I like food, and I like anime.
Ever since I watched shows like Shokugeki and Sweetness & Lightning, 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 blog post 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, not at all!
So for today’s breakfast, I went with rice omelette (called omurice in Japan) from the Sweetness and Lightning manga! I won’t post any full pages here other than that cover, so you will 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. 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.
- To create the ketchup, take one half of your onion and one 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 vinegar grated garlic, grated ginger, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, clove peppercorns and chili pepper. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Add in the sugar and salt to taste, then let stew for another 5 minutes.
- Finish off with the 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar. Cook and stir for one more minute or until the ketchup is done. (Taste it at this stage if it’s to your liking).
- Saute other half of the onion in a frying pan on medium-low heat.
- Once fragrant, add in the chicken thighs until golden brown on the outside.
- Add the mushrooms and saute until soft. I suggest you do this once the ketchup is half-done to make the best use of your time.
- Add some salt and the finished ketchup to the mix.
- Add the rice. Make sure to 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 typical foods are awesome, 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 you? Whatever it is, let me know down in the comments below!