Japanese Sweet Omelettes: The Backbone of Any Otaku Lunchbox!

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Let’s talk about eggs. That’s right, eggs. Eggs are a staple food in many countries around the world, and every food culture has a different way of preparing them beyond just scrambled or fried. Eggs are a huge part of Japanese food culture, and are enjoyed a lot of different ways. Today we are going to talk about a few of the most distinct and famous ways that Japan uses sweet eggs in particular, where you can find them in anime, and how to make one variety yourself!

And yes, we did say “sweet eggs.” That may sound a bit strange if you’ve never enjoyed a sweet omelette before but hear us out before you write it off! These sweet egg dishes are really delicious and can be found across Japan; they’re well-loved for a reason!

A Complex, Yet Simple Dish

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There are three main dishes that are all Japanese sweet omelettes - tamagoyaki, datemaki, and tamago nigiri (and there’s lots of variations to these dishes, too!). They are all a little bit different, but have the same basic idea of being a slightly sweet, fluffy egg that serves as a side dish to a larger meal. They aren’t actually desserts so don’t let the name fool you; the sweetness of these omelettes is faint, and just serves to make them taste different from other egg dishes. They’re meant to be enjoyed as part of your meal. Tamagoyaki is a popular lunch food, and looks like an omelette all rolled up. Datemaki are small, flat omelettes usually cut to look like flowers. Finally, tamago nigiri is sometimes called “egg sushi,” because it’s strips of omelette served over rice and tied in with seaweed, always served as part of a sushi meal.

Have you ever noticed any of these egg dishes in anime? Tamagoyaki, in particular, is really popular, and basically any school anime with a bento box has one tucked inside! Some specific examples include Lucky Star, Minami-Ke, Kekkaishi, Hibike! Euphonium and even Naruto. Tamagoyaki is requested by name in Kanon when Yuuichi is asking Mai was foods she wants him to make for her lunchbox. The next time you’re watching an anime, especially a slice of life one, keep your eyes on the lunch boxes and see how many different sweet egg dishes you can spot!

Because tamagoyaki is the most popular dish for anime, we are going to teach you a recipie specifically for that today. But this base recipe can be adapted to make other sweet omelette dishes as well, so don’t be afraid to expand upon your skills once you get this base down! There’s a big secret behind how to make these sweet omelette dishes turn out the way you want them to (read as, fluffy and delicious). You have to have patience, and cook the egg one thin layer at a time. These thin sheets of egg are then rolled up into a larger omelette, and that’s what gives it its unique texture! Keep that in mind when you start cooking.

Tamagoyaki (Japanese Sweet Omelettes)( -2 servings )

What you need:


2 tbsp

1/2 tsp

2 tbsp

olive oil
1 tsp

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    First, add the eggs, salt, sugar, and water in a mixing bowl. Mix them together gently, trying to avoid making too many bubbles in the mixture.
  2. 2

    Next, strain the mixture through a sieve a few times to help make the texture fluffier.
  3. 3

    Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. If you have a rectangular pan, this is the most traditional way to make tamagoyaki, but you can use whatever you have! Be sure to always keep the pan on medium heat when you are cooking, or the final texture of the eggs won’t be right if they’re overcooked on low heat.
  4. 4

    Pour 1/3 of the egg mixture into the pan, scrambling it gently and breaking any bubbles that form. As the surface solidifies, try to roll the omelette up and push it to one side of the pan.
  5. 5

    When you add the next 1/3 mixture to the pan, lift the omelette you already have to allow it to run under it. Then repeat the above step, rolling the omelette up around itself, and finally do the same thing for the rest of the mixture.

  6. 6

    Once the omelette cools down, you can slice it in the shape you desire, either in long strips or circle slices!


Final Thoughts

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If you have never had any kind of sweet omelette before, there’s no time like the present to try! Keep in mind that just because they have the word “sweet” in the name, that doesn’t make these dishes a dessert. They’re always enjoyed as a regular part of the meal, which is how you should have them, too! And don’t be frustrated if they don’t turn out as beautiful as they are in anime the first time you try. Japanese omelettes take patience and practise, and if you keep trying, you’ll be making Instagram-worthy bentos before you know it.

Have you ever had one of these sweet omelette dishes before? What’s your favourite anime featuring one? Did you try our recipe, and how did it work? Drop us a comment before you leave!

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Author: Jet Nebula

Living the dream in Tokyo, where you can find me working at a theme café catered towards women. When I’m not writing for Honey’s, I’m working on original dystopian science fiction or blogging about Tokyo’s trendy coffee scene. I spend my free time in Harajuku and Shibuya wearing alternative Japanese street fashion. I love video games, J-rock, tattoos, and Star Wars.

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