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A Look at Traditional Japanese Breakfast Foods

In the United States, many people enjoy a bagel or bowl of cereal to start their day. However, a customary breakfast in Japan is quite different. Keep reading to learn about traditional breakfast foods that would be served in a Japanese restaurant or home.


Steamed rice, or gohan, is an essential when it comes to Japanese dining. White or brown rice can be used, and this carbohydrate component of the meal serves as a wonderful complement to the protein that is often included.

Fermented Soybeans

Natto, which is made from fermented soybeans, is a staple for many households in Japan but is a unique dish to most foreigners. Natto has a sticky, slimy texture that you won’t find in many other foods, and some people dislike its smell or taste. This fermented soybean dish is commonly served with a traditional Japanese breakfast and seasoned with dried seaweed, soy sauce, spicy mustard, dried fish shavings, or green onion. You can find packaged natto in the refrigerated section of many Asian and international markets.

Miso Soup

Miso, which is made from fermented soybeans, is the essential component of miso soup, a traditional Japanese breakfast dish. Typically, miso soup is made using miso paste and fish flake ( dashi) broth. In a bowl of miso soup, you may also find seaweed, green onions, tofu, mushrooms, or clams. It’s common for miso soup to be made from scratch using dashi and miso paste, but instant miso soup is also available.


Commonly broiled, grilled, or pan-fried, salmon and mackerel are common components of traditional Japanese breakfasts.

Pickled Vegetables

Pickled vegetables, or tsukemono, are Japanese staples that are commonly served with rice dishes. Pickled vegetables come in a huge variety of options, such as umeboshi, which is pickled plum, and takuan, which is pickled daikon radish.

If you’re looking for Japanese dining in San Jose, then come and visit House of Genji. To make a reservation with our Japanese steakhouse, please call (408) 453-8120.


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