Exploding Japanese Omelet with Fried Rice (Omurice)

Exploding Japanese Omelet with Fried Rice (Omurice)

Ingredients for the fried rice

  • 2 cups rice
    • I used jasmine rice, but brown rice would work just as well.
  • 1/4 cup of char siu (otherwise known as Chinese BBQ pork)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon scallion or to taste

Honestly, most of the above ingredients can be substituted for proteins and vegetables according to what you like or just whatever you have in your fridge.

Ingredients for the omelet

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Equipment

  • A pair of chopsticks
  • A spatula

Instructions

  1. First, let’s make the fried rice. In a large saucepan, add olive oil, sesame oil, and minced garlic and brown the garlic on medium high heat.
  2. Add broccoli and mushrooms and cook for 7 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add char siu to the mixture and stir to mix evenly.
  4. Add rice and ketchup to the saucepan and stir while breaking up the rice clumps.
  5. Add soy sauce, salt, pepper, ginger, and scallions to the rice. Toss the mixture around the sauce pan and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. On a plate, spoon the fried rice into the middle of the plate into an oval mound. Use the spoon to push the rice together to make the mound, going across the diameter of the plate and around 2 inches high.
  7. Then, let’s make the omelet. Now, conceptually speaking, basically it’s a regular omelet stuffed with more egg. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream, and salt.
  8. In a small saucepan, add olive oil, spread around the pan, and turn onto high heat.
  9. Once the pan is hot enough, add the egg mixture and make sure it spreads so it covers the whole pan. You’ll see the sides of the egg start to cook quickly which is good, since this helps define the edges of the omelet.
  10. Using chopsticks, continuously stir the middle of the omelet for about 2 minutes, and you’ll see the omelet start to clump up.
  11. Once you see the outsides of the omelet start to set, use the spatula and fold a third of the omelet into the middle. Then, fold the next third over again. Use your spatula and press down to cook.
  12. Carefully, slide the omelet onto the oval mound of rice, and you’re done! If the omelet cooked correctly, you can use a knife and slice the omelet down the middle. The omelet should separate with the gooey egg in the middle in a beautiful way, and then enjoy!

Exploding Japanese Omelet with Fried Rice (Omurice) is a pretty fun recipe to make even though making the exploding omelet can be tough. Regardless of what happens to your omelet, it still taste great (even if it doesn’t explode). The fried rice is also awesome to have around as leftovers with the ketchup giving it a nice tangy taste and reddish color.

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