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This Vegan Omurice recipe is an egg-free twist on the classic Japanese dish of a fried egg and fried rice. Thanks to mung beans, you get the same texture and flavor but keep things totally vegan and gluten-free!
What is Omurice?
Omurice is a classic Japanese diner dish. It’s made of an omelette, or fried egg served on top of fried rice! Usually, it’s made with chicken fried rice, flavoured with ketchup. Then there’s always the iconic drizzle of ketchup on top! I would say this is a pretty well-known dish, that has been popularized by anime.
How to Make Omurice Vegan
Nothing about this dish is very vegan friendly. However, because I’ve been working on a Japanese omelette recipe, I figured I HAD to make omurice.
For the fried rice base, I use all-veggie fried rice. There’s no ketchup because, personally, I’m not a huge fan of ketchup. Instead, I add lots of umami from mushrooms and veggies!
Traditionally omurice is served by shaping the rice into a football shape then wrapping the egg around it.
Other serving styles include a round dome-shaped rice mountain with the omelette simply layed on top. However, the vegan omelette is a little harder to work with. So I recommend rolling it together instead.
Tip: Make your omelette as thin as you can so it’s more flexible.
Ingredient Swaps and Substitutions
If you don’t have everything for this recipe, no worries. It’s easy to make swaps, such as:
Use a different mix of veggies for the fried rice. Try bell pepper, corn, green beans, or edamame.
Swap the rice for a different cooked grain, such as quinoa.
In a wok or large pan over medium heat, heat neutral oil. Once hot, add carrots and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add shallot and green onion stems and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Finally add garlic, snap peas and shiitake mushrooms.
Break up the rice with your hands a little bit, then add to the pan and gently break down with a spatula. Add salt and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add sesame oil, gluten free soy sauce and coconut sugar and stir to distribute evenly. Taste and add additional seasoning as desired. Finish with black pepper and remove from heat.
To assemble omurice
To assemble your omurice, press fried rice into a small bowl so it’s nice and compact.
Lay an omelette on the plate, flip the small bowl onto the omelette and lift to reveal a little dome-shaped rice mountain. Using your hands, gently press into more of a log shape, then roll your omelette. Flip so the seam side is face down on the plate.
Finish with a drizzle of ketchup, garnish with green onion tops and enjoy.
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