50th Post Anniversary, YAY! – Omurice (Japanese Fried Rice Omelette)

So this it it, the 50th blog post of Simply A Food Blog by Rose. Yay!

With my unstable performance, annoying appear-disappear-reappear habit, and a extremely-resistant mind, I once thought that we never reached this mark. But like any man with a cause, I strive to move forward, pushing myself through all the “Can’t do” barriers of my own. So, here I am, proud and all, sharing with my dear friends and readers another favorite cooking recipe of mine: Omurice – Japanese Fried Rice Wrapped in Egg.

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What is Omurice? It is a Western-influenced style Japanese Dish that is fairly easy to make (It just fried rice with egg wrap, people!) but sure is very yummy.

IMG_8938So, excited yet? Me too.

Recipe

(serves 2-4 people)

(Adapted from Cooking With Dog, it is my favorite source to Japanese home cooked meals. Very cool video channel, indeed. If you have time, check it out.)

Rice

  • 150g Chicken/Pork/Ham/Beef
  • 50g Button Mushrooms
  • 50g Frozen Green Peas
  • 50g corn
  • (You can totally add other vegetable such as sweet pepper, celery, etc. or use a frozen vegie mix which can comfortably be found in the frozen section of any supermarket. My personal favorite is fresh homemade and low-carb Kimchi, to turn it into real Asian-fusioned bliss.)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 70g Onion (About ¼)
  • 200g Canned/Fresh Tomato
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper,Sugar
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 300g Rice, Cooked with Less Water (This is the rice amount needed after cooked, so it is equally to about 200g of uncooked rice.)

Fried Egg Wrap

  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp. Dairy Cream/milk
  • Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper, Sugar

Complement salad

  • Greens salad mix of your choice, parsley for garnishing

My Summer Cabbage Salad with Mustard dressing

  • 150g shredded summer cabbage
  • 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp. apple vinegar

Extra toppings

  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise

Demonstration

To make the Summer Cabbage Salad

Step 1: Shred the cabbage.

IMG_8902 Step 2: Mix all ingredients together. IMG_8903

Set aside till serving time.

IMG_8904 To make the Omurice

Step 1: Chop all the vegetable and meat ingredients. I cubed the meat to 1cm cubes… and marinate it with a little salt and pepper.

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Slice the mushroom to 0.5cm thickness.

IMG_8886 Finely chopped the sweet pepper and celery. And slice the kimchi into 1cm strips. IMG_8885

Step 2: Saute the mushroom with about ½ tbsp. olive oil. Remember Julia from Julie & Julia advice? Never crowd the mushroom, otherwise they won’t brown evenly, or not at all.

IMG_8888 After browned, put it on a clean plate. IMG_8889

Step 3: Stir fry the onion and garlic with a little oil until aromatic.

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Add the chopped meat of your choice, lightly season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Then set aside.

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Step 4: Add all other vegetable in, including the sauted mushroom. Lightly season with salt and stir well for 3-5 minutes.

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Step 5: Add canned tomato and ketchup into the pan. If you use fresh tomato, you have to go one extra step to make them into sauce, but the flavor is much better than canned.

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Add the bay leaf and cook on medium heat until the sauce is half-reduced.

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Like this.

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This is time to season the sauce to your taste. I prefer mine with salt, little sugar, pepper and some fish sauce (yes, I am a proud Vietnamese), you also can use ketchup, oyster sauce. If you add kimchi, you will have be careful and reduce the salt or other seasoning ingredients because the kimchi already has quite some flavor in it already.

Step 6: Pour the sauce into pan of cooked rice and mix everything together, season again.

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After that, you have this. Fight the temptation to serve it right at this step, I know they are good, but they can be even better wrapped in egg.

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Omurice Presentation 1 – Traditional

Step 7: Whisk gently but carefully the eggs with cream/milk and some pinches of salt (be stingy on this one).

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Strain the egg mixture once to get a nicer color and smoother texture.

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Step 8: Preheat an 8-inch nonstick pan on medium-high. Drizzle a little bit of cooking oil in the pan and gently wipe the exceeded off  the surface with a paper towel. Reduce to medium-low. This helps the egg keep its beautiful light yellow color. Pour the ¼ egg mixture and cook it for about 3 minutes, or until the surface of the egg is half-cooked.

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Step 9:Put ¼ serving of fried rice in the center of the flat egg. Spread the rice evenly down the center.

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Step 10: When the egg is ⅔ cooked, the edge of the egg will become like very thin paper and start to come off the pan.Fold up each side of the egg to cover the rice. Leave it that way for 1-2 more minutes to finish cooking the egg.

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Step 11: Put a clean plate over the pan, like this.

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And reverse the system to have the omurice onto the plate.

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Step 12: To obtain that dreamy ellipse shape that we all see and love on Japanese anime and manga, gently shape it using a clean kitchen towel/paper. This also help absorb extra oil from the egg wrap.

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Tada, see, so pretty. Move the finished omelet rice onto a serving plate.

IMG_8917 Step 13: Serve warm with side salad and mayonnaise/ketchup dressing. IMG_8944 The fun thing about omurice is drawing decorations or writing things with the ketchup.Some common things written on omurice in Japan (Cheesy material alert!): すき – I like you! 大すき – I like you a lot / I love you おいしいよ – This is delicious! おはよう – Good morning! オムライス – Omurice! チユー! – Mwah! Just as a warning, it is a lot harder than you think.🙂 Me, I usually do a zigzag, or simply, a “heart”. Dig in! IMG_8946

Bonus – Omurice Presentation 2 – Sunflower

Step 1: Fry 1/3 of egg mixture above on the pan for 2-3 minutes over medium low heat.

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Turn to other side for 2-3 minutes more. Until you have an egg sheet like this.

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Step 2: Arrange the egg sheet in a bowl, like this.

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Step 3: Stuff it with rice, quite heavily is the way to go.

IMG_8922 Step 4: Wrap the leftover edges of egg sheet into the rice bowl. IMG_8923

Step 5: Flip the bowl over to a clean plate…

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You will have this.

IMG_8925 Step 6: Use a sharp knife to make 3-5 shallow cuts through the egg wrap, like below. IMG_8926 Step 7: Open it up like flower petals… IMG_8929

Step 8: Decorated with mayonnaise and ketchup in the center. Serve warm with side salad.

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An edible flower, I am sure your kids will love this.🙂 Me, I am a grown-up, and still find it too cute!

Until next time,

Rose.

2 thoughts on “50th Post Anniversary, YAY! – Omurice (Japanese Fried Rice Omelette)

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