Japanese dancing omelettes – Bonito style


So it was my turn to cook breakfast. What to do? What to cook the kids that they’d like?

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Kids love this. Watching the little dried flakes hitting the warmth of the eggs and literally dancing.” width=”720″ height=”540″ /> Kids love this. Watching the little dried flakes hitting the warmth of the eggs and literally dancing.

Lets get creative and make Japanese style omelet.

Piece of cake this if you have the ingredients to hand. That’s what drove me to create this one – basically what was in the fridge!

This will make a 2-egg omelet, so quite big and potentially enough for two. Or if you have a son like Oliver, it’s enough for one person.

You’ll need;

  • 2 eggs;
  • 1 pinch of salt;
  • 1 pinch of cracked black pepper;
  • 2 tablespoons of full cream (or milk if you don’t have, but cream is way better); and
  • 1 process fish cake, crab stick or similar.

Beat all this together with a fork. That’s done.

Take the processed fish cake and slice it thinly. Now this may cause some confusion as an Asian fish cake is used in soups and the like and is a “blob” of processed fish. Not the fish cakes with potato and breadcrumbs we may be used to in UK. If you can’t get this, some firm white fish fillet will replace quite nicely.

Take a fry pan and add a tablespoon or so of vegetable oil. Place on the heat and when hot add in the fish cake slices. Stir-fry these until they start to go golden brown. Add in the egg mix and cook until the underside has started to brown. Fold over in half with a spatula and cook for another 5 minutes or so. You don’t want runny goo in the middle.

Once done take it off the heat. Plate this up.

On top sprinkle some bonito flakes. This is basically dried fish flake. As they hit the heat of the omelet they start to wriggle and move.

Goodness knows why, but my kids loved this. Their food was moving on the plate in front of them.

Try different varieties, replacing fish cake with sliced hot dog, cheese – pretty much anything you like.

Simple is it not! Kids loved it. Especially watching the bento flakes dancing, hence the name that was given to the dish by my Amy.