Tamagoyaki, Japanese omelets, can be found throughout Tsukiji’s Jōgai, Outer Market. Within about a 50 feet meter there are three tamagoyaki shops. Recently some good friends of ours gave us a tamagoyaki from Marutake. Marutake has been in business for over 80 years. It is a very popular shop. The bespectacled son of the owner, Terry Itō, is a famous television personality and his photo is proudly displayed at the shop.
The tamagoyaki is on the sweet side, hence the name tamagoyaki. In Kyoto where the savory version is more popular, it is called dashimaki-tamago. At home we make the dashimaki version about once a week, so the sweet style from Marutake was a nice treat. And, has it is sweet, it calls out for something to balance the flavor. We grated some daikon which had a tinge of bitterness to it and topped it with some soy sauce. The perfect side dish for any Japanese meal, breakfast, lunch, or dinner. All the better with a glass of saké.
Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 4-10-10
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The Asahi Shimbun newspaper released results of a survey of popular egg dishes in Japan. Many of these are dishes we make at home. The one big difference of living in Japan and when we lived in New York City is that we only eat raw eggs in Japan. Also, our oven in Japan has a steam function making it very easy to make chawanmushi, a savory egg custard.
If you love eggs, then learning how to make the savory dashimaki (rolled omelet) or the sweeter version tamagoyaki is essential. Dashimaki is more prevalent in the Kansai region while tamagoyaki is more popular in the Kantō region. Buying a tamagoyaki pan will help make rolling the omelet a snap.
Japan’s most popular egg dishes are:
1. Omuraisu (ketchup flavored rice enveloped in an omelet)
2. Tamago kake gohan (raw egg and soy sauce over rice)
3. Dashimaki (savory, juicy rolled omelet)
4. Chawanmushi (savory egg custard)
5. Omuretsu (Western style omelet)
6. Tamagoyaki (sweet rolled omelet)
7. Medamayaki (sunny side up fried egg)
8. Yu de tamago (boiled egg)
9. Onsen tamago (soft-boiled egg)
10. Tamago sando (egg salad sandwich)