We’ve seen grated radish animals and stunning character bentos swimming in stews that are hotpot, but this winter it’s all about shivering rice cats begging to be covered in bright yellow omelette blankets.
The first cat to begin the tendency was the star of a Japanese advertisement for a local brand of eggs called Kiyora. In the advertisement, the drowsy kitten lies on a plate on the counter, waiting for its owner’ that is ‘ to tuck him into a Japanese futon bed to keep warm.
Alas, after looking in the refrigerator, the cat’s creator finds the egg carton empty. Time to head off to the store to buy a pack of Kiyora eggs!
People in Japan forthwith fell in love with the adorable notion, which plays on the family-friendly ‘omurice’ dish, made from an omelette filled with ketchup-seasoned fried rice. A number of sweet chilly cats have been appearing on Twitter since the ad began airing last month.
The only issue, obviously, is having to finish your meal when it looks this adorable!
Simply wrap individual rice portions in plastic wrap or cling film, to welcome your own cat that is chilly to the dining table and then mould them into round shapes before assembling them in a cat-shape in your plate. Add some cheese or sausage pieces for ears and the face and then finish with some cut nori seaweed bits for the eyes and whiskers. Is cover your creation with an omelette and you’ve got the most adorable weeknight dinner to surprise family and friends. Happy eating everyone!