Omurice

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Omurice with demi-glace sauce.

Omurice or omu-rice (オムライス Omu-raisu?) is an example of Yōshoku (a Western-influenced style of Japanese cuisine[1]) consisting of an omelette made with fried rice and usually topped with ketchup.[2][3] With omu and raisu being contractions of the words omelette and rice,[4] the name is an example of wasei-eigo. It is a popular dish both commonly cooked at home and often found at western style diners in Japan. The dish was brought to Korea during Japanese rule,[5] and today it is a fixture on gimbap restaurant menus throughout South Korea, where it is rendered as "오므라이스 (omeuraiseu)" in Hangul.[6] Omurice is also popular in Taiwan, another territory formerly occupied by Japan. Children, in particular, enjoy omurice, and it is often featured in okosama-ranchi or kids' meals.[1]

Omurice is said to have originated around the turn of the 20th century[4] at a western style restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza district called Renga-tei, inspired by chakin-zushi.[7]

Variations[edit]

The dish typically consists of chikin raisu (chicken rice: rice pan-fried with ketchup and chicken) wrapped in a thin sheet of fried egg. The ingredients flavoring the rice vary. Often, the rice is fried with various meats (but typically chicken) and/or vegetables, and can be flavored with beef stock, ketchup, demi-glace, white sauce or simply salt and pepper. Sometimes, rice is replaced with fried noodles (yakisoba) to make omusoba. A variant in Okinawa is omutako, consisting of an omelet over taco rice. Fried hotdog and Spam are also two popular meats to include in the dish.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Omuraisu (aka omurice or omu rice, Japanese rice omelette)", JustHungry.com.
  2. ^ Nishimoto, Miyoko (June 1992). "Beyond Sushi: Japanese Cooking in the Great Home-Style Tradition", Vegetarian Times, No. 178. ISSN 0164-8497.
  3. ^ Paxton, Norbert (2008). The Rough Guide to Korea, p.249. ISBN 978-1-4053-8420-9.
  4. ^ a b Shimbo, Hiroko (2000). The Japanese Kitchen, p.148. ISBN 1-55832-177-2.
  5. ^ Sohn, Ho-min (2006). Korean language in culture and society, p.59. ISBN 9780824826949.
  6. ^ Gail Jennings (October 2005). "Shokudo - An Unlikely Marriage of Comfort Foods". hawaiidiner.com. 
  7. ^ Kishi Asako (March 15, 2002). "NIPPONIA No.20: Omuraisu", Web-Japan.org.

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