3 Traditional Japanese Breakfast You Must Know About

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Japanese breakfast is a Japanese tradition that has been around for centuries. Japanese culture believes in balance and harmony, so they have a lot of different options when it comes to their morning meal. Some Japanese people will eat fish or eggs for breakfast, others will prefer rice or noodles, and there are also many Japanese who enjoy sweet things such as pancakes. But the most common japanese breakfast consists of miso soup with tofu and vegetables like carrots and mushrooms. This article is going to teach you about 3 traditional japanese breakfasts that you should know about!

Miso Soup

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In Japan, a traditional breakfast is miso soup with rice and pickles. Miso soup is a Japanese staple that has been around for centuries. It’s made from fermented soy beans, salt, water and koji (a fungus). The mixture is cooked to form the broth which can be consumed both hot or cold.

Miso soup varies in color depending on what type of koji was used during the fermentation process. White miso uses white koji while red miso uses red koji also known as aka miso or aka-misoyaki . Other ingredients that are sometimes added are seaweed , tofu, green onion, radish sprouts, wakame seaweed , sesame oil and grated ginger. Fish stock, or dashi , is also used in japan.


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Tofu is a popular Japanese traditional breakfast. It is made from soybeans, water and a coagulant agent. The resulting curds are pressed into soft white blocks. Tofu can be cooked in many different ways, including frying it to make “chòuchìdófu” or firm tofu, boiling it in soy sauce to make “yóudàidài”, or baking it with sweet syrup to make “shirokùitáng”. Tofu can also be marinated and deep-fried, prepared with teriyaki or sukiyaki sauce (in which case the dish becomes known as chukadon), served raw (in a dish called “hiyayakko”), or grilled on charcoal (yaki dofu).

To make a Japanese traditional breakfast, tofu is just served in a traditional Japanese breakfast with nothing else. For westerners, Japanese traditional breakfast may need some salt to add a Japanese traditional breakfast taste.


Japanese people are particular about what to eat for breakfast. Japanese traditional breakfast is typically Japanese rice with miso soup, pickles and natto. Natto is a sticky brown dish made from fermented soy beans. It has an earthy smell, but it tastes salty and sharp when eaten with Japanese rice or noodles. The combination of the strong natto flavor and the bland taste of Japanese rice make this dish unique in Japan’s cuisine, which consists mostly of fish dishes.

Natto was first introduced to Japan by Chinese Buddhist monks who were vegetarian because they believed that eating meat would lead to moral decay according to their beliefs, around 1200 AD when Buddhism spread through China into Japan. They brought over different food products including soybeans which became popular among Japanese monks, and Japanese started cultivating their own soybeans. Japanese used to add natto to Japanese rice for more flavor and slowly Japanese people in general started eating natto with Japanese rice.

Natto must be eaten freshly made because it will smell bad over time, so Japanese traditionally eat natto before going out in the morning. You might still see Japanese people eating natto at the train station before commuting to work.

Natto has a good source of protein, and Japanese traditional breakfast is known as a healthy meal in Japan.

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