Bending the rules with Japanese Tamagoyaki...
Always thought the Japanese only love sushi?
Similar to South Africans' scrambled egg breakfast habits, Tamagoyaki is a much loved dish!
To top it up even further, elaborate presentation of simple foods is common in Japan. So we followed suit and tried it out, but... what are rules if you cannot bend them? Most surprisingly though.. it is probably one of the most filling egg dishes we've had up to now... no wonder the Japanese have beautiful bodies!
Tamagoyaki is mostly preferred in the mornings! It is also a favourite for bento boxes for lunch and with other foods like sushi. According to Japanese Cooking 101, Tamagoyaki is thin layers of eggs cooked and rolled into a log using a special rectangular Tamagoyaki pan. Do not fear, if you don't have a rectangular pan, you can certainly use a round frying pan. Some Tamagoyaki can be very sweet. Our family has fallen in love with the taste of our 'bent' super easy Tamagoyaki version below. We do encourage you however, to also try out the original recipe.
Here's how easy it is:
6 New Generation Eggs
1/4 tsp salt
Mustard Cream Cheese
Sweet Red Pepper Cream Cheese
Mix eggs and salt in a bowl.
Heat a pan at medium high temperature and add oil. (A rectangular Tamagoyaki pan is best, but a round pan can work as well.)
Pour a thin layer of egg mixture in the pan, tilting to cover the bottom of the pan.
Make 5 thin layered egg pancakes.
Spread Mustard and Sweet Red Pepper Cream Cheese according to taste on each layer.
Layer the pancakes on top of each other
Roll the layered egg pancakes into a log.
Slice the ends of the log off and then slice the log into ~3cm pieces.