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Traditional Japanese Breakfast

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The japanese style coddled egg is made with pickled garlic, spring onion and ghee instead of butter. Besides I had some white radish and a carrot, spiced with sesame paste (tahin), black sesame and some lime juice.

Yesterday I made japanese breakfast the first time. It takes some mins more than usual “western” breakfast, but it´s worth the effort! Having japanese breakfast, I´m not hungry all day long. How japanese people say: The breakfast is the most important meal! Because a good day starts with a good and nutritious breakfast.

Usually, the main parts of breakfast are: A bowl with rice or okayu (rice porridge), some miso soup, an egg, meat and/or fish, a cup of green tea or hot water and a couple veggies. This sounds much, but it´s light and afterwards your belly feels warm and “healthy” instead of heavy. Besides you don´t need to eat snacks all the time, so you won´t eat more than you use eat on other days. By the way: Did you know that Japan has the lowest rate of overweight persons and the highest life expectancy? All due to their nourishment! One reason more to love japanese food…


I made the chicken teriaki style with a pre-mixed teriaki marinade and used oyster sauce and soy sauce for the broccoli. The omelet is filled with fresh spinach.

Okayu is made with a ratio of 1:5 (1 part rice, 5 parts water) and takes around 1/2 hour for steaming. It´s eaten with soy sauce, sesame oil and toppings like coriander, peanuts, spring onion, roasted sesame, dried mini-fishes and so on. In my opinion it doesn´t need all of this stuff, there are enough different tastes if you use two or three of the ingredients.You can use both jasmine or sushi rice, but for this dish the taste of jasmine rice fits better (I tried both 😉 ). The miso soup is made with miso paste (miso concentrate), nori, spring onions, silken tofu and – obviously – water. You just have to add the ingredients to the boiling water. Yesterday I used an egg instead of tofu; I put it into the boiling miso soup and it wasn´t inferior than my miso soup of today with silken tofu.

Anyway, if you have time, enjoy a complete japanese breakfast! Else you can make some okayu and eat it with soy sauce and the veggies you have; in some asian countries people use to do it like this and it seems to be totally okay 😉



Author: selmamatter

Hey there I´m a swiss student living in Zurich. My blog is about foreign food and lifestyle; I choose one country per week to blog about.

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