What is omelette rice?
Omurice (オムライス) is fried rice wrapped in egg omelette. It’s a fusion dish that combines Asian fried rice with Western omelette and tomato sauce. The dish started in Japan and spread to other Asian countries. In the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s, omurice was a popular menu item in Western-style cafes in Japan. Today, omurice is commonly found at fast or snack food type restaurants.
Flavoured with sweet and tangy tomato sauce, omurice is especially popular among children. Growing up, tomato sauce was an exotic condiment we all loved! So, this tomato sauce fried rice wrapped in an egg omelette always was a special treat.
If you don’t like tomato sauce in fried rice, it can be omitted. The fried rice will still be delicious inside the soft egg omelette. Likewise, you can increase or decrease the amount of ketchup to your liking.
Japanese omurice is typically made with chicken, but you can see that many commonly use beef, pork or ham as well. Prawn is another good option as we have. For vegetables, we use carrot, onion, and scallion. You can also add a couple spoonfuls of chopped celery, zucchini, or mushrooms.