If you’ve paid attention in your favourite anime series set in Japan, there’s probably a good chance that omurice is mentioned as an all time favourite food served in maid cafés, or made by a loving mother for her child’s bento.
What is omurice?
Omurice or commonly known as omuraisu (オムライス) is a perfect example of the cultural exchange between Western and Eastern cuisine. Mainly consisting of fried rice wrapped in an omelette usually topped with ketchup, the omurice gives us an exquisite marriage of Japanese and Western cooking. The dish is commonly made at home but is also popular in western-style restaurants in Japan.
A simple recipe with tasty results, let’s get cooking!
What you’ll need:
For the rice:
1 Tablespoon of virgin olive oil
- 1 Diced clove of garlic
- ½ Diced onion
- 1 Diced tomato
- 1 Tablespoon of green peas or diced green beans
- 250g Ground beef
- 1½ Cup of cooked white rice (Note: add in a little more water than usual while cooking your rice so that it keeps its stickiness and holds up together for your omurice.)
- 1 Tablespoon of ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce
- A pinch of sugar
For the omelette:
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon of water
- A pinch of salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
Let’s get started! はじめましょう !
1. First of all, wash your rice and cook it in water (twice the amount of rice) until it gets thick and a bit sticky and absorbs all the water, that’s how you know it’s ready.
1. In a pan pour your olive oil and stir in your diced garlic and onion for a bit.
2. Add in your ground beef.
3. Add in your diced tomatoes and green peas/beans.
4. Add in your rice and ketchup.
5. Add in your fish sauce and soy sauce and then top it off with a pinch of sugar.
Make sure to mix well in between the addition of each ingredient!
Now let’s get to the omelette!
1. Crack your 3 eggs in a bowl
2. Add in your tablespoon of water
3. Top it off with a pinch of salt and black pepper
4. Mix until there’s no more lumps
Once you get both main ingredients done, let’s put together our omurice!
1. Cover the surface of a flat pan with a bit of butter and then pour in your omelette mixture into a thin layer.
2. Once the omelette is formed and cooked, add your rice serving in the middle and then make sure your rice is fully wrapped into the omelette.
3. Get your serving plate, put it over the pan and carefully flip it, and then voilà! Your omurice is almost ready!
4. Add in your little ketchup topping; you can even write an cheerful message or just a simple cute design just like they do in maid cafés.
JET Press Team