Dancing Queen in the Kitchen – Omo Rice

end of the month eggs on toast extravaganza no. 11 - omo rice and abba's dancing queen
I don’t know how exactly to spin the lyrics of one of my all-time favorite songs, Abba’s Dancing Queen, into something for September’s End of the Month Eggs on Toast Extravaganza, celebrity guest-hosted by Stephanie, the Happy Sorceress. All I can say is that Abba was pumping out of my stereo at volumes that are probably grounds for eviction in my building whilst I was doin’ the hustle at the stove top. Hope that counts. And if not, what if I was wearing white knee-high go-go boots?! They were, uh, for halloween one year, I swear. LOL!

Well, now it’s into October, and we’re long past the end of last month. Certainly le gran buffet of eggs has already been put together, but ah well, that’s what happens when it’s friday night and the lights are low…

I am the dancing queen. :)

end of the month eggs on toast extravaganza no. 11 - omo rice and abba's dancing queen
omo isn’t really korean for omelette

And this is Omo Rice, a Korean dish of fried rice covered by or wrapped in a thin egg omelette. Omo rice is comfort food, so it’s typically served at home. Or, when you’re looking out for a place to go and end up at a Korean café, where they play the right music, you’ll see omo rice on the menu, along with other typical k-café foods like kimchee dooboo, kimchee bok-keum bahp, and that very authentic Korean food, french fries. LOL! (Potato salad is on there, too, but that’s a subject for another day.)

end of the month eggs on toast extravaganza no. 11 - omo rice and abba's dancing queen
leave them burning and then you’re gone

“Omo” refers to the omelette, which makes sense, but I really don’t have any idea how the translation got so messed up. It’s a thin omelette seasoned with a dash of soy sauce, a dash of sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Usually, it’s simple fried rice with any assortment of vegetables under the omelette, but getting in the swing, I made spicy fried rice. Along with the soy sauce and sesame oil for seasoning, I added goh-choo-jahng, the same red pepper paste that is added to bibim-bahp. I need heat. You come in to look for a king.

Wait. Oops! Wrong place for that line ;)

end of the month eggs on toast extravaganza no. 11 - omo rice and abba's dancing queen
special order – no ketchup

The funny thing about omo rice and many of the cafe/bistro foods of other Asian cuisines is that they sometimes borrow the strangest, most un-Asian things from other cuisines. For example, I have friends and family members who put Spam and American cheese on their ramen. Spam doesn’t really count as un-Asian, but what about a slice of plastic-wrapped Kraft American cheese?! Omo rice doesn’t get as crazy as American cheese, but it is usually served with a giant glop of Heinz tomato ketchup right on top of the eggs. I don’t even like ketchup with French fries, so I left the ketchup off and chose kimchee as my condiment instead. :)

There are my eggs on rice (not quite toast, but this is Disco). Now I’m off to dance, jive, and have the time of my life…

*twirls out of kitchen with plate of omo rice over head*

You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen

Friday night and the lights are low
Looking out for the place to go
Where they play the right music
Getting in the swing
You come in to look for a king

Anybody could be that guy
Night is young and the music’s high
With a bit of rock music, everything is fine
You’re in the mood for a dance

And when you get the chance…

You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen
Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen

You’re a teaser, you turn ’em on
Leave them burning and then you’re gone
Looking out for another, anyone will do
You’re in the mood for a dance

And when you get the chance…

You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen
Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen

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  • Kirk

    Yum Sarah – Back home in Hii we call this a Fried Rice Omelette, and make portuguese sausage and spam fried rice and put it into an omelette. Best place I ever had it also put gravy on the egg!

  • sarah

    gravy?! hm. you mean like brown meat-drippings-based gravy?!

    damn, kirk. that sounds kinda….goooood.

    as long as it were SPICY gravy, LOL!

  • sarah

    gravy?! hm. you mean like brown meat-drippings-based gravy?!

    damn, kirk. that sounds kinda….goooood.

    as long as it were SPICY gravy, LOL!

  • Kirk

    Hi Sarah – No it was like Egg Foo Yung gravy – but we dump tabasco on it along with chinese mustard and soy….so it was sinus clearing, and chili pepper spicy, but the gravy added salty and sweet along with the spam…..OMG, I’m going off here! Somebody get me my O2!!!!! Brown gravy would be great also – come to think of it – I’ve had Kim Chee Fried Rice Omelette somewhere…..arghhh

  • Miss Tiffie

    oh yum yum! I’ve noticed Koreans really like their spam! And I’ve had that omo rice with it in it before, and they put ketchup on top of the egg…

  • Anonymous

    yummy~
    it looks so delicious.
    Japaneses like spam more than korean. they add spams in every food like Ramen, miso soup and of course japanese style omellet.

  • Anonymous

    Though I’d like to point out that the dish is of Japanese origin.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omurice

    These are quite tasty depending on what you fill it with.

  • Anonymous

    Though I’d like to point out that the dish is of Japanese origin.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omurice

    These are quite tasty depending on what you fill it with.

  • Anonymous

    technically, this isn’t even korean food. During the war between Japan and Korean, the cultures collided causing them to pick different things up from each other. Which is most noticed in the food. Both Koreans and Japanese eat omo rice.

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