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Japanese Breakfast

This is for my husband. I know he reads my blog now and then, and I wonder how long it will be before he sees this?


The other night, we were out for our favorite “fast” food, which is Japanese food. Not just sushi, we love miso soup. When I am sick, miso soup makes my throat feel better. I feel like I am eating good health, with all those little tofu squares and that seaweed, I feel like the miso soup will make me better. I also love salmon teriyaki, and chawan moushi, and a variety of lesser known Japanese foods.

And my husband said “isn’t miso soup what Japanese people have for breakfast?” and I didn’t know. He though miso soup and rice, so today I looked it up on Google, “Japanese breakfast”, and here is what I found:

Japanese breakfast consists of steamed rice, miso (soy bean paste) soup, and side dishes. Common side dishes are grilled fish, rolled omelet, pickles, dried seaweed, natto, salad, and more. Actually, you can make any dishes to go with rice and miso soup in Japanese breakfast. As you see in the photo, it’s an etiquette to place a bowl of rice on your left and to place a bowl of miso soup on your right side at the table.

It was on Japanese Breakfast, along with ads for Japanese condoms (they are different from others?), a sushi making robot, a Samurai hotel and recipes for steamed rice, miso soup, natto (fermented soy beans), Nori (dried seaweed), Tamagoyaki (rolled omelet), grilled fish and pickles.

It seems to me that Japanese food is going through an internationalization process – sushi used to be all about rice and fish, and main dishes were simple, often stir fried, but all in all, very healthy. Now, I am seeing sushis with fried stuff in them, mayonnaise (?????), and we were offered a green tea ice-cream for dessert . . . that just doesn’t strike me as Japanese. Is it?

But this is for my husband – in case you really read all the way down – YOU WERE RIGHT. (I am obligated by family law to say that.)

February 2, 2007 - Posted by | Cooking, Cross Cultural, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Kuwait, Marriage, Middle East, Random Musings, Relationships


  1. I’m a fan of Japanese food my self, but their breakfast is the only thing i can’t follow.

    They eat steamed fish and clams with the miso soup and steamed rice, but the morning miso soup is different totally different than the one we have in Kuwait.

    aah i can’t wait to experience a year of my life in Japan.

    I met once one of the best Japanese cook in CA and guess what he eats? morning, lunch and for dinner… Hamburger šŸ™‚

    Comment by Judy Abbott | February 2, 2007 | Reply

  2. Judy – No kidding!!???? He ate HAMBURGER???? (Speechless with utter horror. . . .)

    You’re going to spend a year in Japan . . . oh, I hope you love it.

    To me, the steamed fish and clams sound wonderful. But best of all, I love chawan mouchi, which can be hot or cold, and has a texture kind of like flan.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 2, 2007 | Reply

  3. i never got that about the japanese.

    my room mate while i was working in hong kong would actually get up at 4 in the morning to make himself breakfast, rice, soup, fish,… the works!

    i, of course, carried on snoring for another couple of hours šŸ˜›

    i do love cold pizza for breakfast tho šŸ˜›

    Comment by skunk | February 2, 2007 | Reply

  4. Soup for breakfast, I just don’t know.

    I have had Jell-O for breakfast though.

    Comment by thecollegekid | February 3, 2007 | Reply

  5. Skunk – 4 in the morning – can’t he just microwave something????

    Kid – Jello for breakfast?? I don’t think you link is quite working.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 3, 2007 | Reply

  6. Thanks. Let me try again.

    Jell-O for breakfast,

    Comment by thecollegekid | February 4, 2007 | Reply

  7. Rice and soup for breakfast? No coffee? Interesting. I get the sense that the Japanese focus a lot on stress-free food.

    I think also that if we were raised eating that stuff instead of cereal and eggs for breakfast we would probably crave it for breakfast as well. But the fish part…I dont get it.

    Comment by 1001 Nights | February 5, 2007 | Reply

  8. 1001 – Hiya! On my trip, I couldn’t resist pickled herring for breakfast, part of my Swedish heritage, I guess. I hid it from the others, so I wouldn’t gross them out. It must be what you grow up with. . .but I also like hummus and haloumi for breakfast šŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 11, 2007 | Reply

  9. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy in my tyummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmuty

    Comment by johnathan breewer | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  10. I love green tea ice cream… in Japan you can buy green tea ice cream popsicles from vending machines šŸ˜€

    Comment by Ansam | November 14, 2008 | Reply

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