If you liked our previous recipe article on how to make Elven Lembas Bread from Lord of the Rings, and you’re looking forward to more film and television inspired recipes, you’re in luck.
For those of you who skew more toward anime than Western flicks, you’ll know that even though the food is animated, it often looks super mouthwatering. Just think of the iconic sumptuous spread in ‘Spirited Away’ from Studio Ghibli, or any of the Studio Ghibli food animations.
And there’s no better food anime than Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, when it comes to shots bordering on #foodporn. Plus, the recipes featured in the anime are actually feasible—which is why we’re trying one of them out today.
One of my favourite scenes in this anime series is the Breakfast Buffet challenge, when Soma (the protagonist) has to serve up 200 egg dishes in two hours, buffet-style, to pass the test. He chose to make mini soufflé omelettes, but the fluffy dish lost its shape quickly—he ended up doing a live soufflé omelette station to maintain the dish’s integrity.
What always caught my attention was how simple the recipe looked. And today, I’ve decided to try my hand at the recipe for Fluffy Soufflé Omelette from Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma!. It’s a little modified for convenience, but it makes a fluffy soufflé omelette all the same.
- 2 eggs
- 15g butter
- 4 cloves diced garlic
- 5 tbsp of tomato paste
- 45ml red wine
- Pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
- Mixing bowl
- Electric mixer
- Flat-based frying pan
Preparation time: 10 minutes; Cooking time: 5 minutes
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan and sauté the diced garlic.
- Once the garlic is fragrant, add tomato sauce and red wine.
- Simmer on medium heat for about 1 minute.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Crack 2 eggs into a bowl and thoroughly whip with electric mixer until thick enough that ripples remain on the surface, for about 5 minutes.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a frying pan and add the beaten egg.
- Cook on medium heat for about 1 – 2 minutes, and then turn off the heat, cover, and let steam for 1 – 2 minutes.
- Fold in half and plate.
- Pour tomato sauce over the soufflé omelette, and serve.
Recipe in Pictures
Step 1: Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan and sauté the garlic.
Step 2: Once the garlic is fragrant, add tomato sauce and red wine.
Step 3: Simmer on medium heat for about 1 minute.
Step 4: Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 5: Crack 2 eggs into a bowl and thoroughly whip with electric mixer until thick enough that ripples remain on the surface, for about 5 minutes.
Step 6: Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a frying pan and add the beaten egg.
Step 7: Cook on medium heat for about 1 – 2 minutes, and then turn off the heat, cover, and let steam for 1 – 2 minutes.
Step 8: Fold in half and plate.
Step 9: Pour tomato sauce over the soufflé omelette, and serve.
I definitely take back every thought I’ve ever had about this being an easy dish. Simple as the ingredients and steps are, the devil is in the details indeed. I messed up a few soufflé omelettes, trying to fold the delicate egg in half.
And when you’re whipping the eggs, make sure it’s really thoroughly whipped. The texture has to change from fully liquid to a thicker, more viscous texture that clings slightly to the whisk when you lift it.
Honestly, the sauce was the easiest part of the recipe. And it turned out really tasty. I used some leftover Shiraz for the red wine portion, and it added a hint of smoke and spice to the savoury, piquant sauce. If you prefer, you can use diced tomatoes which will make the sauce thicker from the start, but I’m not a huge fan of that. Besides, it saves the trouble of cutting up tomatoes.
Would I be able to whip up 200 of these soufflé omelettes within 30 minutes? Definitely not, and that’s why I’m not in the Totsuki Culinary Academy like Soma and his friends.
But it’s certainly a fun dish to try out, maybe for breakfast if you’re feeling particularly fancy. It doesn’t take too long to make, surprisingly—just 15 minutes for mere mortals like us.
If you’re a fan of the show, or if you’ve been wanting to try your hand at making soufflé omelettes, give this recipe a go and let us know what you think!
Expected Damage: S$2 per portion