The Japanese have different ways of drinking coffee, many follow the Western way of eating a bagel or something light, as it is fast and cheap. But traditionally Japanese breakfast is a great nutritious menu, similar to a lunch.
The Japanese breakfast has no coffee in its name. The word Asagohan [朝ご飯] literally means “morning rice”. Rice is inclusive in this beautiful breakfast. The foods that make up traditional Japanese coffee are practically the same as Hirugohan [昼ご飯] for lunch and Bangohan [晩ご飯] for dinner.
A small traditional breakfast consists of steamed rice, miso soup, and various dishes such as grilled fish, tamagoyaki (omelet), tsukemono (preserves), Japanese-style pickles (like takuan or umeboshi), nori (dried seaweed), natto and others. Drinks are usually milk, coffee, green tea, English tea, and orange juice.
Other ingredients that usually accompany a traditional Japanese breakfast are:
- Fried pork with ginger.
- Vegetable soup.
- Sunomono – Sweet and sour cucumber salad.
- Oyakodon – Chicken and eggs on rice, with miso soup.
- Okayu – Rice porridge.
- Bacon, Sausage and other meats.
- Some toast.
- Fried chicken with curry.
- Corn soup.
- Fried tofu and wakame miso soup.
- Ozoni – soup with mochi.
- Pickled peppers.
- Cabbage cooked in butter.
- Tanuki udon.
Some of the ingredients mentioned can be easily mixed into a personalized breakfast.
If you want to try a traditional Japanese breakfast, you can stay in a traditional inn like the ryokan. They serve a full traditional coffee. Some western hotels often serve a mix of western and traditional coffee.
Western Cafe in JAPAN
As in the West, Japanese children often eat cereal with milk, hot chocolate and fruit juice. Adult Japanese (especially younger ones) often eat toast with butter or jam, eggs and slices of vegetables, and usually drink coffee or juice.
Other ingredients that usually accompany a Japanese breakfast in the Western style are:
- Konbini bread.
- Bread with cheese and cream.
- Omelet with spinach.
Japanese people who usually have a western or personalized breakfast, do not have to do the work, they go straight to a konbini or restaurant, this makes the choices endless.
If a Japanese wants to eat a Cup Noodle, snacks, a Nikuman or a rice ball (very common) just buy it. If a Japanese person wants to, he can eat something different every day.
And you who live in Japan? What do you usually have for breakfast?