Why do the Japanese eat raw eggs? Is there no danger?

Have you ever thought about taking a hot rice or pasta and pouring a ovo cru in him? This is very common in Japan and is called Tamago-Kake-Gohan (卵かけ御飯). Some of you might feel disgusted just thinking about it, or maybe you're worried about salmonella poisoning. But that doesn't happen in Japan. 

There are countless Japanese dishes where you can throw a raw egg on top. It's not the same thing as eating a raw egg, it actually tastes great. Tamago kake Gohan is very famous and simple to make, it's just a raw egg mixed with hot steamed rice and seasoned with a little soy sauce.

Japanese restaurants usually leave a raw egg so you can toss it on top of rice or noodle broth. It is common to put raw egg in other dishes such as Sukiyaki and even Curry.


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And the dangers of raw egg?

In Brazil, everyone is advised not to consume raw eggs because of salmonella. Really, if you live in Brazil don't risk enjoying a  Eggs or a Sukiyaki with raw egg. But the Japanese are not afraid of salmonella because it is uncommon in Japan.

Eggs in Japan go through a strict process of sterilization and quality control so that they can be consumed. Of course, nothing is guaranteed 100%, so eggs that have a crack cannot be eaten raw, and after breaking an egg you cannot leave it unused for long.

If you are so afraid of raw eggs, you must remember that to sterilize salmonella it is necessary to cook the egg for 10 minutes at 60 degrees, so if you don't do that, you run the same risk. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1 in 10,000 eggs are infected with Salmonella. We do not know this statistic and we do not recommend the consumption of raw eggs in Brazil.


Benefits of Raw Egg

Although the boiled egg contains more protein than the raw egg, some vitamins contained in the egg (C, B6 and B9) are used when consumed raw. Not to mention that it forms a perfect combination in many dishes of Japanese cuisine. Is that you? Did you have the opportunity to eat a dish that contains raw egg? What was your experience?

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