Hoisin Duck Brioche

Hoisin Duck Brioche

This particular Hoisin duck brioche dish was inspired by a recent visit to Ruby, Exeter, where I enjoyed something very similar. Yep here I am dreaming of Ruby again! The restaurant used to be in Queen Street but they’ve relocated to the beach. I don’t blame them.

Well anyway the duck and hoisin are beautiful together, along with the cucumber, and although I am more used to enjoying this mixture in pancake wraps, I found the brioche really good with them, since brioche is naturally sweet and chewy, and just seemed to complement the hoisin duck flavors.

What Goes with Hoisin Duck Brioche?

I enjoyed this Hoisin duck brioche with a peanut butter wolf cocktail when I was at Ruby’s but you might prefer something else depending on what time of day you’re having it.

I enjoyed mine in between having the back window of our car smashed in and going to my father’s wake, so I felt the cocktail was justified at the time! Sometimes you just need some great food and a nice drink to take your mind off things.

Feel free to add other stuff to the buns if you wish, although I find the lettuce, green onions and cucumber to be enough contrast against the duck mixture. I ordered mac ‘n cheese on the side with this, which went very well in a ‘fusion’ kind of way! Ruby tell me they use a commercial smoker and duck legs, so my Hoisin duck brioche recipe is similar but not the same.


Hoisin Duck Brioche

Hoisin 5-spice duck is served in sweet brioche buns, and this recipe is not only delicious but simple to prepare. This is amazing served with pickles, and either fries or mac and cheese on the side.

  • Author: Victoria Haneveer
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Chinese Fusion


  • 2 skinless duck breasts (about 6 oz/175g each)
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 fl oz (85ml) Hoisin sauce
  • 4 brioche buns
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • ½ bunch matchstick-cut green onions
  • ¼ halved de-seeded cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 4 pickles, to serve
  • Fries, chips or mac ‘n cheese to serve (optional)


  1. Cut the duck into strips and toss in the pepper and 5-spice.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok and add the duck.
  3. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Add the hoisin sauce and cook for another minute or until the duck is coated.
  5. Split the brioche buns and add the lettuce.
  6. Fill them with the duck mixture.
  7. Add the green onions and cucumber.
  8. Serve pickles on the side, if liked.
  9. Fries, chips or mac ‘n cheese are good side dishes for this.

hoisin duck brioche