Most of us enjoy our eggs cooked, whether it’s scrambled eggs or sunny side up. But Japanese, just as unique as their country is, often eat raw eggs for their breakfast. Typically, they eat raw eggs with rice and add some soy sauce to enhance the taste.
Is it healthy? Yes and no. Naturally, eggs may get infection of salmonella which causes food poisoning. The symptoms of the food poisoning by salmonella are abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. While salmonella can be killed by enough heating, Japanese choose to eat it raw because raw dishes are their favourites.
However, Japanese eggs are all washed and pasteurised. They have strict hygiene control there. Apparently, Japan is the only country where we can eat store-bought eggs in undercooked or even raw statement. With strong culture of eating raw food in Japan, people put more attention on the conservation of raw food. Japanese simply buy fresh eggs with clear “best before” date to protect them from having expired eggs. This is why food poisoning because of eating raw eggs rarely occurs.
Fresh and clean eggs is not the only reason Japanese keep eating it for breakfast. The special dish, called “Tamago Kake Gohan”, is basically a raw egg served on hot steamed rice. Japanese rice itself made the dish more delicious, even though it’s very simple to make.
Japanese rice is starchier than any type of rice that tends to be dry. Hot Japanese rice is little bit sticky and taste with a hint of sweetness.
Apart from the egg and rice, the Japanese breakfast meal also include soy sauce to taste. There are variety of soy sauces in Japan, but most popular is a brand named Kikkoman. A little sweetness from soy sauce is perfect combination to egg and rice.
After knowing this signature breakfast food of Japanese people, you might be curious to try it. Hence, it’s easy to make, undeniably delicious, and nutritious at the same time.
If you’re not in Japan, you might be hesitant to make “Tamago Kake Gohan” by yourself because you’re not sure about the fresh eggs. Another option is to go try this dish in the Japanese restaurants near you.