2.013 Chicken Katsu with Omurice


18 (Tue) January 2011

Chicken Katsu with Omurice


at Meedam

(Ajou University Hospital)

-Woncheon, Yeongtong, Suwon, Gyeonggi, Korea-


As I write this post, I can’t think of the word to describe the conversion of something, like a food, into a Japanese style.  Both “Americanized” and “Koreanized” seem okay, but maybe because I use them a lot.  I can think of “Anglicized” but not the French counterpart. I googled “Chinized” but got nothing.  For some reason, the term “Japanized” feels awkward.  Nevertheless, Dictionary.com has an entry for it.

Omurice is a Japanese dish.  Fried rice wrapped in an omelet.  The name is a portmanteau of the words “omelet” and “rice.”  In Korea, it’s often categorized as a Western food, or perhaps a Japanized Western food, though I can’t think of anything remotely similar in Western culinary traditions from which it could have derived.

The food court offers chicken katsu and omurice as a set, neither one very satisfactory.  The ketchup and mustard didn’t help.


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