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Omu-raisu in an unlikely place

Bryan Harrell | Aug 16, 2004 02:52 PM

I had dinner on Saturday at Arang Restaurant, a Korean place near Fillmore & Geary. The grilled beef dinner was so-so, and not up to the standards of Shin Toe Bul Yi (see previous post), but I got a surprise when a young Korean man came in, and ordered in Korean something that sounded just like "omu-raisu", the Japanese rice omelet garnished with stripes of bright red catsup. This is really a "soul food" dish in Japan, and is a part of home cooking for the more skilled.
What came looked to be a dead-on version of Japanese omu-raisu, but just a bit larger. A check of the menu revealed that it is filled with shrimp fried rice, apparently a Korean version of this dish. $6.95, which is quite a deal. Sides on the plate were shredded cabbage in dressing, and plain old canned corn -- very Japanese touches.
This looked quite good, and worth a return visit for.

It seems that Arang has quite a few other Japanese dishes, including udon and tempura. It would be interesting to get the Korean take on these dishes.

Arang Restaurant
1506 Fillmore, SF

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