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Omurice: Which is Your Favourite?

Shall we eat Japanese or Western food tonight?

A word that you will come across often in Japan is yōshoku (洋食). This can be translated as “Western, or Western-style, food”. This category covers a whole range of different kinds of food, from French cuisine to hamburgers. Often, though, it refers to a type of Japanese cuisine which has been influenced by Western cuisine. I have already introduced katsu curry, which is one of these Japanese-Western foods, but here I’d like to introduce another very popular dish known as Omurice (オムライス).

Reference: KATSUCURRY: Western food invented in Japan.

The word omurice is a contraction of the English words “Omelette” and “Rice” and is an example of wasei-eigo or Japanglish.
Omlet rice

The exterior may look like a typical omelette but once you cut into it you’ll find chicken rice.
Omlet rice
Chicken, vegetables and rice are fried with tomato ketchup and wrapped in a thin omelette. This is quite different from the chicken rice you’d find in Singapore.

Omurice is a popular dish, especially with children, and can be found everywhere. As you might imagine there are many variations.

The omurice in Romanza uses an original tomato sauce topping rather than the classic ketchup. The dish is beautifully arranged on this large plate giving a very stylish appearance.

Omlet rice
The luxurious omurice in the Retrokan is quite different in appearance. A fluffy omelette sits on rice in a demi-glace sauce.
Omlet rice

On the other hand, the Jonan Shokudo serves the classic omurice made with a thin omelette wrapped around chicken rice and topped with a generous helping of ketchup. This type is a staple dish in many Japanese homes.
Omlet rice

Each restaurant offers its own different variation of omurice so why not discover which one you like best!


(Romanza Restaurant and Cafe (浪漫座))
Address: 2-9 Yanagi machi, Saga city
Telephone: 0952-24-4883
Opening Hours: Cafe: 10:00 ~ 17:00 (L.O.16:30)
Lunch: 11:30 ~ 14:30
Regular Holidays: Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday). 29th December until 3rd January
Access 1: 10 min drive from Saga station
Distance to airport: 11 km from Saga Airport
Menu Language: Japanese

(Saga Retrokan (さがレトロ館))
Address: 2-8-8 Jounai, Saga city
Telephone: 0952-97-9300
Opening Hours: 11:00 ~ 15:00, 17:30 ~ 22:00
Regular Holidays: None
Access 1: 15 min drive from Saga station
Distance to airport: 10 km from Saga Airport
Menu Language: Japanese

Jonan Shokudo (城南食堂)
Address: 292 Fukuro, Honjo machi, Saga city
Opening hours: 8:00 ~ 20:00
Telephone: 0952-26-1835
Regular holidays: Sundays, National holidays
Access 1: 15 min drive from Saga station
Distance to airport: 10 km from Saga Airport
Menu Language: Japanese

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