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October 02, 2014

Japanese Omurice Recipe

By Stuart Turner

Have you heard of Japanese Maid Cafes? We all know Japan is renowned for it's curious cafes (cat cafes and bunny cafes just to name a few!) but a maid cafe is where you go to eat some homely food and be served by kawaii maids who will serve you cute lattes with cats made from milk foam on them, and food with ketchup doodles. A particular favourite dish that is served up at these maid cafes is Omurice, which is a delicious tomato flavoured rice served in a thin savory omelet.

Omurice is perhaps a Japanese dish which can be best described as 'comfort food'. It's served to children and adults alike when they want something warming and tasty! 

Don't let the use of ketchup in the tomato rice put you off, even the best chefs have been known to sneakily put some sweet Heinz ketchup in their pasta sauce! 

So let's get cooking.

Serves 2

You will need:

  • 3 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Small Onion Diced
  • 50g Diced Mushrooms
  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Peas
  • 200g Pureed Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Tbsp Ketchup
  • 1/2 Veggie Stock Cube
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Grated Cheddar Cheese


  • Fry the onion in 2 tbsp of oil until softened and golden.
  • When translucent, add the peas and mushrooms and fry for a further 2 minutes. 
  • Pour in the pureed tomatoes, ketchup, crumbled up stock cube and rice wine. Mix together evenly and leave to bubble on a low heat. 
  • After one minute, mix in the cooked rice to the wok and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Remove the rice from the heat and set aside whist you cook the omelet.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a wok and heat.
  • Beat together the 4 eggs with the milk and cheese then add half of that mixture to the wok. 
  • To make your first omelet slowly tilt the wok to coat the sides thinly with the omelet mix. When it is nicely cooked spoon half the rice mixture into the middle of the omelet, then flip the edges into the middle to wrap up the omelet. 
  • Flip the omelet out on to a plate and squeeze out some ketchup on top - you can be kawaii and add a cute drawing for the kids.

All done! Enjoy!

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