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Take the Japanese Breakfast. Add a Western Twist

Magazine article Sunset

Take the Japanese Breakfast. Add a Western Twist

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As more Japanese travel to the West, the Japanese breakfast is joining American and Continental breakfasts on menus. Here we present two ways to enjoy this cultural merger: a typical Japanese morning meal, and a Western adaptation of it. Some of the Japanese foods may seem unfamiliar, but many correspond to familiar American breakfast items. We list parallel choices: you can be traditional or innovative, Eastern or Western, as you select something from each category. Shop in an Asian market or well-stocked supermarket for the authentic ingredients, or choose readily available Western alternatives. Much of the charm of a Japanese meal is in the presentation. Serving each food in a separate container, with an eye to the overall arrangement, lends such a breakfast the quality of a still life. Rice For either cuisine, offer hot cooked short or medium-grain rice, about I cup perserving. Plain rice accompanies the Japanese breakfast. Westerners can eat it as a cereal (or use another hot or cold cereal), topped with sugar, cream, and fruit. Soup Serve any hot broth, or make one of these combinations; the miso soup is traditional. Miso soup. In a 1 - to 1 1/2-quart pan, combine 2 tablespoons light miso, 1 bag (3/4 oz.) dashi-no-moto (seasoning for soup stock), and about 3 cups water check package directions). Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Discard bag. Add 3 or 4 1 by 1 1/2- by 1 1/2-inch pieces (1 oz. each) rinsed and drained soft tofu (optional); when hot, ladle into bowls. Serves 3 or 4. Nutritional information not available. Gingered broth. In a 1- to 1 1/2-quart pan, bring to boiling 21/2 cups regular-strength beef broth and 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger. Ladle into bowls. Serves 3 or 4. Per serving: 12 cal.;O.3g protein: 0.4g fat, 1.9 g carbo; 3.1mg sodium; 0 mg sodium. Tofu Typically, tofu is served separately or in miso soup. Allow about 1 ounce see size at left) per serving. Serve cool or warm (immerse in hot water for 1 to 2 minutes, then drain). Season with soy, mirin (sweet rice wine), toasted sesame seed (optional). For the Western breakfast, offer I ounce of cheese (such as cream cheese) with smoked fish for a serving. …

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