After a tiring Easter Sunday, the Easter Bunny is going back to bed. G’night all, see you next year! For the rest of us, it’s bank holiday Monday! ^_^
This is my take on the popular omurice, based on one of my food illustrations. Literally ‘omelette rice’, the omurice is a popular contemporary Japanese dish inspired by the West. It is made by wrapping fried rice (chahan) with an omelette, finished with a generous squeeze of ketchup. The omurice makes a great one dish meal and looks fantastic in your bento box too.
Here’s how to make my Sleeping Bunny Omurice.
- 3 eggs
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- half a cup of sushi rice
- a handful of mixed vegetables
- 2 white mushrooms, finely chopped
- 2 leaves of napa cabbage / Chinese leaves, sliced
- a handful of chopped onions and mince garlic
- 1 tsp of light soy sauce
- a dash of dark soy sauce
- 1 tsp of aka (red) miso paste
- black pepper
- some broccoli florets and cherry tomatoes
- spring onions
1. Start by cooking the rice. Wash the rice till water is clear and cook in rice cooker or pan. Rice:water ratio is 1:1.25. Once rice is done, set aside for 10 minutes to let it cool down.
2. Beat the eggs and make 2 omelettes.
3. Stir fry the chahan ingredients in a little olive oil. The rice goes in when the vegetables are cooked. Fold until rice is a nice brown colour and the vegetables evenly distributed. The fried rice should look like this:
4. Assemble the omurice. Start by shaping the ‘pillow’ using half an omelette. Then using a bunny mould, create the ‘head’ of the bunny with the rice, carefully removing the vegetables. Using a similar method, shape two small rice balls as ‘hands’.
5. Place the chahan in the middle of the plate. This is the ‘body’ of the bunny.
6. Trim the edges of the second omelette to create the ‘blanket’ and lay over the chahan ‘body’.
7. Decorate the ‘blanket’ by squeezing some ketchup and sprinkling some chopped spring onions.
8. Cut some of the remaining omelette to define the ‘ears’. Then cut out the ‘eyes’ and ‘mouth’ from a sheet of nori seaweed using a pair of scissors. Assemble the rest of the parts. It should now look like this:
9. Finally, place the broccoli florets and tomato onto the plate. Your Sleeping Bunny Omurice is ready!