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This is the best looking and tasting original tamagoyaki recipe I've come across. It's from the sazan kitchen studio and I found it on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z52CNYOWZRU I basically duplicated the recipe with a few changes to share with all my fellow Food.com users, but you can watch the video yourself if you like.
- Crack eggs into an appropriately sized bowl.
- Add the light shoyu, salt, and mirin to the eggs.
- Beat the ingredients together, then add dashi.
- Mix the dashi in lightly. It is important you don't mix too much, or the dashi will lose its flavor.*.
- Soak a paper towel in oil and wipe a frying pan with it, then put your frying pan over medium heat. If you have a rectangular or square pan, use that for best results.
- When the frying pan is hot, pour a thin layer of egg over it. Use your hashi or flipper to pop the bubbles.
- If using hashi, you need to flip or "roll" the egg towards you while gently guiding it with your hashi. Beginners may want to use a flipper, in which case you only need to roll the egg either toward you or away from you. Try not to rip the egg, but just keep rolling if you do.
- Now the rolled egg is on one side of the pan. You can choose to take it off of the heat now, or you can wipe the pan with oil again and add more egg. If so, remember to lift the cooked egg up to let the raw egg under it. Repeat until you have used all of the egg.
- After all of the egg had been used, move it (or them) to a cutting board. You can use a paper towel to shape the tamagoyaki while it is still hot, if you so choose.
- With the long side of the tamagoyaki parallel to yourself, slice evenly, though not too thin. There you have classic tamagoyaki!
- *If you are worried about appearance, this is the point where you would strain the egg through a sieve.