This Curry Omurice is a delicious way to step up your egg omelet recipe. The dish features beaten eggs that are pan-fried and put on top of rice with Japanese curry sauce that is smothered on the plate.
About Curry Omurice
Omurice or omuraisu literally means omelet and rice in Japanese. It is a Japanese omelet dish with fried rice as a filling. The dish is popular both commonly cooked at home and often found at the western-style cafes in Japan. This Curry Omurice is the variation of ordinary omurice, featuring Japanese curry as the sauce. Instead of fried rice, I use plain rice just to balance out the rich flavor of the curry. If you are looking for the classic one, I also have the ordinary Omurice recipe.
There are two main components in this Curry Omurice rice, which are the egg omelet and curry sauce that will be explained further below.
The omelet is basically just cooking beaten eggs on a frying pan. It is more about the cooking technique rather than the ingredients. I have found three ways to cook the omelet for the omurice.
The easiest way is to just pour the egg and let it cook on the pan until solidify, then pour it over the rice mound. Lately, people prefer the scrambled egg version instead of the plain thin layer of egg. To make this, pour the beaten egg on the pan on low heat, then use chopsticks to quickly form small curds. When the eggs are half cooked, gather the egg to the center with a rubber spatula to form an even circle. When the bottom is set but still soft and barely hold together on the top, drop the eggs over the rice. For reference, you can go to my previous Omurice recipe or view the video on my YouTube channel to make the scrambled version.
Lastly, I have an obsession with watching tornado omelet on YouTube lately. Have you seen it? It is basically a whirlwind-looking egg that is draped over a mound of rice and then bathed in curry. The dish comes from Korea and it relies more on rotating techniques from twisting the egg with a chopstick to rotating and jiggling the pan. It looks very simple at first glance, just twist the eggs during pan-frying with chopsticks to create the egg vortex. However, now I know how hard it is.
I was determined to make it with a few videos as my only guidance. After several failed attempts, this is probably my best shot. I decided to be content with a small swirl in my omelet. I am sure it takes some practice, but still a fun and challenging experiment to make at home in your kitchen. If you had great success with tornado omelet, can you give me some tips and tricks in the comment below?
2. Curry sauce
Making curry sauce at home is actually very easy. Thankfully there is prepackage curry roux which already has all flavor packed inside which melts easily in hot liquid. It is a staple of Japanese households and you can find Japanese curry roux at supermarkets across Japan. You can find them sold online. I used the Vermont curry mix, which has a milder taste.
You just need to cook the vegetables and meat in a stock, after which add the solid chunks of roux to the broth. You can usually find the prepackage Japanese curry roux in 3 levels of spiciness – mild, medium, and hot. I personally prefer the mild-medium one because it has a sweeter flavor.
If you are making the recipe, you can consider making the curry sauce ahead. It takes time to boil the potatoes and carrots until tender. If you have some leftover curry at home, you can simply pour it over omurice and toss in more ingredients. In fact, I use the leftover curry sauce made from the previous Chicken Katsu Curry recipe.
I do not use any meat in the curry sauce because I intend to eat it with chicken katsu at first. If you like some meat in your sauce, just add and cook it fully before you add the stock.
In the recipe, the curry sauce is for 4 servings. It takes a pretty long time to cook the carrot and potato chunks until fully tender. Therefore, I usually make a pot at once and store the leftover in the refrigerator for up to 1 week for another meal. For the leftover curry sauce, you can try making Chicken Katsu Curry because I used the same recipe for the curry.
More Japanese Curry Recipes
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