Umukuji Hirayachi (Sweet Potato Starch Omelet)

Demonstrated by: Ellen Higa.
Featured in Hui O Laulima - Giving a Helping Hand on May 22, 2005.

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Ingredients:

Umukuji Hirayachi (Sweet Potato Starch Omelet)

  • 1 cup umukiji (sweet potato starch-see note)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 stalks chives or green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped kamaboko (Japanese fish cake)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dashi no moto (Japanese fish flavored soup granules)
  • 1 package (1/2 oz ) bonito flakes
  • Oil for frying

Directions:

Dissolve the umukuji in the water. Add remaining ingredients, except the bonito flakes, and mix well. Heat a medium-sized skillet with 1 teaspoon oil. Stir the mixture thoroughly before making each omelet as the umukuji tends to settle on the bottom. Pour about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the mixture to coat the bottom of pan. Sprinkle 1 heaping tablespoon of the bonito flakes after the mixture sets slightly. Flip over once and brown slightly. Flip over again, roll into a crepe. Makes 2 to 3 servings.

Note: Umukuji is seldom available in local markets or Asian grocery stores. However, it can be purchased at the Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park during the Labor Day weekend.

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