Omusoba - Japanese Omelet with Stir Fried Noodles and Vegetables

Nov 20, 2010 by Caroline Phelps | 0 Comments| Share it:   



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  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: ~30 mins.
  • Serves: 4

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Omusoba is a very popular dish in Japan that can be found in ‘family restaurants’ and izakayas (Japanese brasseries). It is an uncomplicated dish, remindful of what you would get in a Japanese household. Sweet and savory flavors are both present in this Japanese omelet that’s extremely satisfying on a cold day!


  • 8 eggs
  • 1 carrot, cut into small strips
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cabbage, chopped bite size
  • 4 tbsp. neutral oil (grapeseed, canola)
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. sake
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 sheet nori (dried seaweed), ground (I use a coffee grinder) or very finely chopped
  • 6 oz (170g) chow mein noodles (ramen noodles are also good)
  • Tonkatsu sauce
  • Kewpie Mayonnaise (optional)
  • salt & pepper

Step 1

Boil your noodles just short of al dente (you will finish them in the pan), rinse in cold water and set aside.

Step 2

Prep your vegetables.

Step 3

In a large pan over high heat, add 2 tbsp oil, garlic and onions, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables and cook until they are almost soft (about 8 minutes).

Step 4

Lower the heat and add noodles, water, soy sauce, sake, rice vinegar, sugar and nori. Mix well and cook for a couple of minutes.

Step 5

While the veggies are finishing up in the pan, grab another pan to make your omelets. Use 2 eggs per omelet (break in a bowl and briefly whisk). Add oil to the pan and when the oil is hot, make your first omelet.

Step 6

When the omelet is ready, put it on a plate and repeat the process until all your omelets are made.

Step 7

Equally divide the veggie and noodle mix and spread it on one side of each omelet. Fold with the empty side, squirt a good amount of Tonkatsu sauce on top, add some kewpie mayonnaise too if you like to add creaminess, and serve!

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