Magazine article Sunset

Japanese Breakfast with Only Modest Surprise

Magazine article Sunset

Japanese Breakfast with Only Modest Surprise

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"Ohio gozaimasu" means "good morning" in Japanese. And in Japan, with this greeting comes breakfast--always rice, usually pickles, and often fish--truly an eye-opener for most Westerners.

But in this morning meal from Japan, familiar foods get a fresh look, and the surprises are modest and few.

Consider the menu as an easy way to entertain on a spring weekend. You can have foods ready and waiting, then present them on trays, mixing Western and Eastern wares.

Hard-cooked Eggs with Black Sesame Seed

and Watercress

Hot Rice Pickled Vegetables

Miso Soup

Strawberries Kiwi Fruit

Green or Black Tea

Eggs, sometimes raw, are often served for breakfast in Japan. More acceptably, these are hard-cooked, sprinkled with black sesame seed, and presented on a healthy spray of watercress.

Hot rice is the staple--not such an exotic idea if you're used to hot cooked cereal. But instead of cream or sugar, you eat the rice with tidbits of Oriental pickled vegetables.

Nourishing hot miso soup, made from a mix, displaces fruit juice; and green or black rea displaces coffee.

A few choice strawberries and a brilliant slice or two of kiwi fruit, simply displayed on a tiny dish, carry on Oriental air.

For a Japanese look, have a separate small dish for each food; lids help keep soup warm.

You may need to shop in a Japanese market to get plain or seasoned black sesame seed (kurogoma or gomashie), instant miso soup, and pickled vegetables--choose the type cut in small pieces. …

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