18 (Tue) January 2011
Chicken Katsu with Omurice
(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.