salad vegetables of your choice cut into strips or as appropriate eg cucumber, peppers, spring onion, red onion, baby salad leaves, cherry tomatoes etc.
  • 8 Flour tortillas
  1. Place the pork leg in the slow cooker and spread the hoisin marinade or sauce all over the joint.
  2. Add 100 mls of water to the crock pot.
  3. Cook on high for 4 - 5 hours or low for 6 - 7 hours or until cooked.
  4. Once tender and falling apart to the touch remove and shred the meat between 2 forks.
  5. Pour some of the cooking liquor over the meat.
  6. Dry fry each of the tortillas (I use a ceramic pan, you shouldn't use non-stick without oil) until if puffs up, turn and cook for a few more seconds to heat through.
  7. Serve the stack of tortillas, salad items in bowls and platter of meat at the table.
  8. Allow your guests to assemble their tortillas with a line of meat and salad down the middle and finish with a drizzle of hoisin sauce.
  9. Roll up and enjoy just like a crispy duck pancake.

Poor Man's Crispy Duck (Pulled Hoisin Pork Tortillas)  - Fab Food 4 All

As this dish is so economical I’m entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours and is hosted this month by Jen’s Food. I’m also entering it into Extra Veg also run by Fuss Free Flavours who is hosting this month and Utterly Scrummy. Finally I’m also entering Farmersgirl Kitchen Slow Cooked Challenge!

For more Chinese recipe inspirations you might like to check out these recipes:

Simple Pork Fried Rice – Fab Food 4 All
Crispy Duck Legs with Hoisin Sauce
– Natural Kitchen Adventures
Baked Salt & Pepper Cauliflower Bites – My Fussy Eater
Chinese Chicken Pie – Foodie Quine
Cheats Stirfry – Lovely Appetite


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  1. caeh

    I’ve just gotten myself a slowcooker after I broke my last one and this is such a great idea! I love crispy duck but it’s so expensive and takes FOREVER to make at home, perfect alternative 😀

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it really is so delicious:-)

  2. plasterer bristol

    Yummy. This sounds so good. Thanks for sharing this.


    1. Camilla

      Thanks Simon, it’s such a delicious and simple recipe:-)

  3. Liam Wiffen

    Did this today and the whole family loved it. So simple and cheap too! I was also a little bit naughty and used the cut off fat to make some crackling to go on the side ☺

    1. Camilla

      Fab Liam so pleased you all enjoyed it and LOL to you making crackling with it too:-)

  4. Gy

    Hi Camilla,
    I would love to try out your recipe but could you tell me the size or weight of your bottle of Hoisin?
    I make a similar recipe with some chuck of beef (paleron in French) and use 40ml hoisin sauce.
    Thanks for your response

    1. Camilla

      Hi, my bottle is 190 mls:-)

  5. Lisa Williams

    this is fab I am a big fan of Asian flavours and this would go down really well here 🙂

  6. Paul Wilson

    Pulled Hoison Pork sounds delicious.

    1. Camilla

      It really is Paul:-)

  7. Ann

    Mmmm that’s so yummy. Thanks for sharing this Chinese recipe.

  8. Maya Russell

    Sometimes when we order a Chinese all we go for is the crispy duck and pancakes. This is a fab recipe and I have a slow cooker. I will be ordering the ingredients and making this soon!

    1. Camilla

      Yes I often find the starters are the best bits on a Chinese menu! Do let me know what you think Maya:-)

  9. Abigail Cullen

    This recipe looks very appetsing and one I would definately consider trying myself.

    1. Camilla

      Oh you really should it’s so very good Abigail:-)

  10. William Gould

    I love slow cooked pork of any kind!

  11. June Etherington

    I love duck & always looking for different ways to cook it. This looks really good so will be giving it a go. Thanks

    1. Camilla

      No duck here LOL:-) #pork

  12. penny_mum

    Just GOT to try this. I love crispy duck but it’s too expensive to have very often. Now I can cook it more often – Hubby will never even know LOL

  13. Jen

    I think this looks better than crispy duck which can often be a bit too dry, great variation on pulled pork for Credit Crunch Munch 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jen, it was really good:-)

  14. Lou

    looks so delicious !!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks it really is:-)

  15. Yvonne

    Hello Camilla,

    I wanted to write and tell you that I have a piece of pork cooking in my slow cooker. I cut a piece to eat and it’s so good. This is the first time I have used hoisin sauce, and had some that was given to me some time ago sitting in my pantry. A good opportunity to use it on the pork, and will be the first of many times I will make this recipe, I’m sure. This may be eaten before it hits the tortillas!!!!

    Thank you so much for the recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Hi Yonne, thank you so much for your feedback and I’m so glad you love the recipe:-)

  16. peter @feedyoursoultoo

    Not sure this is poor man’s – it is just good!

    1. Camilla

      LOL Peter, maybe I was just thinking of myself!

  17. Christine Lockley

    Ooh I love the sound of this, added to my shopping list and will be on the menu for Saturday night tea – thanks for sharing

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Christine, glad you’re going to try it:-)

  18. Gunjan

    Looks like nice picnic menu.

  19. Blessing

    Wow, the dish looks so delectable and properly arranged.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  20. Made With Pink

    I love this idea! Definitely one for my recipe book. Crispy duck is my favourite, and this is a great alternative to regular crispy duck, but also regular pulled pork that’s been so popular lately. Love it!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, hope you get to try it soon:-)

  21. Stacey Guilliatt

    Goodness, I really need to try this, I love crispy duck! Pinning it! x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Stacey:-)

  22. Laura

    It would have never occured to me to try pork with the same flavours as duck. Looks great tho – something I will try in the future for certain!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, do let me know what you think:-)

  23. linda hobbis

    That’s a really clever idea and the kids would probably be happier eating pork than duck. We’ve ducks in our local stream at the moment!!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes that is a good point:-)

  24. Emily Leary

    Stunning shots and looks delicious. Brilliant variation on a classic.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emily, just thrown on the table and quickly snapped as the hungry hoards were snapping around my ankles LOL:-)

  25. Kavey

    Really look tasty. It’s so lovely when sudden thoughts turn out so darn good isn’t it?

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kavey. I’ve just bought another joint to make this again tomorrow as it’s so good!

  26. Paul Wilson

    Sounds divine.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Paul it really is:-)

  27. Mike Benayoun

    Can you make it with duck if you’re rich? 😉

    1. Camilla

      If you’re rich you can go to a restaurant LOL:-)

  28. Janice

    This looks amazing, Camilla! I love hoisin sauce and will definitely be trying this simple recipe. Thank you for joining me for the Slow Cooked Challenge.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice, yes you really should try it, it’s so good:-)

  29. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    Yum, this sounds delicious, I love hoisin sauce. A great home version of crispy duck!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lucy, yes it’s so close to the real thing:-)

  30. shobha

    Wow.. looks nice .. I would love the tortillas with this yummy filling.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Shobna, I’m sure you’d love it:-)

  31. Mina Joshi

    Being vegetarian – I haven’t tried duck but you certainy make it sound like an exciting dish to have.

    1. Camilla

      Just the salad for you then Mina:-)

  32. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Clever idea! I love hoisin sauce, I usually just have it in the pancakes with the cucumber and onions and leave out the duck haha

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure you could sub the pork/duck for some strips of quorn fritters or something veggie like that:-)

  33. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    Woah, I’m sending this over to my husband – he would love it!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate and it even has the word “man” in it to make him feel at home:-)

  34. Claire @foodiequine

    I’m definitely going to give this a try! Not sure if there’s any truth in it but I’ve been told that some Chinese buffet restaurants actually use dyed pork instead of duck.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Claire. Well it wouldn’t surprise me as you can barely taste the difference!

  35. Ursula Hunt

    I love crispy duck, clever idea to use a cheaper meat

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula, it worked really well:-)

  36. Ciara (My Fussy Eater)

    This is so clever! I love crispy duck but its expensive and not always easy to get. Will definitely be making this very soon. Fantastic recipe!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ciara, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  37. Ceri

    A great idea to do this with pork instead of duck. I’ll be trying this with my gluten free hoisin sauce soon! Thanks Camilla!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ceri and you’ve reminded me, I must now get onto making my own hoisin sauce!

  38. Heather Haigh

    I love the look and sound of this. We love pulled pork and this seems like a great variation of it.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather, it’s going to be a regular here:-)

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