Omurice, sometimes spelled "omu-rice" (Japanese: オムライス, Omu-raisu), is a contemporary Japanese dish consisting of an omelette made with fried rice. Its name is a wasei-eigo of the words "omelette" and "rice". It is a popular dish both commonly cooked at home and can be found at many western style diners and izakaya restaurants in Japan. It is also a popular dish in many restaurants in South Korea and Taiwan.
The dish typically consists of chicken rice (rice pan-fried with ketchup and chicken) wrapped in a thin sheet of fried egg. The ingredients that flavor the rice vary. Often, the rice is fried with various meats (but typically chicken) and/or vegetables, and can be flavored with beef stock, ketchup, demi-glace white sauce or just salt and pepper. Sometimes, the rice is replaced with fried noodles, yakisoba, instead of fried rice, to make omusoba. A variant in Okinawa is omutako, consisting of an omelet over taco rice.
In South Korea, omurice is known as omulaiseu (오므라이스), and tends to be available at donkaseu-oriented and bunsik restaurants. Omurice is said to have originated at a western style restaurant called Renga-tei in Tokyo's Ginza district around the turn of the 20th century.
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