This recipe is gluten- and dairy-free.
For this recipe, we spent the day with Kathlin’s Grandfather, Kauzto, a man born and raised in Japan, familiar with cooking traditional meals. We went to Hmart, a korean/mixed asian market and bought a variety of asian foods. At Kath’s house, Kauzto taught us how to make Omurice.
Traditional Japanese food is based on portions and using techniques one has learned through observation. Typically, a Japanese man or woman learns to cook through watching their elders, tasting and experimenting with flavors. Rarely do these cooks use a recipe, but instead they create meals from memory with an understanding for how different meats and vegetables cook and the mixing of flavors. The cook may use a variety of vegetables, estimating the amount based on how many people are eating. The cook would usually prepare a large amount of steamed rice to go along with the meal, and then also cook some meat (chicken, shrimp, beef, etc.), again estimating the amount based on the number of people eating. Though leftovers are always nice to have!
Prep time: 1 hour (cooking rice)
Cook time: 20 min.
Yield: about 5 servings
1 ½ cups rice (steamed)
About 10 eggs (2 per person, which will be placed on top of the dish, cooked)
About ½ onion (diced)
About 1 pound of chicken (chopped)
About 1 Tbsp Olive oil (for greasing the pan)
Start by steaming the rice for one hour (you can a pot or a rice steamer). Pour oil into a separate pan, and put the chicken (other meat(s) can be used as well) in the pan. Once the chicken is cooked mostly through (on high heat), add diced onions (other vegetable can be added if desired) and continue to cook for about 10 mins. Then, add in a few squirts of ketchup. Turn the heat down a little bit and add the cooked rice. On low heat continuously mix all the ingredients. After about 5 mins, pour ingredients into a large serving bowl. In a separate bowl, crack two eggs and beat (by hand) until mixed. Then, pour the eggs into the pan, so that there is thin sheet of egg across the pan. Once the eggs are cooked through, pour amount of omurice for one person into a bowl, place cooked egg on top. Repeat cooking eggs for as many people are eating. Add additional ketchup on top for decoration and flavor. Enjoy!