Watch This Chef Make a Japanese Omelette in 12 Seconds Flat

updated Feb 12, 2020
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If you’ve ever been to Japan, and even if you haven’t, you know that Japanese culture is all about doing things in order and with great precision. And if you’ve had a chance to ride on the Shinkansen, Japan’s high-speed bullet train line, you might also say fast. About 200 miles-per-hour fast. 

From its fine-dining sushi experiences à la Jiro Dreams of Sushi and 7-Eleven bento boxes to teppanyaki restaurants and traditional tea ceremonies, Japanese cuisine ranges from high end to casual, with a focus on both singular flavors and unique combinations of flavors to keep the palate guessing. But even among this range of flavors and combinations, there’s always a thread of consistency between them: quality, care, and thoughtfulness. Which is precisely why this video of a chef making a Japanese omelette in 12 seconds flat is so fascinating.

Where American omelettes are a process to make with all the chopped vegetables and shredded cheese to make them as gigantic as possible, and then cooked until a golden crust forms on the outside, French omelettes are more simple, cooked until just done and rolled into a cylinder rather than into a full, round shape like its American cousin. Japanese omelettes, on the other hand, are a little different. The most iconic version of a Japanese omelette is called tamagoyaki — it’s made by rolling together multiple layers of cooked egg, often prepared in a rectangular omelette pan called a makiyakinabe or tamagoyakiki.

But this chef eschews the traditional, more process-oriented technique of making a Japanese omelette for speed by pouring the egg onto a hot griddle. Then, using not one but two metal spatulas with lightning-speed skill, moving the egg mixture around the griddle quickly and swiftly until just cooked, and rolling it up into a French-inspired cylinder shape before adding it to the top of a generous heap of rice and sauce. (It’s hard to say exactly, but the final dish looks a lot like omurice).

Et voilà: an omelette served in under 15 seconds. Now that’s breakFAST.