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What to Eat in Breakfast While in Japan?

To the typical Western breakfast with bacon and eggs, Japanese breakfasts are a huge departure. Whereas hotels may give you a familiar choice, it pays to have a go at traditional Japanese breakfast, which is an exciting taste experience for daring palates. These meals are light but still full of flavor, and they have all the energy you need for the morning.

Let’s explore some quintessential Japanese breakfast dishes you might encounter on your travels:

1. Rice and miso soup as a foundation

Gohan (rice) has to be served with a steaming bowl of rice as the most important component of nearly all Japanese breakfasts. Short grain rice, which is glutinous or paraminsud, is used when texture and flavor are what’s important. 

Often times, miso soup as well as udon dessert have additional ingredients like tofu, seaweed, or vegetables, which increase the variety and also the depth of flavor.

Another popular addition to a traditional Japanese breakfast is natto, fermented soybeans that are often enjoyed with a side of soy sauce, mustard, and green onions. And for those who prefer a touch of seafood in their morning meal, sushi rolls, filled with fresh fish, vegetables, and rice, are a delicious and satisfying option.

2. Grilled fish, pickled vegetables, and more

In the case of Japanese breakfasts, small side dishes take on an appetizer-like role, but they also constitute the very core of the meal. The famous seasonings that are always present in Japanese cuisine are grilled fish (yakizakana), of which salmon, mackerel, and yellowtail are common choices. Fish is most commonly cooked traditionally on skewers with only salt, so it can display its original aroma fully. Fermented vegetables (tsukemono) will provide the good sour flavor and crispy texture that we are looking for.

Typically, popular types include and , where each fruit is packed into its own brine to get its unique flavor. Simmered vegetables, nori (seasoned seaweed), and natto (for obvious reasons), which is a fermented soybean with a strong flavor and sticky texture, are also good side dishes (although it may seem scary and challenging for first-timers).

3. Masterpiece of rolled omelets (Breakfast)

The eggs are among the star players of the Japanese breakfast table, as is undoubtedly the tamagoyaki, a rolled omelet incomparable to others. Precisely cooked eggeggs that were seasoned to get layers all thin are rolled into a rectangular shape, out of which a lightweight, fluffy, and a tad sweetomelet comes to reality.

One of the proofs of traditional Japanese culinary art is sufficient to demonstrate the ability and skill required to achieve tamagoyaki, a perfectly rolled omelette.

A traditional Japanese breakfast offers a delightful and nutritious start to the day. Common components include steamed rice and miso soup, both staples of Japanese cuisine. Grilled fish, often salmon or mackerel, provides protein. Tamagoyaki, a sweet rolled omelet, adds a flavorful touch. Natto, fermented soybeans, is a healthy and uniquely Japanese choice. Accompany these with tsukemono (pickled vegetables) for added texture and flavor. Nori (seaweed) and tofu are also common. To drink, enjoy green tea. This balanced meal not only nourishes but also immerses you in Japan’s rich culinary culture.

4. Bread, coffee, and western influences

While traditional Japanese breakfasts reign supreme, Western influences have also made their mark. An hotel or a breakfast restaurant offer options like bread, toast, or pastries alongside Japanese dishes. 

Coffee is also a popular breakfast beverage, as well as catering to those who prefer a more familiar morning routine. As a result, many people in Japan now enjoy the best of both worlds, combining traditional and Western breakfast options to create a unique and enjoyable morning meal.


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