We visited this long-established restaurant named Hokkyokusei that is said to be the birthplace of Omurice.
What is omurice ?
Omu is omelette and rice is rice. Omurice (Omuraisu) is fried ketchup rice rolled with thin omelette. It is one of Yoshoku (Western-influenced Japanese foods).
The birthplace of omurice is not clear. Some restaurants are said to be the birthplace. One of it is this Hokkyokusei. And in Tokyo, Taimeiken in Nihonbashi is said to be one of it.
Both of restaurants have a long history and has been loved by lots of people.
Their name is “Shinsaibashi honten”, but it’s closer to Namba station than Shinsaibashi station..
We can feel the history of them in such a wooden architecture built in 1950.
Though they have some branches, this head shop is far better than another branch because it.
This is chicken omurice (チキンオムライス, 720 yen). Though they have variety of omurice, for example scallop omurice, pork omurice, shrimp omurice. But the most basic omurice is, all the same, it.
Mostly people think omuraisu’s rice is chicken rice with ketchup.
Now, half-cooked egg is popular for omurice. But their egg of omurice is well-cooked. And the ketchup sauce having pickles is sour a bit. But this was the standard omurice that I used to eat when my childhood. It’s the tastes of my memory.
By the way, omurice is cooked at home. It’s simple and easy. And inexpensive.
About the restaurant
Name in English / Hokkyokusei Shinbaibashi Honten
Name in Japanese / 北極星 心斎橋本店
Address / 2-7-27 Nishi SHinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Phone / 06-6211-7829
Open / 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Closed / December 31st, January 1st
Reservation / Unavailable
Credit card / Available
URL / Website (in Japanese only), Instagram