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Begin your day with these 5 simple and delicious Japanese breakfasts

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By cinnamonellie, grape Japan

Japan is known for its healthy and delicious food and a few of the dishes that probably come to mind are miso soup, sushi, yakiniku.

Miso soup is one of the main dishes in traditional Japanese breakfast and is quite easy to make, too.

Here I will be introducing you five of the easiest Japanese breakfasts you can quickly make in the morning or the night before and I will start with:

1. Rice Balls/ Onigiri (おにぎり)

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Onigiri is probably the easiest and quickest breakfast to put together when you are out of time. You can make it with whatever leftovers you have in the house and I recommend pickled plum, salmon, tuna or bonito flakes with a bit of cheese; because making rice balls is so simple, I like experimenting with ingredients and trying new combinations.

If you feel that you have no time in the morning, you can also make them ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Rice Balls are easy to make, filling, and delicious, with a lot of ingredients you can choose from, so it is also hard to get tired of it because you can always make some new combinations.

2. Tamago Kake Gohan (卵かけご飯)

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A Japanese bowl of rice with raw egg, a bit of soy sauce and nori on top, this is Tamago Kake Gohan. Pretty simple, right?

I also like putting green onions or natto on top and also use my leftover miso along with the rice for a more traditional breakfast.

It is easy to make and very delicious, too.

3. Tamagoyaki (卵焼き)

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Tamagoyaki or the Japanese Egg rolls are quite simple and you can also make it salty or sweet, depending on your preference.

I like both and depending on my energy in the morning, I choose which one of the two I am going to make.

Most of the time is sweet because I feel it also goes well with coffee and the sweet taste gives me more energy to start my day.

I like using kombu dashi (kombu broth), soy sauce, just a bit of salt, and around 2-3 tablespoons of sugar for the sweet one.

As for the salty one, I sometimes put green onions or cheese inside and skip the sugar.

There are many recipes out there and you can get creative with it and adapt it to your taste.

4. Mini Japanese Breakfast

You can also have a mini Japanese breakfast with rice, miso soup (I like putting tofu and seaweed inside), salmon, some quick tsukemono(Japanese pickles), fruits and natto/mozuku if you are a fan of it.

I like making cucumber with sesame oil, kombu, sesame seeds, pickled plum, bonito flakes as an okazu (side dish) because it is easy to make and very refreshing during summers.

I cut the cucumber (after peeling it), then mix all the ingredients in a bowl or Ziploc.

I recommend leaving it a little in the fridge before consuming it. You can do that while preparing the other dishes.

5. Ochazuke (お茶漬け)

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Ochazuke is one of my favorite dishes to eat during cold days. It is rice with green tea.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to think, but after trying it, I found it so delicious and it just warms me up inside.

You can also buy the ochazuke at any supermarket and all you need to do is add hot water on top of the rice after putting on the ochazuke filling. Most have pickled plum, salmon, wasabi, and so on.

These are my top 5 recommendations for Japanese breakfasts.

My favorite is probably the mini Japanese breakfast as I am used to eating a good meal in the morning to give me a lot of energy during the day.

I skip dinner quite often, so the Japanese breakfasts give me so much energy and I feel a lot healthier since following this routine.

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Yum! LOVE all of the above!

A Japanese bowl of rice with raw egg, a bit of soy sauce and nori on top, this is Tamago Kake Gohan. Pretty simple, right?

I also like putting green onions or natto on top and also use my leftover miso along with the rice for a more traditional breakfast.

It is easy to make and very delicious, too.

I'm going to do that tonight!

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Never eat Japanese breakfasts. After 30 years still eat western style, usually wholewheat toast, jam, boiled eggs, yogurt with fresh fruit, coffee.

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Are those really healthy early morning on empty stomach? Rice (carbohydrates), Raw Egg (salmonella)?

I wanted to change my Breakfast meal, it's alternatively 2 boiled eggs with two toasted brown bread Or wholegrain branflakes, granola, chia seed, oats mixed with coconut/almond milk.

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BackpackingNepal

Are those really healthy early morning on empty stomach? Rice (carbohydrates), Raw Egg (salmonella)?

Yes, rice should keep you energized throughout the morning. I get that some people refuse to eat raw egg - it's a matter of preference. It doesn't hurt to cook it but in Japanese breakfast the heat from the white rice slowly cooks the egg anyway. There's a reason the TKG is a staple in breakfast for centuries now.

Conversely, I want to try your breakfast style as it is fairly low GI. I'd add an espresso or doppio though.

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 usually wholewheat toast, jam, boiled eggs, yogurt with fresh fruit, coffee.

 2 boiled eggs with two toasted brown bread Or wholegrain branflakes, granola, chia seed, oats mixed with coconut/almond milk.

all delicious

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Raw egg is a pretty staple item in Japan. Not saying it's impossible, but I never heard of anyone here getting salmonella from it.

For breakfast I prefer cereal (not sugary), fruit and yogurt with a cuppa.

TKG is good for a quick mid-day snack.

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Love Japanese food, but when it comes to breakfast, American, all the way.

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Green salad and baked fish are Japanese food items and not internationally standard.

Who knew?

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I just can't bring myself to eat rice for breakfast. Especially Japanese rice.

I'm more of the Zhichi/Nepalbackpacking camp, minus the eggs. None of that horrible soft Japanese buns, but healthy, wholemeal, crusty, tasty European bread. Or muesli with no added sugar. Not only are cereals in Japan expensive, but they're all loaded with sugar.

Miso is ok, but NOT for breakfast. Having a bowl of salt is not the first thing I want to do in the morning.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

typo:

Miso - misoshiru

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Kippers and poached eggs! Marvellous! But I'm fond of natto meshi, too!

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I tried miso soup once, that was 17 years ago.

The nice thing about American bacon is you can fry your eggs in it, and then save some for another day and cook your sliced taters with it. And that’s only 1st breakfast, 2nd breakfast is not so healthy.

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Never eat Japanese breakfasts. After 30 years still eat western style, usually wholewheat toast, jam, boiled eggs, yogurt with fresh fruit, coffee.

is that a command, or are you just telling everyone that that's how you (stubbornly) do you?

anywayz, easy high-protein brekky is a heating some rice and cracked egg so the egg is hanjuku, throw on a natto pack and some goma-abura (or la-yu) and shiokosho. satiates for a good few hours.

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I think the second one would be really good with a poached egg but eating raw eggs is asking for trouble. Cooling kills any bacteria. Eating that egg raw could lead to illness. Poach or fry it first.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Eggs scrambled into stewed tomatoes on top of fresh rice is a great breakfast too.

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