This smoked duck okonomiyaki recipe is a super easy crowd-pleaser. It's so much fun to prepare this dish with friends from beginning to end. Use the toppings and condiments to decorate each pancake as it's finished, then split it up between friends to eat while the next one is cooking. It's an easy meal that can feed a lot of people, and you can make it as cheap as you like!
We made Japanese okonomiyaki with smoked duck meat we got in Yilan, a county on the east coast of Taiwan famous for its duck and its...scallions. (People in Taiwan get really excited about food in general, but scallions have never really gotten me going.)
The duck had an awesome flavor, like bacon but sweeter. It was meatier and less fatty, too. I tried a few bites before we started cooking, and then I had to police myself the rest of the time I was in the kitchen getting things ready to make sure I didn't eat most of it before it was time to cook.
This time we have some more okonomiyaki-making and okonomiyaki-eating experience under our belts, so I didn't have to spend hours trying to understand the differences between Hiroshima okonomiyaki (noodles, cabbage, meat, and raw eggs are stacked like laundry) and Kansai/Osaka okonomiyaki (everything is cooked into the pancake batter like the Godzilla of latkes).
Also, the duck was precooked, so it only took a minute to pull it out and chop it up. And this time, we were making okonomiyaki in Asia, so we didn't have to try to make our own okononmiyaki sauce or adulterate some American mayo to try to make it taste like the sweet Kewpie mayo: we could just buy exactly what we needed at the fancy grocery store. (You can buy it online if you can't find it at the store.)
As far as smoked duck recipes and okonomiyaki go, smoked duck okonomiyaki is a little unusual, but the rules aren't very strict. Seafood okonomiyaki is a conventional favorite, but you could use smoked chicken, tuna, mushrooms, kielbasa, smoked salmon, firm tofu, or just about anything else. We topped our pancakes off with thin strips of pork belly, and the result was one of the best meals we've made so far. Check out this okonomiyaki recipe from No Recipes: he makes a smoked salmon and thyme okonomiyaki with a hollandaise sauce that has to be just amazing.
We went with the traditional okonomiyaki sauce and kewpie mayo for this recipe, but I toyed with the idea of making a cream cheese dill topping to complement the duck. Convenience won out in the end. If you try a different sauce, something with cheese, dill, or plum maybe, let me know all about it!
Actually, I accidentally bought the wasabi-flavored Kewpie mayo. I didn't notice at all until I tasted it and realized I had made the most wonderful mistake I've ever made. Seriously, this stuff is amazing. I put it on cheese sandwiches and french fries. You will, too.
If you need to make your own sweet mayonnaise or okonomiyaki sauce, check out our original okonomiyaki recipe page for instructions.
For the batter:
Serving your Smoked Duck Okonomiyaki
If you like this smoked-duck okonomiyaki recipe on the raclette grill, you should check out some of our other recipes:
Some of my favorite online stores might have just what you need for your next tabletop meal!
Asian Food Grocer has a great selection of essential ingredients and many hard-to-find items.
Cilantro Cook Shop has a great selection of quality raclette and fondue sets.
For The Gourmet has an amazing selection of cheeses and chocolates.
Sephra specializes in chocolate, caramel and fruit fondues... and fountains.