The chilli paste in this recipe can easily be swapped for harissa if easier. Either way it's a winner
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Chilli paste can differ in heat dramatically, from furiously fresh, hot Thai pastes to smoky pastes from Mexico. In general, if your paste comes from Asia then use it sparingly, as it’s going to pack some punch. If it’s from South America, you should be able to add more. Always check the label of the jar – you’ll be able to deduce the level of heat from how much they suggest you use in the recipe.
Roasting the duck skin-side down is simpler and less smoky for your kitchen than panfrying; just make sure the roasting tin is really hot before adding the duck. The chilli paste in this recipe can easily be swapped for harissa, the hot North African spice paste.