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Bringing Japanese Culture to Bellingham: How to cook omuraisu

For almost all Japanese people, especially young adults, omuraise reminds them of their precious childhood memories.

Since I was in elementary school in Japan, omuraisu has been one of my favorite Japanese dishes that my mom cooked for my family.

The name, omuraise, originally came from two words, omelette in French and rice in English. In the early 20th century, some people who worked in a Western-style Japanese restaurant in Japan came up with an idea of combining those two words into one word so that Japanese-speaking people could pronounce it more easily.

This is the list of the ingredients you need to cook omuraisu (two servings):OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

  • A half medium-sized onion
  • A half piece of a chicken breast half
  • Two medium-sized eggs
  • 5 oz. of steamed rice
  • Five table spoon of ketchup
  • One table spoon of butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Some ketchup (sauce)
  • Some cheese (optional)

 

Directions: 

1. Chop half of an onion into small pieces about five cubic millimeter each.
1. Chop half of an onion into small pieces about five cubic millimeter each.

 

2. Heat a pan on medium heat and put a small block of butter on it.
2. Heat a pan on medium heat and put a small block of butter on it.

 

3. Saute minced onions with medium heat.
3. Saute minced onions with medium heat.

 

4. Cut chicken into small pieces and saute them with minced onions until they all get cooked well.
4. Cut chicken into small pieces and saute them with minced onions until they all get cooked well.

 

5. Put steamed rice into the pan and saute them until all the ingredients are mixed well.
5. Put steamed rice into the pan and saute them until all the ingredients are mixed well.

 

6. Add ketchup and adjust the taste with salt and pepper.
6. Add ketchup and adjust the taste with salt and pepper.

 

7. When everything is cooked thoroughly, take mixture out of the pan temporarily and pour beaten egg into the pan slightly covered with some vegetable oil.
7. When everything is cooked thoroughly, take mixture out of the pan temporarily and pour beaten egg into the pan slightly covered with some vegetable oil.

 

8. Wrap mixture with the layer of lightly cooked egg (similar to an omelette.) You might need some practice to do this process without collapsing it. Also, if you like cheese, you can wrap some cheese within the egg.
8. Wrap mixture with the layer of lightly cooked egg (similar to an omelette.) You might need some practice to do this process without collapsing it. Also, if you like cheese, you can wrap some cheese within the egg.

 

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9. Serve omuraisu on a plate with some ketchup on it.
9. Serve omuraisu on a plate with some ketchup on it.

 

If you’ve seen the previous Japanese recipe I posted, you might realize that both recipes require a lot of the same ingredients. Omuraisu is more of a breakfast dish and is still one of my favorite Japanese dishes. I hope you all enjoy it.

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