Topic: What foods do the Japanese eat?
April 24, 2019 / By Alberta Question:
Let's say in a given day, what would they have for breakfast, lunch and dinner? And any snacks or drinks :)
Trevelyan | 7 days ago
As you can see below, each meal vegetables, meat (during lunch) or seafood (often during dinner and breakfast), egg, milk. It is a well balance and healthy diet.
A traditional Japanese diet are as fellow
A traditional Japanese breakfast consists of steamed rice, miso soup, and various side dishes such as tsukemono pickles, steam vegetables, tamagoyaki and natto. Main dishes are broiled/grilled fish, sometime it will replace by omelets or other western dishes.
Popular Japanese lunch dishes are rice bowls and various noodles. For example, beef bowls, soba noodles, ramen noodles, and udon noodles are popular.
Most student, even workers bring bento (lunch boxes) to school or work. During lunch time, student will compare to see who got the best bento. Homemade bento is a way to show how much they care about the person they made for.
In high school, its almost a competition almond girls to see who can made the best one, they will also made a extra one for their "love one"
But no matter what, bento will always include starch, meat, veg, juice/milk. Most school don't have soda machine, pop are pretty much off limit.
For working adult, they will ether bring bento (some might purchase from the store), or go out for lunch, most of the time are Donburi (rice bowl), Ramen, or lunch set.
Dinner is the main meal in a day. The basic consists of steamed rice, soup, and various side dishes such as vegetable, tamago. Main dishes are not limit to Japanese but it could be from Italian, Chinese, French and American.
There is no such thing as dessert in Japan, Japanese eat "sweet" as snack through out the day, item such as cakes, ice cream, crapes, rice craker.
The main okazu is usually protein based - a grilled fish, or some sort of meat dish. The secondary okazu can be a vegetable dish, or more protein such as a bean dish. Everything is served in its own container usually. The secondary okazu in particular are often served family style, from which each diner takes his or her portion. The usual way to eat a Japanese meal is to take the rice bowl in your hand, then take a little of this and that from the various okazu. Occasionally, you set down the rice bowl, take the bowl of soup, and take a sip and eat some of the things in it.
natto (fermented soybean)
tamagoyaki (rolled omelet)
Don-buris: This is pretty much anything over rice. You get a decent sized bowl of rice topped with some form of protein.
Oyako-don: Chicken & egg
or ANY bento
japanese curry and rice
rice and fish
Well, every family is different. My family in Japan has rice at each meal and a lot of different dishes. It's so troublesome to make! Also green tea because partly they grow the stuff.
Snacks: more green tea, rice crackers, fruit, or jelly. Lol, I remember the snacks well!