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What We Eat for Japanese Breakfast

July 22, 2016

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Heya!

It’s time we share probably our favourite food ever. BREAKFAST. But not any breakfast. Cereal is boring. Yoghurt and Muesli is boring. Toast? Pfft. Eggs and Bacon? More like Dregs and…Caking? Yeah! Good one, Simon!

My point is: Japanese breakfast is where it’s at. I never thought I’d get into it. In the many years we lived in Korea, our taste for breakfast never adapted, and our craving for western breakfast foods persisted, but once we started eating Salmon and Rice with side dishes for breakfast, all rules have changed. All lives have changed. THE UNIVERSE HAS CHANGED.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for us. We spend more time preparing that meal than any other meal. Our day doesn’t start, no matter how much of a rush we’re in, until we have Japanese breakfast. It’s our time to sit together, to talk about our dreams from the night before, plans for the day ahead. We often watch something funny on TV or YouTube as well to get the day started with some laughs. Breakfast not something we absentmindedly hoover while running around the house trying to get ready for the day. It’s important to us, both as a meal and a ritual. It’s a way for us to connect and start our day.

Also, yes, I know that we’re changing it up a bit. This video isn’t about what the perfect Japanese breakfast is like. We can’t even make the side dishes yet! Though, we have started making the cucumbers on our own, but still need to perfect the flavouring. We have taken lots of elements of Japanese breakfast, though, and have added some more that might not typically be a part of it. But the base concept is the same: rice, salmon, and veggies. So delicious. So clean. So good for you. It’s hard to not love this.

So that’s it for our video. WE LOVE JAPANESE BREAKFAST SO MUCH. This might not be our prettiest video ever, but it’s a topic we’re really passionate about. Let us know what breakfast is like where you’re from. Have you had Japanese breakfast? Are you a fan of it or not? Let us know!

Otherwise, we’ve got a few extra scenes if you feel like watching a little more..like Spudgy pretending to be Martina. GOOD TRY SPUDGY BUT WE ARE ONTO YOUR ANTICS

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  1. I know this is a fairly older video but I have been looking for the tofu dressing you used but when I ask shops, no one knows what I’m talking about! Haha! I also remember watching a different video where you were looking at sauce bottles and they had pictures of tofu as you were deciding which one was better; I can’t find that video for the life of me! Any who, please help! :)

    Thank you!

    1 year ago
  2. Ahhh I came here looking for your recipe of the omelette. Can you do a Martina’s midnight (morning?) munchies on it? And how is the side dishes coming? Did you perfect the cucumbers? (Actually I understand if you keep that recipe secret!)

    1 year ago
  3. So, I’m going through and catching up on your videos (hectic year, so I haven’t watched a lot since February). What I eat depends on when I wake up, but I always actually eat more than just a slice of toast. I have a banana in the morning, no matter what I eat. Sometimes I have cereal (not often), sometimes I have some sort of noodles, but most of the time I make eggs.

    My most common breakfasts are an egg-soy sausage bagel, breakfast burrito/tortilla with the same stuff inside, or I like eating an egg with sausage or ham over rice. That’s my favorite. I like the rice with an over easy egg. I also add hot sauce to all of the above, which is probably something not a lot of people would do or like, getting bombarded with spicy first thing in the morning.

    Of course, there’s the needed coffee! I also sometimes eat natural (unsweetened) applesauce in addition to the banana and whatever else I have.

    3 years ago
  4. I do the bad habit of skipping breakfast that many of my fellow Americans are guilty of also. Growing up and especially when my sister and my boyfriends, Chris and Joe (only BFS we invited to breakfast and later each of us married these respective bfs), my parents would make pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, wheat toast and coffee, tea, sometimes orange juice. So I of course ate toast and coffee while my now hubby, Joe, ate everything, lol.

    3 years ago
  5. This isn’t a negative comment, just an observation, but you’ve taken the makings of a Japanese breakfast and Korea-fied them. That’s interesting.

    I usually have a protein shake for breakfast, but on weekends I cook. I like minced pork, onion and eggplant in a sweet miso sauce over rice. It’s good topped with onsen tamago, or avocado, or both.

    3 years ago
  6. Most of the time I barely am coherent enough to make coffee when I wake up, much less THAT amazingness. o.o

    3 years ago
  7. Thank you for the tip on umeboshi. I chopped one up and stirred it into my rice and it was delicious.

    I started to buy things like umeboshi because of the manga Fruits Basket. Kyo saw the umeboshi on Tohru’s back and she saw the one on his. Sigh. I loved that series. Momiji was my favorite Sohma. Simon and Martina did you read Fruits Basket? The manga was so much better than the anime.

    Now I have to get the first nine volumes back from my niece. Must binge read.

    3 years ago
  8. Hi, I am from Czechia (wow, the official name of my land is shortened at last!)
    and I come from a border mountain village, where there is an unique local old habit of eating a special hearty soup for breakfast – maybe Simon could relate to it, because in Poland there is similar habit somewhere, only the soup is more light, made from milk and not thickened.

    We make a soup from a bread startener (a rye yeast). You take one quarter of fluid active rye yeast, and simply mix and boil it for a minute with 3 quarters of water, a pinch of cumin and a bigger pinch of salt. You can add dry and soaked mushrooms, potatoes and anything a poor mountain village could have, but my best breakfast is only the basic soup in a bowl with a big slice of hand pieced brown bread and a little bit of cream (or full fat milk and a bit of butter). It is very healthy, very hearthy, but in a weird way not heavy. And the best way how to cure a hangover (the B vitamine!) This was the soup my granny was used to eat every day, and I make it sometimes at weekends still.

    3 years ago
  9. I’m not Dominican, but their MANGU is the Da’ Bomb! I could eat this for breakfast everyday!

    3 years ago
  10. Hello Simon and Martina! You should pour water into the tray under the grid to prevent a smell and smoke when you grill a fish.

    3 years ago
  11. Breakfast to me would be half-boiled eggs (still wet and runny) with drops of soy sauce and grounded white pepper. We usually dip toasts into the eggs and just eat it like that. Soft-boiled eggs may sound disgusting but actually it’s rly nice with toast. In my country, there isn’t a specific food which symbolizes breakfast since people also eat rice and noodles and porridge for breakfast like lunch and dinner.

    3 years ago
  12. I was raised with the Hispanic culture and my typical breakfast is rice, beans, fried potatoes, eggs, meat, and a tortilla. On special occasions my family has pancakes.

    3 years ago
  13. I love cottage cheese and sunflower seeds. So simple, it also doubles as a salad dressing when theres no trust worthy ranch!

    3 years ago
  14. When I’m traveling I really miss western breakfasts, but I do like to try local breakfasts as well. When I’m staying at a place that offers western and local breakfasts, then that’s a win-win situation for me.

    3 years ago
  15. Fun video! I never ate extravagant breakfasts like that when I lived there! I didn’t put in the time! ha! I still ate cereal and fruit. And my kids at the middle school I taught at were the same. I’d be all excited like, “What did YOU have for breakfast this morning???” And they’d respond with a totally unenthusiastic tone, “Bread.” haha!

    I have a suggestion! One of the things I missed most after I left Japan were the convenience stores! The quality (and deliciousness) of food you can get at 7 Eleven, Lawson’s, etc. was always amazing to me. All the different onigiri types, the salads, the sushi rolls, udon, somen… Amazing food 24/7! I loved being able to pick up a good quality rice ball with salmon at midnight if I wanted a snack, as opposed to Taco Bell or McDonalds here in the U.S., where those places are basically your only options that time of the night. While convenience store food in Japan may not be the HEALTHIEST, it’s definitely a better option than some 50 sent tacos or day old greasy hamburgers. I miss that so much. Also cheap and delicious umeshu. Have you bought plum wine in a carton from a convenience store yet?? Or tried any of the yummy, seasonal Chu-Hi flavors? *drools*

    3 years ago
    • Also! I lived in Korea too, and the convenience store game in Korea is nothing like Japan. I feel like there is a huge difference. No contest!

      3 years ago
  16. What’s the recipe for the cucumbers?!I can find plenty of recipes on google, but i have no idea if they are the right one for what you are eating (as i’ve never had it, and never been to japan). Please :-)

    3 years ago
  17. Im from Norway, here we do bread with a lot of different toppings or stuff like oatmeal and granola. For a more fancypancy version we do a “buffet” including scramles eggs, bacon, smoked salmon, and sometimes herring mixed in sourcream and mayonnaise with onions. Some even take a spoon pure fish oil(Tran) with their breakfast as a supplement.

    I were in Tokyo a few weeks back, but didnt get to try a real japanese breakfast (bad tourists?). Anyway, while there, i see that you two are in a park in Oslo, ten minutes from my apartment!! so sad i couldnt say hi! Really love your channel and blog, keep it up! :D

    3 years ago
  18. I’m Canadian, but I don’t really have a standard “Canadian breakfast”.

    Instead, I’m going to talk about Hong Kong breakfast because I was raised on that, and my mom knows it’s part of my childhood and I’d totally eat it everyday if I could. So what I would eat is macaroni and ham soup. Yes, I know some would go “daFUCK?”, but don’t knock it till you try it. It’s macaroni in a chicken (or tomato) like broth and some ham in it to give it some salt. Sometimes, you’ll get a nice fried/sunny side up egg and it goes really well with the macaroni. You can choose what kind of meat to have with it such as chicken or beef, but I really like ham. To drink, I have iced lemon tea. It’s a weird thing to have at breakfast, but it’s always gone well with my meal.

    3 years ago
  19. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I totally wish I had your little fish grill. My usual breakfast is either fried egg on toast or I’ll cook up some instant rice noodles (gluten free!) and mix in some kimchi and a mostly cooked egg (I like to leave the yolk runny and mix it in the broth). For a major breakfast for birthdays and holidays we’ll do the usual stuff of pancakes with scrambled eggs, toast, and bacon. I have to ask though, if you guys figure out a good solid recipe for those cucumber things, will you do a Martina’s cooking episode for them? I totally want to try them out!

    3 years ago
  20. This breakfast looks glorious and I want to eat it so much

    3 years ago
  21. I live in Washington State, USA. I’m single, so I can eat whatever I want for breakfast without considering others’ preferences. I usually just eat leftovers for breakfast. This morning, it was the last few bites of a cheesy chili mac casserole, a peach, Brazilian lemonade, some brown rice and pinto beans prepared in the Mexican way. Like frijoles de la olla, but I don’t have an olla. I cooked them in my rice cooker (it has a slow cooker setting). For a luxurious breakfast I might have pancakes or fried potatoes (aka home fries) with stuff mixed in. Like, beans, peppers, onions, tofu, etc. I like to eat my pancakes with peanut butter and real maple syrup (not “pancake syrup”). Does anybody else do this?

    3 years ago
  22. Hello Simon and Martina! It makes me so excited that you’ve moved to Japan. I used to live in Japan and I miss it so much so your videos bring me so much joy. My mom grew up in Japan and one of her favorite thing to eat for breakfast was natto. Natto is fermented soybeans and it’s eaten with mustard and white rice. I think it’s vile but my mother loves it. You guys should make a video of you guys trying it!

    3 years ago
    • We tried it once. It was so bad! Maybe we just didn’t have a good version of it, but, whoa, the one we had was painful…

      3 years ago
  23. As a Canadian I usually eat a slice of toast with jam, or Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast. My luxury home made breakfast would be pancakes, eggs, toast and pea meal bacon – but I honestly love going to Cora’s and getting one of their delicious breakfasts / brunches.

    I have been lucky enough to eat Japanese breakfast at a Japanese diner chain in Tokyo, and I totally agree that it is delicious and satisfying. My favourite of the side dishes is the seaweed and soy bean.

    3 years ago
  24. Arabic Coffee (not very dark, boiled for 15min, then teaspoon of crushed cardamom) and dates or chocolate bar.

    3 years ago
  25. I live in Japan, and have an onigiri (rice ball) and a green tea everyday. When I lived in Australia, I would have would be vegemite on toast and coffee. Your breakfast looks like amazing tho!

    3 years ago
  26. It’s really funny how good japanese breakfast is! I once gave it to my son as a “punishment” (leftover salmon, leftover rice with veg with a side of miso soup) but it’s become one of his favourites. He didn’t really believe me about the fish until seeing this video though, LOL! Our standard breakfast is fried eggs, bacon, rye toast, fresh fruit and juice/tea/coffee. We do have only toast/cereal every second day though. My favourite decadent breakfast is thin pancakes with a little flax meal, smothered with blackberry cream cheese, with blackberries and kiwi (or strawberries) on top with lime syrup (made with limes, yogurt and honey) and whipped cream but now that I think of it, french toast underneath might be just as good.

    Thanks for taking the time to make this, I could see why you might be drooling, ready to go ;) Your breakfast looked awesome.

    3 years ago
  27. Guys, you are totally missing natto – a fundamental, albeit pungent, part of Japanese breakfast.

    3 years ago
  28. I’m from England and my normal breakfast is the usual: cereals, muesli and granola. Our luxury breakfast is called a full English breakfast and I’m not sure if countries outside of Britain have this. It’s usually made up of bacon, sausages, baked beans, fried eggs, toast (or fried bread), black pudding (which is a blend of pork fat, pork blood and oatmeal)and hash browns. Also, I loved the video, like always.

    3 years ago
  29. I loved seeing this! Recently I’ve been trying to introduce more side dishes to my life. Seeing how varied your meals are has really inspired me to keep trying to keep varied.

    At the moment I’m living in Ukraine – my typical breakfast is coffee, haha. But occasionally I also get pastries, sliced fruit (banana, apricot, grapes) or some small roasted potatoes. A luxury breakfast would probably be a small starter of fruit followed by some sliced salami, cheese, and potatoes :)

    3 years ago
  30. Canadian here ^_^. Weekday (office) breakfast is usually greek yogurt with some granola and fruit mixed in, coffee and a banana. I defiantely put more effort into my weekend breakfasts. I love slicing an avocado and cracking an egg in the center, then baking it in the oven till the white is set and yolk is runny. I’ll usually make some fresh salsa (roma tomato, green onion, and Epicure salsa seasoning (no sodium, and SO good) to go on top, and some whole wheat toast to dip. Smoked salmon too, if I’m fancy (and have it in the fridge), and queijo fresco (its a Portuguese cheese, and delicious with the salsa). All the food groups, minimal seasonings, and damn tasty!

    3 years ago
  31. I think this is a great way to start the day, it makes you feel at peace before starting the day. Sometimes I light a candle for maximum coziness :)) I definitely want to try to make a similar breakfast to yours!

    3 years ago
  32. I’m in Canada and for breakfast, I eat a big bowl of seasonal fruits with soaked chia seeds, sometimes aloe vera cubes. I just find it easy to digest for my body. Perhaps a brunch at the restaurant would be a luxury?

    3 years ago
  33. It looks so good!

    3 years ago
  34. Can you use those special square pans, that you used to make the rolled omelette, with an electric stove?

    3 years ago
  35. Crispy skin salmon, I’d have that every meal of every day. When people throw the skin away, makes me sad

    3 years ago
  36. Maybe “Martina’s Morning Cooking” in the future so we can try it too?

    3 years ago
  37. What an absolutely enviable breakfast! When I live close to Japantown in San Jose, California, I used to stop at the little grocery store & pick up both breakfast + lunch bentos on the way to work: super healthy, yummy & affordable! I miss that :(. Your video brought back some very fond food memories, thank you guise! A luxury breakfast on my own now on my weekdays off is fried tempura cod with steamed rice & a bowl of miso soup (homemade dashi broth with tofu, wakame seaweed & green onions) plus a big pot of green tea while I watch Japanology Plus or whatever’s on NHK (lucky to have it!). Unfortunately, I usually skip breakfast (not by choice) & a weekend meal with the hubby is typically eggs & bacon or French toast. It’s a comfort thing, but I’d def rather have the Japanese breakfast ^_~.

    3 years ago