FEATURE: Cooking With Anime - Omu-Rice from "Mob Psycho 100"
Omu-Rice from EVERY ANIME EVER *cough cough* I mean, Mob Psycho 100. It'll give you the power to bend spoons!
Ahh the omurice (omelette rice), my old arch nemesis. Thge first time I ever made this illustrious Japanese dish was when I decided it would be a GREAT IDEA to make the curry risotto omurice from Food Wars. Because why not? If you're going to make something, might as well go for the most difficult version of that dish, EVER, just for the lolz. You know what I mean? No? *crickets* Ok.
Somehow, miraculously, that dish worked perfectly. I made the risotto. I filled the omelette. I flipped it with wonderful precision. The sauce was perfectly seasoned. It was great! So, a while ago, I thought it would be nice to make the special omurice from Charlotte, just so that I could hit everyone right in the feels. Tragically, the attempt failed faster than the student I once caught cheating in my class. The filling was boring and way too sweet, the egg much too overpowering, and the ketchup garnish gag-inducing. I guess, in a strange way, I'd actually accomplished the goal of the recipe, since the omurice in that show is notoriously bad, but I was not happy with it, at all. So upset and disgusted by my creation, I banished the omurice from my kitchen and my heart forever. Peeved, and with a serious and well-documented vendetta against eggs, I vowed never to make it again.
That is...until I started watching Mob Psycho 100. And you know Mob? HE CAN BEND SPOONS. I was genuinely delighted to find that he could bend spoons with his mind! It seemed so minute in light of the serious spirit banishing he did earlier in episode 1. And then I took note of the food he was eating with said spoon. Dun, dun, DUUUUUN. I resisted as long as I could but...It was showing up EVERYWHERE in my tumblr feed. My friends were talking about it. I couldn't avoid it anymore. And then...the Dreaded Omurice made its victorious appearance in my kitchen! (Which sounds sort of like the food verison of the Dread Pirate Roberts.) I decided to give it another try.
Actually, it wasn't a spectacularly victorious appearance. In case you think you can't flip an omelette, don't worry, I totally messed this up big time. I could not get the hang of it! I don't know what happened- I used to be able to do it so well. The good news is that you can fake it. Also, worried I would repeat the Charlotte incident, I fiddled with the sauce so that it would be yummy and free of ketchup, which seems to power most omurice recipes and which makes me want to cry. I love ketchup, but it just tastes so weird to me on eggs (I know that might be strange. I realize people often love this combination. Not me.) I wanted my sauce to resemble the wonderful red hue of the anime and be delicious to boot.
The last thing to note- this is a traditional-style omurice. Right now, in Japan, the fluffy omurice is really popular- half scrambled/half pancake like eggs draped over a rice filling with a wonderful, dark demi-glaze sauce ladelled generously over the top...the omelette from Mob Psycho is more traditional and not very gooey at all. However, to emulate the flavor of the sauce from the fluffy style omurice and avoid the ketchup garnish, I used a combo move and created a tomato based demi-glaze. The addition of tomato sorta makes it not a demi glace, but don't worry about that too much. I promise the flavor payoff is worth it and it's incredibly easy.
Makes a great deal of filling, at least 3 omeletts' worth.
- 2 cups rice, cooked
- 2 cans tomato sauce*
- 1 1/2 tsp concentrated beef stock*
- Dash of balsamic vinegar (not pictured)*
- 2 cups water*
- 1/2 pound chicken breast
- 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1 medium onion, chopped finely
- 6 eggs (for 2 omelettes)
- salt and pepper
Making the Omu-Rice!
Begin by pouring your tomato sauce into a saucepan on the stove. Dissolve beef stock into 1 cup of water, preferably water you used to rinse out the inside of the tomato can.
Pour this into the pot as well. Add a dash of the vinegar to taste. Allow the whole thing to reduce by half over low heat, stirring every so often to make sure nothing burns. This took me about an hour, and resulted in quite a mess (not pictured). Make sure you also taste-test periodically. Add more salt and pepper if it seems boring. If, after you add the vinegar, it seems way too sour, just add a little sprinkle of sugar until you get the flavor back to where you want it.
When the sauce is done/ almost ready, start with the rest of the meal. Chop your carrots, onions, and chicken. In a large pan over medium heat, heat some olive oil and add the chicken, salting and peppering generously.
When you can't see any more pink, add onion and allow to soften for about two minutes.
Then, add in the carrot and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes, or until carrot is tender. If it takes longer, do not fear. Accept the chill while you sit back and wait for the carrots to be ready.
Then, when everything is nicely cooked and tender, add the rice. Work out any clumps and mix it thoroughly with the rest of the ingredients. Add in the peas and corn, and don't worry- they'll thaw very quickly.
Next, add in about half the sauce, and stir through. Taste the mixture- if it seems bland, try adding some salt and pepper.
Once this is thoroughly mixed, set the burner on low and set aside. Get out a clean pan, one for making egg pancakes. This is the tricky part about making omelettes- I recommend using a pan with sloped sides so it's easier to work a spatuala around the outside. I only have pans that go straight up, and I struggled like no other to make an omelette using this kind of pan. Set over medium low heat and oil generously to prevent sticking.
Crack three eggs (if just making one, double for more) into a bowl, and whisk together. Then, optionally, strain into another bowl to create a nice texture for your pancake. Salt and pepper well.
When the pan is nicely warmed, and a streak of egg in the pan cooks through immediately, pour in the eggs.
Because we're making a traditional omu-rice, allow the pancake to cook until the top is no longer gel-like and is cooked through. Turn heat down very low, and spoon some of the filling into one end.
That was way too much mixture for me, actually. Go with less. Less is more. You can always shove more filling in later. Also, I'm really bad at making omelettes, so if you can think of an easier way to do this (Just sitting here I can think of at least one easier way to do this. I have no idea what I was thinking when I made this.), please make this easy on yourself.
Carefully roll the pancake around the omelette and flip out onto a plate. Here's what mine looked like before I touched it up.
Absolutely beautiful. With the magic of paper towels, take some time to rearrange this so that the filling isn't spilling out, and it looks like a normal omelette, not like an omelette that decided to tragically end its life by jumping from a tall building. This is also a prime time to shove more filling in before you tuck the edges down nice and properly, in case you didn't put enough in the omelette to begin with.
Spoon some of the leftover, warmed sauce over the top and voila!
This was really good! I was pleasantly surprised. To do a taste comparison, we tested out an omelette with a ketchup garnish and an omelette with my sauce. My sauce won by impressive margins- it had a better flavor profile, wasn't overwhelmingly sweet, and had more complexity. The ketchup just couldn't compete, though it wasn't BAD. It just wasn't that great either.
I was honestly expecting a repeate Charlotte omurice, but this turned out really well. The filling isn't overwhelmingly sweet, or really even sweet at all, and the vegetables make for a nice combination of flavors. I made sure to salt everything thoroughly, and as a result I found myself gobbling it up, eggy exterior and all. If you garnish with a great deal of sauce, you can't really taste the egg, which was a total plus in my book.
I hope you enjoyed this post! To check out more anime food recipes, visit my blog for more anime and manga themed food. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below! I recently got a twitter, so you can follow me at @yumpenguinsnack if you would like, and DEFINITELY feel free to send me food requests! My tumblr is yumpenguinsnacks.tumblr.com. Enjoy the food, and if you decide to recreate this dish, show me pics! :D
In case you missed it, check out our last dish: gohei mochi from "Sweetness and Lightning". What other famous anime dishes would you like to see Emily make on COOKING WITH ANIME?