10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!

These days, “Washoku” is in the spotlight in many countries. As a result, Japanese cuisine added to UNESCO intangible heritage list in 2013. Washoku is traditional Japanese food culture, which is very healthy, well balanced and natural. Usually, Washoku consists of a bowl of rice, soup, and three dishes (one main dish and two side dishes) and it is called “Ichiju Sansai“. When it comes to Japanese food, you probably think it is sushi, but there are a lot of unique, traditional Japanese foods, which I want you try. Once you taste it, you will be obsessed with the foods. Sadly many Japanese people eat cereal or a piece of bread nowadays because we are busy and it takes time to make Washoku for breakfast. However, nothing can change the fact that Washoku is the best breakfast for us. And you can eat it in many places like Japanese style hotel. Usually they offer Washoku for breakfast.

In my opinion, breakfast represents food culture of each country. So, I would like you to know about Japanese breakfast. This article is for the people who want to know what kinds of breakfast we eat and people who want to explore Japanese breakfast. I would like to share 10 Japanese breakfast to Jump start your day.



 

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!

 

1. Rice

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!_rice

White rice has been the staple food for japan. It is not Washoku without rice and that is how much important for us. Japanese rice is a bit sticky and does not harden even cold. It continues evolving and it is no exaggeration to say that Japanese rice is the best rice in the world. If you taste it, you will see the difference.

 

2. Miso soup

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!_miso soup

It is literally a soup consisting of miso (soybean paste). Miso-soup is a traditional Japanese soup and it goes very well with rice. You can add seasonal ingredients to your miso soup. Personally, I recommend adding tohu (soy curd) and seaweed, which is typical miso-soup in Japan. It is easy to make, so make it in your own style.

 

3. Natto

Natto is fermented soybeans which is one of the popular breakfast foods in Japan. Usually, it is served on top of rice. Because of the strong smell and sticky consistency, it is loved by some and hated by others and also, it is an acquired taste, so I want you to try it several times even if you do not like it. Maybe you will get used to the taste and become love it.

 

4. Salmon

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!_Salmon

Cooked salmon is also popular breakfast food in Japan. If you ask Japanese what kinds of grilled fish they want to eat at breakfast, I am sure that most of them will answer that it is salmon. Salmon is food necessary for Japanese life. It goes very well with rice. Salmon can be main dish at breakfast.

 

5. Horse Mackerel

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!_Horse Mackerel

Horse Mackerel is as popular as Salmon for Japanese breakfast, especially grilled cut open and dried horse mackerel. This fish has a lot of small bones in it, so be careful not to swallow them.

 

6. Tsukemono

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!_Tsukemono

It is Japanese style pickles. There are many varieties of pickles such as cucumber, Japanese radish, Chinese cabbage, eggplant. Also, there are many ways to make tshkemono. Pickle the vegetable you like and preserved them in many ways such as using salt or miso. We usually eat them with rice.

 

7. Umeboshi

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!_Umeboshi

It is dried Japanese plum or picked Japanese plum. It is very sour, but has very good effects for our body because it contains citric acid which helps digestion and recovers from fatigue. It tastes good as it is, but if you pickle it in honey, it would be more delicious. Usually, it contains species, so do not swallow it.

 

8. Eggs

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!_Eggs

Eggs are protein-rich food, so it is good for us to jump-start your day. There are many ways to eat this simple food: Sunnyside up, omelet, fried egg or raw. We eat eggs in many ways including a row egg. Unlike Rocky, we do not swallow them, but eat them on rice. It is very tasty and I recommend you to try. When you eat a row egg on rice, make sure to use fresh and pasteurized eggs.

 

9. Nori

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!_Nori

It is sea weed or laver. Nori is food unique to Japan and we eat grilled seaweed at breakfast. Also, Nori is used to wrap Sushi roll. It is very familiar to Japanese people.

 

10. Seasoned Cod Roe

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!_Seasoned Cod Roe

We call it Mentaiko. It is a bit spicy and goes very well with rice. Mentaiko might look weird to people who do not know, but I can vouch for the taste of it. It is known as specialty of Fukuoka prefecture.

 

Conclusion

These are 10 Japanese breakfast to jump-start your day. Is there anything you want to try? I will be delighted if you discovered any fascination in japan through Japanese breakfast and I hope this article helped you to learn Japanese breakfast.

 

10 Japanese Breakfast to Jump-start your Day!

1. Rice
2. Miso soup
3. Natto
4. Salmon
5. Horse Mackerel
6. Tsukemono
7. Umeboshi
8. Eggs
9. Nori
10. Seasoned Cod Roe