Words & Photos by Anson Yu
Recipes by Edward Bugia
First part of this article here.
We went back to the kitchen to try a fast version of omurice or Japanese omelet rice. But upon seeing the shelves of instant noodles, Chef Ed suggested changing the rice to instant pancit instead.
After the noodles were cooked, he had them fried in catsup and canned tuna.
He then grabbed another skillet and made a thin omelet.
Then he poured half of the cooked noodles onto the omelet and made it into a roll.
Before serving, he drizzled the omelet with catsup and mayonnaise. The result looked wonderful and we couldn’t wait to taste it. After our first forkful, we were very pleased. This one succeeded beyond our expectations! It had a flavor that reminded us of a merger between a takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls) and an okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancakes). Chef Ed then dubbed this creation as the “Omu-cit”. I just simply marveled that we were able to achieve this with a few simple ingredients from the convenience store.
To be honest I was skeptical about our last recipe: Ed’s version of a Monte Cristo by coating the sandwich in egg and crushed chips, then frying them. Normally I don’t like pre-made sandwiches in convenience stores, but after Chef Ed served me his version of this dish, I was shocked! It turned out to be a tasty treat.
Once you master our recipes, we do encourage you to try and make it your own. Would the huevos rancheros be served better with rice instead of bread? Want to add cubed spam to the huevos dish? Why not? Might a dash of hot sauce add more depth to the flavor of the omu-cit? Use different chips than the ones in the Monte Cristo recipe? Go ahead! You can even make your own sandwiches with fridge leftovers! Our hope is that we’ve encouraged you to unleash your creativity in the kitchen. And maybe along the way come up with your own recipes based on what’s available at your nearest convenience stores.