Breakfast in Japan

Japanese Breakfast If you've ever visited Japan, you know that variety breakfast cereals are hard to find - everything on the shelves is either a bran or a granola. That's because cereal is not a traditional Japanese breakfast. Here...

Japanese Breakfast
Japanese Breakfast

If you've ever visited Japan, you know that variety breakfast cereals are hard to find - everything on the shelves is either a bran or a granola. That's because cereal is not a traditional Japanese breakfast. Here at Cilantro, we thought we'd change it up today and do breakfast the way the Japanese do.

Japanese cuisine is traditionally very rice-based, which is why a popular breakfast dish in Japan is rice served with a bit of cold salmon on top. This is a great meal to start your day. For the tastes of westerners, we recommend cooking the salmon to your personal taste and then serving it hot over your rice.

If you need to eat your breakfast on the go, line a small bowl or wine glass with plastic wrap, spoon in steamed rice and salmon, and twist the top of the plastic wrap closed. This creates an "onigiri", on the go food that's the Japanese equivalent of a sandwich. Onigiri typically consist of rice, some kind of filling, and sometimes an outer coating of things like seaweed or sesame. There are plenty of variations on onigiri, and it can be a fun change from your usual on the go foods. A quick Google image search for onigiri should give you plenty of ideas - and get you hungry.

Okonomiyaki
Okonomiyaki

Another popular dish from the western part of Japan is okonomiyaki, which is the Japanese version of a pancake or an omelet, depending on who you ask. We lean towards omelet, because unlike pancakes, okonomiyaki usually has cabbage as a base ingredient, and the person eating the dish chooses other savory ingredients to include. Despite being sort of a pancake-omelet hybrid, okonomiyaki is not considered a breakfast dish, but we don't see why you can't eat it that way anyway. Finding recipes is no problem, so fire up your skillet or griddle and get cooking.

What's your favorite international cuisine? Contact us and let us know.