Omurice – family-friendly cheap food


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:


Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.