What does it taste like?
Japanese rolled omelette called “Tamagoyaki” may taste sweeter than you think as it contains good amount of sugar in it. Also, a lot of Tamagoyaki recipes include “Dashi”, the cooking broth of Japanese food made by heating water containing kombu, a kind of seaweed, and bonito flakes, which add a rich flavor to Tamagoyaki. Tamagoyaki that includes Dashi is also called “Dashimakitamago.” We also add some salt and soy sauce when making Tamagoyaki, which enhances the sweetness of Tamagoyaki. Because of Dashi included in Tamagoyaki, often times it has soft and fluffy texture.
How to make tamagoyaki?
Making Tamagoyaki is not that difficult, except for rolling eggs on the pan. No need to worry if you don’t have seaweed or bonito flakes to make Dashi. You can also make Tamagoyaki without Dashi. Firstly, what you need to prepare is 2 to 3 eggs, 2 to 3 teaspoons of sugar, and less than 1 teaspoon of salt. If you have Dashi, then prepare some (less than 50ml of Dashi depending on how much you like to add a Dashi flavor to your Tamagoyaki). Mix everything in a bowl.
Secondly, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil onto a pan and heat it completely. Once heated, add just a little bit of what you prepared in Step 1, mixed eggs, to the pan.
Thirdly, you start rolling eggs once they are half heated on the pan. Start with a little roll and it will get bigger and bigger as you add more eggs to the pan. We normally use chopsticks to roll eggs but you can replace chopsticks with a spatula. It is easier if you use your hand to support eggs, especially when rolling eggs on the pan.
Keep rolling eggs as you pour additional eggs into the pan. The egg roll will become bigger and bigger and may get more difficult to roll but don’t give up! Make sure to add a bit of oil into the pan once in a while before pouring additional eggs into the pan.
Once you are done rolling eggs, put them onto a chopping board and cut into smaller pieces.
No need to use chopsticks, just use your hands to try them out! With limited ingredients, you can enjoy a little Japanese dish at home.