On Season 1, episode 4 of Netflix’s Midnight Diner: Toyko Stories, omelette rice brings together a couple from two different worlds.
The love shared by rice omelets creates an intercultural bridge between Amamyia – a bright Japanese physicist, and Yoona – a young Korean girl.
On a rainy night, Physicist Amamyia meets Yuna, a Korean woman known as Rei, at the Midnight Diner and they become close.
Yuna learns Amamyai’s favorite recipe from Master (chef). Eventually, they become serious enough to think about marriage, but his parents are against the idea of crossing cultural bounds.
It’s an episode similar to many Korean dramas. Passionate, silly but still “aww” worthy.
While western style omelets are loaded with veggies or meat and cheese, this recipe is on the simple side and asks for a main ingredient you might not expect – ketchup.
OMELETTE RICE: (serves 2)
PART 1: “Ketchup Rice”
- 1/2 small onion
- 1/2 cup button mushrooms sliced
- 1 chicken breast diced into small cubes
- 1 tbs oil
- 4 tbs Ketchup
1. Heat oil in medium-high heat in frying pan, then add onions, cook until translucent (3 minutes).
2. Add diced chicken, cook 8 – 10 minutes or until white.
3. Add fresh or canned mushrooms and cook another 3 minutes.
4. Add 1/2 cup of cooked steamed white rice.
5. Add in 4tbs of ketchup and stir until well mixed, cook for 3-5 minutes.
6. Salt and pepper to taste, and
You’re basically creating a “ketchup fried rice” in this first part.
PART 2: “Omelette” (this is for one serving)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tbs oil
- Whisk eggs in a bowl, until fluffy and full of air bubbles. (1-2 minutes)
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Make sure it’s hot before you add eggs.
- (Time to test out your omelette skills.) Pour whisked eggs in pan and coat bottom evenly. When the egg is half cooked – add half of the “ketchup fried rice”to the middle of the egg omelette.
- Flip the sides of the egg over the rice, slide the egg to the edge of the pan and flip the omelette onto a plate. The smooth egg surface should be facing you, and the rice should be hidden under. (I suggest watching a video before you do this.)
Omelette Rice can be enjoyed by itself, but I like eating it with sliced cucumbers for a difference in textures. It’s a fairly heavy dish, and best eaten for lunch, brunch or dinner.
Now I’m sure some of you are wondering what “Cooking With Dog” is. But don’t be alarmed canine lovers. “Cooking With Dog” is a Japanese YouTube Cooking channel featuring Francis, the canine co-host.
This channel has over 1.23 million subscribers, however the channel hasn’t put out a new video since Francis passed away November 6, 2016. Of course, I would still encourage you to watch the dozens of videos that have been released since the channel first began in 2009.
Here is Cooking with Dog’s recipe for Omelette Rice.