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Traditional Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast
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When I was in Japan last week, I was very lucky to try out traditional Japanese breakfast at the hotel I stayed at. Needless to say, it was a new culinary experience to me–to be served with such beautiful and delicious small dishes to start off my busy day.

Traditional Japanese breakfast is a substantial meal and usually consists of a bowl of hot, freshly boiled rice, miso soup, toasted seaweed sheets (nori), pickled vegetables, a grilled/broiled fish dish, a simmered dish, a vegetables/tofu dish, and/or Japanese omelette roll (tamagoyaki). The combinations might vary, but you get the basic idea…

Even though I had been to Tokyo a few times, I’ve learned to really appreciate the art of Japanese cooking this past trip. (Food blogging does help a lot in this sense.) The meticulous attention and details that Japanese chefs/cooks display in their culinary aesthetics and creations have opened up my eyes, so much so that I resolve to go back to Japan soon to learn more about Japanese cuisine. And now, I completely understand the culinary world’s obsession with Japanese food. As a foodie, how can you not be?

 

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19 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Botacook

    Thank you for this post! I thought lately that I’d like to sometimes have a traditional Japanese breakfast for a change ;) (and because I love Japanese food)

  2. Kevin

    I did a tour in Japan where we were given the option of a Western or Japanese style breakfast at each hotel that we stayed in. I went for the Japanese style every time and I enjoyed them all. I liked that there were little portions of a lot of different things so that I could try a nice variety of them.

  3. noobcook

    When I went to Toyko in Feb, we were on a budget so didn’t have a chance to eat such a luxurious breakfast hehe… looking at your photos really make me so hungry for Japanese food, how I wish to go back to Tokyo soon!

  4. meg.kat.art

    beautiful photos! i’ve been craving a japanese breakfast for weeks and would love to sit down and eat a traditional morning meal like this sometime :)

  5. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    How do you manage to take such beautiful photos in a restaurant? I always find it difficult — imperfect lighting, most of the time. I remember my first encounter with Japanese breakfast — a small fish served on its own mini hibachi, along with other beautiful small foods and vegetables — nothing like the bowl of cereal I eat for breakfast at home!

  6. allenooi

    I like to have Japanese food but most of the time is during lunch or dinner. I never try Japanese breakfast before. Looks nice to me. I hope I can go Japan one day.

  7. Marc @ NoRecipes

    Looks delicious. If you enjoyed this, you should try staying at a Ryokan (japanese bed and breakfast) next time. They usually provide very elaborate multi-course breakfasts.

  8. Michael

    Great photos. Had lots of years working for a Japanese company and being put up in matchbox sized rooms which wasn’t fun but always enjoyed the food and culture. I was in Singapore last trip and had a “Japanese” breakfast in my hotel, which I blogged about http://is.gd/4ldU. Sure you can enjoy the South-East Asian take on the meal and the bad day that followed. Glad you had a great trip.

  9. Pepsi

    The photos are so beautiful! Make me feel so unsatisfied, cos I only have breads for my breakfast.

    Really need to go to Japan one day!

    Pepsi

  10. matt wright

    What a fantastic breakfast, and really great photos. It makes complete sense healthwise to have a breakfast like this. Wonderful stuff.

  11. bill

    IN 1949 I WAS IN THE MILITARY AND STATIONED IN JAPAN . THERE WAS A MEAL THAT I HAD QUIET OFTEN THAT WAS FIXED BY A JAPANESE LADY I KNEW . I HAVE TRIED TO FIND THE RECIPE BUT HAVEN’T HAD ANY LUCK. THE MAIN INGRIEDENT WAS FRIED RICE AND I BELIEVE IE HAD ONIONS, BELL PEPPERS AND I BELIEVE IT HAD A MEAT IN IT . IF SOMEOME KNOWS THIS RECIPE ,I’D SURE LIKE TO HAVE IT . IT WAS DELICIOUS. THANKS
    BILL

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