I like food, and I like anime. A lot. Ever since I watched Shokugeki, Sweetness and Lightning, and a bunch of other food-focused shows a year ago, I’ve started taking a huge interest in cooking fun dishes instead of the regular old lazy ones I used to make.
This is the first time I decided to make a blogpost about it. Totally not because this was the first recipe from an anime I’ve ever made that wasn’t a failure or ended up being a different dish altogether, nope nope.
So for today’s breakfast, I went with Omurice from the Sweetness and Lightning manga! I won’t post any full pages here other than that cover, so ya’ll have to find the manga online yourself, but I did get a picture of the ingredients. That much should be okay! (Please don’t swat me)
Oh, and this recipe calls for you to make your own ketchup, so use these as well if you plan to make this specific recipe. You honestly should too, homemade ketchup tastes way better than store-bought.
For the process, I’ll do a simple breakdown of the steps here. The manga obviously explains it better, and you can also look up some omurice recipes for more details as it is a fairly simple dish for a cook who knows enough about the basics. I just added my own thoughts, as well as limitations. The whole process is about an hour or more, so make sure to wake up a bit early to make this.
Note: I will assume you have properly cut and chopped the ingredients. Lots of resources online teach you about proper cutting and chopping technique.
- To create the ketchup, take your onion and can of whole tomatoes, put them in a blender, and slurry into a paste.
- Pour paste into a pot, then turn it down to low heat and leave to simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Make sure to stir every so often. If it’s a bit too thick, add a bit more water, or tomato sauce if you have it.
- Once the sauce has simmered a bit, add in the spices,and simmer for another 10 minutes. After that, add in the sugar and salt to taste, stew for another 5 minutes, before finally hitting it with some vinegar. Cook and stir for one or two more minutes and the ketchup is done!
- Now, saute the other half of the onion in a frying pan on medium-low heat. Once fragrant, add in the chicken thighs until the surface is white, then add the mushrooms and saute until soft. I suggest you do this once the ketchup is half-done to maximize your time.
- Now, add some salt and the finished ketchup to the mix, before finally adding the rice. Mix evenly, leaving no white spots. We want every grain being flavorful.
- Once done, slowly transfer the rice over to a bowl, put a plate over it, and flip it upside down. This gives it a nice shape for covering it with the egg later. To keep it completely smooth, use the flat side of spoon or spatula to shape it.
- Now, get your eggs and beat them thoroughly. Spread a proper amount of butter on a pan, and pour in your egg once it’s hot enough, and make sure to salt it a bit in its liquid state to give the egg some taste.
- Remember to stir in from the outside to make it nice and gooey. Once the surface isn’t liquid, put a rubber or wooden spatula under it, bring the pan over to your rice, and gently slide it off on top. Top it off with a ketchup design of your own for those fun aesthetic points, and we’re done!
Mine turned out great! My family really liked it, which is a surprise since they are usually averse to my experiments. My common foods are fine, such as spaghetti and chicken, but when I start getting weird, that’s when we start getting problems. Luckily, this was not one of those times. This was a fun and simple recipe, and I do hope I can make more of these posts in the future. It was great!
How did yours turn out? Is it your first time cooking, or was this easy for ya? Whatever it is, let me know down in the comments below!