For those of you unfamiliar with Japanese home cooking, I offer you omuraisu (オムライス or omurice), a Japanese-style omelet commonly stuffed with a chicken-rice filling, and flavored with ketchup. The name of this popular fusion dish is a contracted form of the words omelet and rice. It’s enjoyed by children of all ages everywhere in Japan, and is found in endless variations. The combination of eggs and rice is surprisingly delicious and satisfying, and these omelets, like their “western” counterpart, can be eaten any time of day.
This recipe is inspired by Cooking With Dog, the Japanese cooking show hosted by no other than Francis the poodle.
Omuraisu (Japanese-Style Omelet Stuffed with Chicken and Rice) (recipe by “Oishii!”)
Makes 4 omelets
- 3 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
- 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
- 8 ounces chicken breast, finely chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
- 3 large button mushrooms, finely chopped (=2/3 cup after chopping)
- 1 tablespoon white wine
- 2 cups steamed rice (Japanese brands such as Kokuho Rose, Botan, or Nishiki)
- 1/3 cup ketchup, plus extra for garnishing
- kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 8 eggs, beaten
- 2 1/2 tablespoons half and half
Make the filling: Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large (12″) non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Sauté the onion until it softens. Mix in the chicken and garlic, and brown the chicken. Add the mushrooms and continue frying. Add the wine and deglaze; cook until it evaporates. Turn off the heat, and spoon in the rice and ketchup. Toss the mixture with a pair of heat resistant silicone spatulas (or spoons) until well combined. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Divide omelet filling evenly among four small bowls and set aside.
Make the omelets: In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together the eggs and half and half. (Alternatively whisk together 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons of half and half in four separate bowls.) Heat a medium sized (10″) non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil and swirl it around the pan. Pour in 1/4 of the egg mixture. Once egg is nearly set, add one bowl of filling on top of the egg, and fold the egg over to seal the edge. Tuck the sealed edge under and carefully slide out of pan onto a plate. Repeat this three more times for remaining omelets. Garnish each omelet with additional ketchup. Feel free to get creative and write something with the ketchup such as a smiley face, a heart, or a child’s name!
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