Dinner – 3/13/2012 – “Omurice”

Dinner is always a bit of a dilemma for me, especially when the day has been long and emotionally taxing.  My mom used to tell me that one should avoid sitting down until dinner was done; otherwise, the temptation to stay sitting would be great and dinner would never get cooked.  Taking this bit of advice, and thinking about starting a new page called “Flavors of Home,” I set out to make “Omurice” (for omelet rice) tonight.  It’s a snack in Korea that originated as a Japanese fusion dish, and I loved eating it as a kid.

Here’s how I made it:

Diced onion, carrot, and bratwurst

You can also use mushrooms, green peppers, and any other meat available.  I just had some bratwurst left over.

A pat of butter with diced onion and carrot over medium high heat

Cook for a few minutes until the onion and carrot are soft.  Add in the meat/protein.

Add in the bratwurst

Cook for a few more minutes until the meat/protein is cooked or warmed.  Add rice.

Add cooked, white rice and stir fry

Cook for a few more minutes.  Add in pepper to taste.  Stir and mix well.  Whisk eggs; add a pinch each of salt and pepper and mix well.

Whisk eggs

Heat the olive oil in a small pan.  Make as many egg “pancakes” as servings by pouring a thin layer of the whisked egg.

Pour a thin layer of egg, swirl to spread, and make a "pancake"

Flip when one side is cooked.  Remove from heat when both sides are cooked, and put the egg “pancake” in the bottom of a small bowl.

Fill the egg "bowl" with the fried rice

Fill the bowl and press down.  Put a plate on top of the bowl and flip over.

Dress the finished omurice with ketchup

You can make it fancier with a sprig of parsley, or leave off the ketchup. Happy eating!

Ingredients (for 2 servings):

  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 small carrot, diced
  • 1 bratwurst or hotdog (or an equivalent amount of protein), diced
  • a pat of butter
  • 2 to 2.5 cups cooked white rice
  • olive oil
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • salt and pepper, a pinch-ish each
  • ketchup, if desired
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