Thursday, March 12, 2015


    Japanese Style Bratwurst Omu ... With Grilled Sesame Oil Breakfast Potatoes!
    Omuraisu is a fried rice stuffed Omu and it is the most popular Japanese omelette.  Omuraisu is not the only Omu offered by Japanese street vendors and trendy restaurants.  Omutaco is an Omu filled with taco meat and it is a popular choice.  Omusoba is filled with soba noodles and this is a best seller.  

     What is an Omubrat?  An Omu filled with one whole grilled bratwurst sausage!  Giving a Japanese omelette creation a name is as easy as starting a word with the letters "o-m-u" and adding the name or nickname of the featured omelette filling.  
     Today's Omubrat recipe is fairly easy to prepare.  The eggs must be cooked at a low temperature in a non-stick pan, so they are cooked to a pale color and so they are moist enough to remain flexible. The eggs also have to be trimmed to the length of the bratwurst, before the omubrat is rolled up. 

     In America, a table setting consists of a knife fork and spoon.  In Japan, a table setting is a spoon and chopsticks.  A whole Omubrat would be awkward to serve in Asia, because knives are not customarily part of a traditional table setting.  A whole Omubrat can be cut like a sushi roll, so chopsticks can be used to pick up the bite pieces.   
     Ketchup Is Traditional With Japanese Omu
     I cannot figure out why some people criticize the use of ketchup in recipes.  Ketchup is integral to many recipes.  Ketchup was originally created as a cooking sauce and it tasted good enough to serve as a condiment.  With this in mind, bottled or home made ketchup that is closest to the original ketchup recipe is best best for recipes.  This is because ketchup actually could be considered to be an Asian and Russian Mother Sauce.  Organic ketchup products that contain no corn syrup are the best choice for recipes.

     Ketchup is an integral component of Japanese Omu creations.  A Japanese traveler who visited America about 100 years ago really liked the omelets that were offered in local diners.  At that time, Americans were really into dumping ketchup all over their omelets.  The traveler assumed that ketchup was part of the omelet tradition and he retained this image after returning to Japan.  
     When the gourmand traveler cooked a few Omu in his home country, ketchup garnished the Omu.  Soon the trendy street vender food market in Tokyo got ahold of the Omu idea and Omuraisu went number one.  Of course every Omuraisu in Tokyo was garnished with ketchup.  
     Since ketchup is a Japanese Omu tradition, ketchup is part of today's Omubrat recipe.  Since this is a German theme Omu, jazzing the ketchup up with hot chile pepper or spice is unnecessary.  Plain organic ketchup is more along the lines of traditional German taste.  
     Authentic traditional bratwurst sausage is only made with pork.  Traditional bratwurst are mildly seasoned and only a small amount of spices are added.  Bratwurst actually is a good mild tasting breakfast sausage.  

     This entire recipe yields 1 omubrat!
     Grilled Bratwurst:
     Heat a griddle or sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil.
     Add 1 bratwurst that is about 6" long.  
     Grill the bratwurst on all sides, till it is fully cooked and lightly browned.
     Keep the bratwurst warm on a stove top.

     Sesame Oil Home Fries:
     Heat a cast iron griddle or sauté pan over medium low heat.
     Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
     Add 1 cup of small chopped russet potato.
     Add 1/4 cup of small chopped onion.
     Gently grill the mixture, till the potatoes become tender and a golden brown color.  Stir the home fries occasionally, so they cook evenly.
     Season with sea salt and white pepper.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of pure sesame oil.
     Toss the ingredients together.
     Keep the potatoes warm on a stove top.

     Place 2 large eggs in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt and white pepper.
     Add 1 teaspoon of water.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice.
     Whisk the ingredients till they are blended.
     Heat a non-stick saute pan over medium low heat.
     Add about 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil.  (No butter!)
     Add the egg mixture.
     Gently sauté the omelette, till the bottom half becomes cooked firm with no brown color.  Tilt the pan occasionally and use a rubber spatula to even the edges.
     Flip the omelette.
     Saute till the omelette becomes fully cooked with no brown color.
     Place the omelette on a cutting board.
     Place the bratwurst across the center of the omelette.
     Trim off a little bit of the round edges of the omelette, so it is the same length as the sausage.  (Snack on the egg trimmings or add them to Chinese style fried rice!)
     Roll it up and trim off any excess egg.

     Omubrat Presentation:
     Ketchup is the only required sauce for omu!   
     Place a bed of the Sesame Oil Home Fries on the center of a plate
     Place the Omubrat on the potatoes with the seam side facing down.
     Paint the Omubrat with lines of organic ketchup.
     Garnish each ketchup streak with an Italian parsley leaf.
     Garnish the plate with a few pinches of toasted black and white sesame seeds.

     Viola!  A big fat juicy plump Omubrat!

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