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
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!
Tamagoyaki (Japanese Sweet Omelettes)( -2 servings )
What you need:
How to Cook It:
1First, 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.
2Next, strain the mixture through a sieve a few times to help make the texture fluffier.
3Heat 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.
4Pour 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.
5When 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.
6Once the omelette cools down, you can slice it in the shape you desire, either in long strips or circle slices!
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!