The first cat to begin the trend was the star of a Japanese commercial for a local brand of eggs called Kiyora. In the ad, the sleepy kitten made from rice lies on a plate on the counter, waiting for its ‘owner’ 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 shop to buy a pack of Kiyora eggs!
People in Japan instantly fell in love with the adorable concept, which plays on the family-friendly ‘omurice’ dish, made from an omelette filled with ketchup-seasoned fried rice. Since the ad began airing last month, a number of sweet chilly cats have been appearing on Twitter.
ちょこ (@makki_rui) November 08, 2015
岡林葵 (@AoiGossipgirl) October 28, 2015
息子が塾に行く前に♪ きよらの卵で作ってみた～♥ https://t.co/OE07WLpvPE—
dinosaur&b (@dino_sa) October 26, 2015
きよらのCM見てずっと作りたいな～って思ってたオムライス作ってみた٩( 'ω' )و https://t.co/5sfJNzoeay—
瑠璃丸＊1日目東T47b (@ru_lily) November 01, 2015
☞ふらわぁ@相互ʚ♡ɞ☜ (@flower_makaron) October 31, 2015
terumi♡ネイルハウス♡Tellme (@tellme71) October 31, 2015
私がネコを作って、母が卵布団を掛けてくれましたー🌸 可愛すぎて食べられない💦 ……………………いただきます👏😞 #きよらの卵#きよニャ#寝冷えネコ https://t.co/w7SbcON9Eo—
たら松 (ちーたら)11昼22夜忍ミュ！ (@39mirai1) October 30, 2015
The only problem, of course, is having to finish your meal when it looks this cute!
はしもと けｰと (@_08kei02_) October 30, 2015
To welcome your own chilly cat to the dining table, simply wrap individual rice portions in plastic wrap or cling film and then mould them into rounded shapes before assembling them in a cat-shape on your plate. Add some cheese or sausage pieces for the face and ears and then finish with some cut nori seaweed pieces for the eyes and whiskers. All that’s left to do is cover your creation with an omelette and you’ve got the cutest weeknight dinner to surprise family and friends. Happy eating everyone!