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Wagamama Duck Donburi Recipe

Wagamama Duck Donburi Recipe and 3 Easy Tips

The Wagamama duck donburi recipe is a tasty dish offered by Wagamama, and it is by far the best way to experience an authentic East Asian Dish. The dish recipe is an assortment of minced fried duck thighs, served on steamed rice and a half-boiled omelet with delicious teriyaki sauce. I love to eat food from Wagamama, and I craved this dish today, so I decided to make it at home. I am sharing the homemade special Wagamama duck donburi recipe in this post.

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Wagamama Duck Donburi Recipe

This duck donburi recipe is straightforward to make at home. I have used boneless duck thigh for this recipe. There are different variations of this recipe containing various types of meat. You can also use chicken or beef for the recipe. I have used the thighs of the duck, which is the original Japanese variant of the dish. Then the meat is pressed gently with hands and then baked in the oven with onions and finely chopped garlic. It is served in a bowl of steamed rice and topped with half-boiled egg.

This recipe is also economical to make because the ingredients used in this dish are cheap. Duck thighs enhance this dish’s nutrition because they’re lean. You can use any type of lean meat that you like. To make this recipe fast and efficiently, ensure you have the right ingredients and utensils ready. I will list down the ingredients for this recipe below. But make sure you have the vegetables chopped up and placed aside.

The choice of rice used is based on the user’s personal preference. The rice I used is jasmine rice which has a pleasant aroma and flavor. Take 2 cups of jasmine rice and keep it aside for later use.

Ingredients for Wagamama Duck Donburi Recipe:

  • Two duck thighs
  • One onion, sliced thin
  • ¼ cup ginger, grated (freshly grated is better)
  • Two garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar (adjust according to your preference)
  • ½ cup rice, jasmine rice is preferred
  • 2 tbsp Mirin(sweet cooking rice wine)
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • ½ cup bean sprout (freshly chopped)
  • One spring onion, chopped finely (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (toasted and ground with a pestle and mortar to make a fine oil)
  • 4 eggs
one side up omelette
One side up Omelette

Step-by-Step Instructions on Preparation of Wagamama Duck Donburi Recipe:

  1. Firstly, take the duck thighs from the package and place them in a bowl for washing. You can buy the duck thighs from the local supermarket. Wash the duck thighs thoroughly under fresh flowing water. Also, if you wish to remove the bacteria present in the meat, add two teaspoons of turmeric and three teaspoons of curd and wash them well. This helps to remove any existing bacteria present in the flesh.
  2. In a bowl, add two teaspoons of mirin, soy sauce, teaspoons of sesame oil, one teaspoon of sake. Mix well till the ingredients and some salt for taste. Now add some chili flakes and 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder and keep the bowl aside
  3. Now, take an aluminum tray and place the washed duck thigh. Now pour two bowls of water into the tray for baking the meat. Now pour the marinade on the duck thighs. This marinade helps to provide the flavor for the meat.
  4. Now, place the tray in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for about 30 minutes, and then after that time, turn off the oven and keep the meat inside for another 30 minutes. This helps to provide a crispy outer layer, and the meat inside gets cooked well. To check if the duck is cooked, place a knife on one of the thigh parts. If it cuts easily, then it is ready for serving.
  5. After 1 hour, after the meat is cooled, take the thighs out from the oven and make sure to remove all the excess marinade from them by wiping with a clean kitchen napkin.
  6. For preparing the rice, soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Once it is done, drain it and rinse it under running water. Drain the clean water and set it aside. Boil the rice in enough water for 45 minutes in boiling water. You can also use a pressure cooker for cooking rice if you have one.
  7. To check if the rice is cooked, take a small amount of rice in your hand and rub it on your palm. If the boiled rice is devoid of any moisture, it is ready to be used in the dish. Place the cooked rice aside for later use.
  8. Now, take the prechopped vegetables and put them in a frying pan with two teaspoons of olive oil. The vegetables to be chopped are cucumber, onions, cabbage, bean sprouts, and finely sliced ginger.
  9. I will explain how each vegetable should be chopped to get the authentic Japanese Wagamama dish flavor. Cut the cucumber into thin little strips. Then, chop the spring onion finely. Slice the ginger into delicate thin layers. Grate the carrots and chop the bean sprouts.
  10. Now, add the boiled rice to the frying pan with the vegetables.
  11. Add salt, pepper, and soy sauce to taste. You can also add a pinch of sugar if you like it sweet.
  12. Cook until all the vegetables are soft and tender.
  13. Now, take the fried and cooled duck thigh and mash them gently until the meat is fibered. In a bowl, put the boiled and fried rice with vegetables. Now place the shredded duck meat on top of the cooked rice.
  14. The final part is the preparation of the half-boiled omelet. Add the beaten eggs to the pan and stir the egg white in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes on high heat. The goal is to get the egg yolk cooked but not scrambled.
  15. Now, take it off from the stove and place it on top of the duck meat along with rice and vegetables.
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Frying the rice along with vegetables in a pan

Another famous food offering at Wagamama is the Wagamama Ginger Chicken Udon Recipe.

3 Easy Tips while cooking Wagamama Duck Donburi Recipe:

  • The first tip while making this dish is to source all the ingredients needed for this recipe and have them available at your disposal before starting the cooking process.
  • The second tip is to bake the meat instead of frying them in the pan. The baking process helps provide the meat with a crispy outer texture while having a slice of soft meat.
  • The third tip while preparing this recipe is not to over fry the vegetables because the vegetables lose their crunchy texture when overcooked.

Health Facts and Calories in Wagamama Duck Donburi:

Wagamama Duck Donburi recipe uses brown rice, fresh vegetables, garlic, ginger root, and organic duck thighs. This nutritious dish has only 1260 calories per serving, 55 g total fat out of which saturated fat is 13g and trans fat is 0g, 149 g carbohydrate, and 40 g protein per serving(Source). It is also rich in dietary fiber, Vitamin A and C, and calcium. It is also a healthy dish when consumed in moderate amounts.

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