The Best Omurice in Japan
I don’t know what it is about omurice, but every time I see it on my instagram feed I desperately want it. Fried rice wrapped in a fluffy pillow of Japanese omelette, covered in sauce. It’s all my favourite things put together.
In Korea my friends see it as cheap food, so they always talk me out of getting it when we go out to eat. That’s why I was pumped to try supposedly one of the best omurice restaurants in Japan on my last trip.
The name of the restaurant is Hokkyokusei Shinsaibashi Honten, located in downtown Osaka. It’s a very old restaurant, with a beautiful garden and traditional decoration.
I ordered the classic omurice and hamburg steak, and my friend ordered the garlic beef omurice.
Everything was well made and fresh, but what struck me was how familiar it tasted. It tasted exactly like the Salisbury steak TV dinners my mom used to microwave for me as a kid. WHAT??? On the other side of the world at a nice family restaurant, I was experiencing deja vu for a TV dinner?
What could it mean? Did the Japanese get the same TV dinners in the 50’s and embrace them? Were those TV dinners actually really amazingly accurate? After all I’ve never actually had Salisbury steak… And is Salisbury steak the same as hamburg steak? They don’t taste the same in Korea.
Needless to say, as fascinating as it was to experience deja vu for a microwaveable dinner in Osaka, the fact that it tasted the same was pretty disappointing as far as my expectations for the best omurice in Japan.
After coming home from Japan I really wanted to try to recreate the omurice myself! It turned out really good, the flavour was just like a restaurant. But once again I remembered I don’t really like omurice…
Oh well, at least it looks good for Instagram.
For more information you can visit Hokkyokusei’s website at:
Their TripAdvisor page here:
Their address is:
2-7-27 Nishishinsaibashi Chuo-ku Osaka 542-0086 Osaka Prefecture
And the map looks a little like:
Have you had omurice before? Have you visited this restaurant? Do you hate eggs with a passion? Let me know in the comments below!