Being in Japan forces you to change your habits to a certain extent in terms of food. In general, restaurants serving western food are quite expensive compared to those serving japanese food and buying foreign products can be very expensive if not impossible to find.
So the tendency would be to stop consuming your own country's food and eat japanese food. Hey, why not, you're in Japan after all !
But what about breakfast ? Are you eating the same as before or maybe have you have come to eat a Japanese style one ? Yes there is a traditional Japanese breakfast style and according to recent statistics, it seems that a great number of Japanese people alternate between western style breakfast and Japanese style one so both seems to have the same level of popularity.
Japanese breakfast generally consists in the following dishes :
- A bowl of rice : japanese people eat rice as an accompaniment to all sort of food but also on the morning.
- Grilled salted salmon : the main characteristics is that when eaten in the Japanese style, it is very salty and on the dry side. Of course, salmon is quite expensive so it goes without saying that Japanese people don't eat salmon everyday.
- A side of pickles (cucumber, radish, and/or eggplant) : they are called tsukemono in Japanese ad often accompany lots of other dishes. The most popular breakfast pickles in Japan are the green cucumber, yellow radish, and purple eggplant pickles. This dish adds a lot of color to your Japanese breakfast.
- A side of Natto, or fermented soy beans : it is well-known to be a dish disliked by foreigners but also by a surprisingly number of Japanese people.
- One sour plum : this is also a very typical Japanese food. You find it in lots of other dishes such as onigiri (rice ball). It might take sometimes to get used though because of its sourness.
- A bowl of miso soup : you may prepare the miso soup with wakame seaweed, daikon radish or tofu with green onion. Actually, there are lots of ways to prepare a miso soup because people put the ingredients they like the most in it.
- Several sheets of seasoned seaweed : called nori, this is also a kind of condiment that appear in so many dishes. for example in yakisoba or okonomiyaki.
Normally, the rice and miso soup are served in individual bowls, the salmon, pickles and sour plum on a rectangular plate, the natto in a small bowl and the seasoned seaweed on a small rectangular bowl.