As a staunch defender of mock turtlenecks and mock drafts (but not so much mocktails), mock duck has always intrigued me. I've seen it on the menus of Chinese and Thai restaurants, but, to be totally transparent here, I've always been a little scared to ask what mock duck actually is... and maybe I didn't want to find the answer. "Fake" duck seems more like a chicken-in-a-can nightmare than anything I'd want in my Kee Mao.
Then, I ordered it by accident, in Thailand, and realized what it definitely wasn't: something to avoid.
While it didn't exactly hoodwink me into thinking I was eating duck (much like mock turtlenecks have never tricked anyone into thinking I was wearing a full-blown turtleneck), it did taste... well, good. Like something else, entirely. So I wanted to find out what mock duck is, exactly -- and since you're in here with me, you probably want to find out what mock duck is, too.
Let's take this journey together, people!