Sweet Rolled Omelet “Datemaki”
Made with egg, sugar, mirin, and fish paste or mashed shrimp.
I have received an unexpected gift “Datemaki” from my friend!! She is quite a cook, so it is not comparable to the commercial product.
Moist and supple texture, and mild and sweet flavors.
It is a traditional food of Japan, but it has something like Western-style.
When and where originated?
It’s said that the event of Nanban trade period at Nagasaki (Nagasaki Prefecture currently).
“Datemaki” is written “伊達巻き” in Kanji, literally “elegant roll”.
A recipe for making “Datemaki” has a lot of similarities to the Nagasaki sponge cake “Kasutera”, and it is also very similar to Portuguese sweets “Torta de laranja” (orange rolled cake).
So it is considered that it was a customized food, a new Japanese food, under the influence of Western culture.
– egg + sugar + orange => Torta de laranja
– egg + sugar + fish paste => Datemaki
is sweet rolled omelet, which made with egg, sugar, mirin, and fish paste or mashed shrimp. It is often used “Hanpen” instead of fish paste in the home cooking. 伊達巻き（だてまき） literally “elegant roll”