An EXTENSIVE look at what the Japanese eat for breakfast!
Plain white rice. Commonly referred to as gohan (not the Dragon Ball Dude) The Go-han we’re talking about here is prepared in a “Sui-hanki,” or rice cooker.
Side note: “Go-han” also means “meal”
So breakfast would be 'Asa gohan' (morning meal)
Lunch would be 'Hiru gohan' (noontime meal)
and Dinner would be ‘Ban gohan’ (evening meal)
Japanese rice is nutritionally well-balanced, and contains large amounts of vegetable protein - the good kind, which in turn, helps to provide energy. It also contains a harmonious balance of calcium, vitamins, and dietary fiber.
Is another representative ingredient in a traditional Japanese meal. It’s created by transforming a mixture of fermented soybeans, salt, and a special fungus, into a miso paste, which is then combined with dashi soup stock, and mixed with hot water. Seaweed, tofu, mushrooms, and various other vegetables can also be added for additional healthy and delicious results.
Miso is protein-rich and bursting with folic acid,
minerals, as well as vitamins B, E, and K.
Sushi is more of a lunch and beyond kinda thing.
When it comes to breakfast, the Japanese usually (get) throw down with with a nice cut of Sake (Nooo. Not alcohol 'sake.' THAT sake would be a problem for breakfast)
I’m talking about THIS Sake! (Salmon).
Sake is rich in:
Vitamin B, Potassium, Omega 3 fatty acids,
and may reduce heart disease.
Saba is loaded with vitamins b, b12, selenium, and protein.
Nihon Jin Hit up tuna for vitamins A, B6, B12,
iron, and as an ally in reducing cholesterol.
Sanma (Pacific Saury)
Representative of Autumn Japanese cuisine.
Like mackerel, Sanma has a plethora of EPA and DHA omega 3 fats, and promotes a healthy heart.
Side note: The top comedian in Japan goes by the stage name “Sanma.”
The fish is often topped off with a little shredded daikon (shredded radish), and a splash of shouyu (soy sauce)
Side dishes include various chopped goodies such as cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, and broccoli, seasoned with a little ponzu (citrus-based sauce).
Anyway, also one can commonly find pickled plums, and chopped pumpkins at Japanese breakfast tables.
The Japanese also get down with scrambled eggs, sunny side up, seasoned with salt and pepper like most of the world does. Omelets are a BIG thing in Japan, although the Japanese versions are not spicy. In general, Japanese food isn’t spicy, some exceptions include WASABI and Karashi. Anyway, a final word about eggs: For those on the go, a raw egg mixed with soy sauce, scallions, and then spread over rice is a go-to meal in the clutch!
Tamago-Kake-Gohan! That’s one you can try right now!
In the west, children rue the day they’re made to eat villainous veggies such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
For Japanese children too, a green nemesis exists!
A: Peaman (green pepper) [no puns, please! lol]
B: Broccoli (broccoli)
C: Hourensou (spinach)
a brown seaweed rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, and fiber.
I’m sure most of you know this one already.
Basically, blocks of soy milk.
Great source of protein, copper, iron, ZINC!
Gobou (Burdock root)
They are a great source of potassium, and are also known for being effective anti-oxidants, as well has possessing other medicinal properties.
Such as green tea, (rokucha) hojicha, ooroncha
Hot water dispenser.
Hot water dispensers are awesome when you’re in a hurry and need hot water NOW. The dispensers boil water and maintain it at optimal temperatures for long periods of time.
Natto is a incredibly nutritious superfood linked to various health benefits, such as stronger bones, achieving a healthier heart, better digestion, weight loss, improved mental health, lower blood pressure, a stronger super immune system, and even a deterrent certain types of cancer!
It’s also one of the FUNKIEST foods possible
And by funky, I mean stinky.
Stinky because it’s made from pungent, fermented soybeans and healthy bacteria. As a bonus it’s spider-web sticky, all kinds of slimy, and VERY awkward to eat!
Anyway, natto is usually mixed with “Karashi”, soy sauce, and sometimes chopped scallions, and then spread over rice.
Natto no doubt plays an instrumental role in why the Japanese have such long lifespans!
Whereas the in Japan, a typical SUPERMARKET, looks something like this.
As you can see, artificially sweetened sugar “O’s” and other neon colored cereal culture are not a thing at ALL in Japan.
You can find Corn Flakes and frosted flakes. One can guess the absence of sugary cereal is at least one factor that keeps obesity low in Japanese children, among other things.
Muesli is available in Japan
The Japanese have fried food in their breakfast menus, as well. Examples include mini sausage links, and mini processed ham strips, both eaten in moderation.