Omurice – family-friendly cheap food

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Omurice is a family favourite all over Japan, and has spread to become popular in countries such as Korea and Taiwan. It’s a funny example of western inspired Japanese cuisine, being an omelette (omu) covering flavoured rice (raisu)! It may sound a bit unappetising or odd, but Omurice is a simple dish with a host of sauces and meats to make things interesting. Omurice is usually topped with ketchup, but demiglace sauce is also popular.

Price: Around 400 yen at stores, from 700 at restaurants

Name in Japanese: オムライス/Omu-raisu

Where can I get it?

Available at most cheap family restaurants and bento shops, Omurice can also be found in supermarkets or convenience stores like the ones below:

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.