Hungry but in a Hurry? Try These 4 Easy Japanese Breakfasts!

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  • With our busy lives, we tend to not care about having a filling breakfast anymore. There are people who skip breakfast and straight up go for brunch or lunch, especially since many restaurants do not open until before noon, thus putting their health at risk. If you grew up in an Asian household, you better not skip your breakfast as Asian mothers are always persistent when it comes to the morning meal. They say, “Eat like a king when you wake up and dine like an indigent at night,” while we do exactly the opposite. If you are in Japan, here are four satiating, easy-to-make Japanese breakfasts to try!

    1. Tamagoyaki

    Tamagoyaki is the Japanese version of scrambled eggs, but it is actually a layered omelette that is prepared by rolling up pieces of eggs together. It is very easy to make in the morning, really delicious, and gives you instant energy.

    To make it, all you need is a couple of eggs whose yolk is mixed with cut chilis and onions (if you would like). Instead of having a large tortilla or pancake-like omelette, you can cook fractions of eggs and roll them over each other. The resultant tamagoyaki should look like a soft piece of cake. You can add ingredients such as dashi (cooking stock), seaweed, and others while whisking the eggs and preparing this delicious breakfast.

    You can put tamagoyaki between slices of bread and have it like a sandwich as well. It also goes well with natto (fermented soybeans) and sticky rice.

    2. Ochazuke

    If you have salmon, just cut it and gently cook it in a pan. Take those pieces and put them on top of cooked rice, and then pour some green tea or broth from a noodle soup. Sprinkle some nori (seaweed) and cilantro or trefoil on the top. There you have your ochazuke ready!

    3. Hoto Noodle Miso Soup

    The Japanese love to have miso soup for almost every meal, including breakfast. There are many ways to make miso soup – you can add your favorite cut vegetables, noodles, or any other ingredients, but this one is definitely fulfilling.

    Started by people in Yamanashi, the hoto noodle miso soup has become a nice breakfast choice all over Japan. Usually, hoto noodles are found in hot pots (nabe) and not a lot of people can differentiate them from regular udon. Hoto noodles take less time to cook compared to that of udon and are made from plain flour.

    To make this dish, all you need is to prepare the hoto noodles separately while you cook cut vegetables and meat (preferably chicken). After that, mix everything by adding mushrooms, potato wedges, miso, and dashi, and cook the final mixture until the liquid thickens. Finally, you can do a bit of garnishing and serve it with pickles or spices.

    4. Mushi Pan

    Having bread (pan) for breakfast is nothing new in Japan as you can find many varieties of it available in convenience stores and other places. People buy curry pan, melon pan, and other bread varieties for a quick breakfast. However, if you want to prepare your food yourself, there are some choices such as the mushi pan which is easy to prepare.

    All you need to do is to thoroughly mix cake flour, baking soda, sugar, milk, and a couple of eggs. Then, put the resultant mixture in small cups and steam until they become soft and ready to be served. You can also add matcha powder to the mix and make little pancakes if you would like. You can take the mushi pan and put some whipped cream and fruit slices, too, to make it more tasty and delightful.

    What is your favorite thing to make for breakfast in the morning when you gotta rush to the office or feeling lazy? Try the aforementioned four which do not require any set of special skills and take just a few minutes to prepare if you have the ingredients ready.