Omurice

Models of various omurice dishes
On the inside

Omurice, sometimes spelled "omu-rice" (Japanese: オムライス, Omu-raisu), is an example of contemporary Japanese fusion cuisine (Yōshoku[1]) consisting of an omelette made with fried rice and usually topped with ketchup.[2][3] Omu and raisu being contractions of the words omelette and rice,[4] the name is a wasei-eigo. It is a popular dish both commonly cooked at home and can be found at many western style diners and izakaya restaurants in Japan. It remained popular in Korea after Japanese occupation ended and it is a popular dish in many restaurants throughout South Korea today, where it is rendered as "오무라이스 (Oh-moo-rah-ee-seu)" in Hangul.[5][6] The dish is also popular with children and often featured on okosama-ranchi or kids' meals.[1]

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 that flavor 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 just salt and pepper. Sometimes, the rice is replaced with fried noodles, yakisoba, instead of fried rice, to make omusoba. A variant in Okinawa is omutako, consisting of an omelet over taco rice. Fried hotdog or Spam (food) are also two popular meats to include in the dish.

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]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Omuraisu (aka omurice or omu rice, Japanese rice omelette)", JustHungry.com.
  2. ^ Nishimoto, Miyoko (Jun 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 9781405384209.
  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. http://www.hawaiidiner.com/restaurants/restaurant.php?restaurant=2361.4.82. 
  7. ^ Kishi Asako (March 15, 2002). "NIPPONIA No.20: Omuraisu", Web-Japan.org.

External links

  • Setsuko Yoshizuka. "Omu Rice", JapaneseFood.About.com.

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