Finally, an acceptable breakfast option at 7-Eleven: Eggs Benedict Sandwich

By KK Miller

For a Westerner in Japan, breakfast is just incorrect. If North Americans living in Japan had to pick the one thing they miss most about home, a lot of them would probably scream, “Breakfast food!” Traditional Japanese breakfast is completely different and usually consists of rice, fish and miso soup. It’s boring, lacking in any real taste and basically good for you, unlike our favorite breakfast dishes. Of course, some places serve a “Western-style” breakfast, but that usually includes ham that they call “bacon”, in other words, facon! Get outta here you fake bacon!

So when 7-Eleven dropped this “Eggs Benedict Sandwich” onto its shelves, we figured it couldn’t possibly be worse than any other breakfast food out there, or could it?

It always starts with a random venture to the convenience store to find a drink or a quick snack and ends up being an adventure. There is a new food to try? Excellent, throw it in the basket! So when we saw this non-assuming plastic wrapped English muffin sandwich on the shelf, we only gave it a cursory glance because it was new. But then we read: Eggs Benedict Style Muffin.

No way! Hollandaise sauce, ham, and egg sandwich?!? We looked at the main ingredients. Muffin, half-boiled egg, bologna sausage, and hollandaise sauce. Pretty much the same. But, hollandaise sauce in Japan? That is a tough sauce to get right.

After heating it up (500W, 1 min or 1500W, 20 sec) we delicately started to unwrap the packaging. The wrapping was obviously done this way so that someone could use it to hold the sandwich and catch any sauce droppings.

It’s actually pretty close to what real eggs benedict tastes like! The hollandaise sauce is definitely not made from scratch but it could compete with any of the instant sauces in the States. The ham is thick enough to provide its own distinct taste and the egg completes the sandwich. It is certainly not the best eggs benedict ever, but it’s an adequate substitute for one you could find in a restaurant. While it is a bit pricey at 320 yen for only one sandwich, it seems to be available any time of the day, as long as it’s in stock. Our final thoughts?

It rocks.

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My gosh! Are you talking about Japan from 15 years ago? There's a lot of places offering a western style breakfast. I would dare to say, even more than the ones offering a traditional Japanese one. Just gotta look for it.

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That's considerably more than what an Egg McMuffin costs, which is essentially the same thing minus the hollandaise. If this were Starbucks or another eat-in coffee shop that would be fine, but for prepared-in-advance combini food? That's a bit too steep.

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Japanese breakfast > American breakfast any day. No contest.

American breakfast is just fat and carbs and salt. Nasty way to start the day.

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Nicely written.

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So for Western read North American. Right...

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I was so disappointed when I moved to Japan and found out that Denny's here doesn't even know what a "Lumberjack Slam" is. Now that's what I call an American breakfast!

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Has the rest of the world never heard of a "full" British isles Breakfast (English/Irish/Scots/Welsh) It has to be the worst health meal on the planet that tastes great anytime of the day.

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I don't know anyone who ate a "typical North American" breakfast everyday. I'm sure there are a few people who do, but generally speaking I think that most people eat something easier to prepare such as oatmeal, cereal or toast. Those heavy breakfasts such as the ones described are generally for the weekends. I've also had the Japanese breakfasts, and while it may not suit the author, I would definitely not call them boring. I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast experiences both at ryokans and at a real Japanese family. Perhaps if they never changed from day to day, they would be boring, but they usually are varied.

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Anyone who buys their breakfast from a shop is a lazy arse. Just bung a bit of bread in the toaster or fry up a few rashers and an egg. it takes ten minutes. What is wrong with people?

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