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Monday, 11 October 2010



Ooh, that does bring back memories, although I never had it with natto on it. I agree, the rice has to be piping hot!!!I'll have to remember to eat it that way when I get some fresh eggs from my friends chickens!!!


5:30? OMG, so early. But this explains why you can accomplish so much on your trips! The rice dish looks yummy, and you know how I feel about rice. Heh.
I've only visited Japan once, when I was really young. And I remember for breakfast, they were preparing this dish and they were going to put a raw egg in, but my mom freaked out and told them not to. I wonder if it was to make this dish.


Nice trip down memory lane. My mom used to pack my dad's lunch. The rice would go into a thermos and she would crack a raw egg on top of the rice before closing the top.

I've never had natto, but raw egg mixed with piping hot rice sounds yummy and comforting. Can you buy natto in a very small quantity at the local markets? That way, I won't feel like I wasted too much if I decide that I don't like natto.


Awesome post Kirk! Eggs Rocky Balboa style, haha.. ;) My first experience with natto and raw egg tamago kake gohan was in Los Angeles actually. At the time my sister was dating a guy from Tokyo (it's so true about most Osaka people tending to hate natto). Anyway I think Fukagawa is closed on Sundays. At least they were the couple times I visited this complex on the weekend. Super cool that they're open for breakfast. I always wished for that here in SD but I doubt we have enough people interested to sustain.
BTW have you had the soba here? I've been in a huge soba craving this past month and wouldn't mind a special trip up if the buckwheat noodles and dipping tsuyu were made scratch. Cheers


what a wonderful and healthy looking breakfast. Matthew and I eat natto for dinner but never for breakfast. ought to try it sometime =) thanks for writing such a sweet, memory laden post.


Hi Arlene - I'm sure the natto was a fukushima thing...... man, fresh eggs.... that's what my grandparent's had!

LOL Kirbie - If you thought the rice looks good.... then it must be! ;o)

Hi Sandy - You should check out Nijiya or Mitsuwa. Natto is packed in smaller single serve containers..... some of them like little cups. Prices are usually under $2, so it wouldn't hurt to try.

Hi Dennis - I always crack up....folks from Osaka love Horse Sashimi or even Sasami... but no raw egg???? It's all perspective. And yes, Fukagawa is closed on Sundays..... which is why I left early on Saturday. Nothing fancy, but it was a meal with great memories.

Hi Lynnea - Hot rice + natto = a good meal! ;o)


I love that center, although I usually end up at Spoon House across the street. It's sorta on the way home for me. I'll try Fukagawa out.


you are brave to eat raw egg, I can't even do it in Japan.


The nostalgia of a simple breakfast. I miss my gramps.
As a matter of fact I had a burger with a sunny side up egg with beer braised onions over the weekend :-)

Jeff C

Kirk, love the post. It had a lot of Ohana feeling to it. I don't know the Japanese word for this, maybe you could tell it to us. I felt it was even a bit of Proust and his madelienes.
The mrs and i had gone to Aioi, the hotel served a breakfast buffet with an ocean grotto view. The breakfast was great and I even did the egg thing. The natto was not so great.


Hi CP - Man ,spoon house is pretty busy.... there seemed to be folks waiting everytime I passed by.

Hi Kat -It was easy for me because tamago-meshi was something I grew up eating. The rice could have been hotter though.

Hi Billy - Sounds like a wonderful burger.

Hi Jeffrey - I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Natto (like Chou Dofu I guess) is a acquired taste.... that's why I'm suprised that the Missus enjoys it so much.


Oh hey, you were in my neck of the woods!

Hrm...not sure about the natto part but everything else looked good!


Well Kirk, that sent me back a few decades. Raw egg with soy over hot rice, I remember my Mom fixing it for me as a child, no spring onions, no natto (not available in small mining town smack dab in the middle of Nowhere, Arizona). I think I stopped eating it when I was in second or third grade when all the children were asked what they had for breakfast and I piped up with "raw egg and rice" and all the kids went EWWWWWWW! I wanted to be like all the other kids so I stopped eating raw eggs and rice, and switched over to the traditional Mexican breakfast of beans, red or green chili, fried potatoes, and tortillas. Unfortunately I learned at school that the traditional Mexican breakfast was way to "ghetto" so I only admitted to eating cold cereal, which is something I never ate as a child.


I STILL can't bring myself to eat natto. It's the slime part that gets me. Can't get past the slime :) Do you think it's an acquired taste? Like you had to have grown up eating it to enjoy it?

Wonderful post - love the raw egg part!


Hi Rosa - You know....natto isn't that bad.

Hi AZ - Just think, if you were in Japan and told the kids there you eat beans and tortillas for breakfast you might have gotten the same reaction! ;o)

Hi Faye - Natto really doesn't taste too bad; it may be that you'd have to raised on the stuff to truly appreciate it, but the Missus who hadn't had natto until she met me loves it. You should give it a shot..... just close your eye! ;o)


Wow. Kirk, thanks for the post. nothing like remembering food from childhood and being able to eat it and relive the memories of growing up. I've been to that Marukai market but never been to Fukugawa. Next time, will try the natto, never had it.


Hi Didi - You've never had natto??? I think you need to try it out soon. ;o)


i tried natto in korea for the first time this summer and it wasn't that bad at all...but it's nothing something i would want for breakfast lol.

that's a beautiful story about your grandparents def. reminds me of my own grandmother and the meals she would cook for me when i was a kid...

to the power of food!


Hey Sawyer - Yes, to the power of food times two!


mmmm that sounds very worth getting up at 5:30 for! I must find a place up north that serves this kind of hearty breakfast fare... I love the trip down memory lane and reading about breakfast with your grandparents too, those stories are priceless.

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