Hi. My name is YokoNaruka. I am a Japanese living in Japan.
Did you know that Japanese people eat raw eggs over rice? There are several reasons and cultural factors involved behind the general acceptance of eating raw eggs over rice in Japan.
Food safety standards
Japan is one of the countries with the highest food hygiene standards, and raw eggs are handled properly to reduce the risk of infectious diseases. Strict hygiene standards are followed in the production, processing, and distribution of hen eggs to ensure the safety of raw eggs. As a result, it is widely believed that it is safe to eat raw eggs.
Access to fresh eggs
Fresh, high-quality eggs are widely available in Japan. Fresh eggs can be eaten raw and enjoyed for their flavor and nutritional value.
Flavor and Nutrition
Raw eggs are rich in vitamins and protein and can be consumed raw to enjoy their nutritional value without sacrificing any of their nutritional value. The flavor and creamy texture of eggs are well suited to the Japanese eating culture.
I just had this for lunch! It was delicious!
Tamagokake Gohan (rice over raw egg) is a simple yet delicious traditional Japanese dish that can be prepared in as little as 30 seconds, making it a perfect breakfast dish. The dish is made by pouring or mixing beaten eggs over rice, often flavored with soy sauce or dashi (soup stock). The following provides a basic description of tamago kakegohan:
Rice: White rice is used. Fresh rice or freshly cooked rice is best.
Eggs: beaten eggs are used.
Soy sauce: Japanese soy sauce is commonly used, but other soy sauces can be substituted.
Dashi: Dashi broth can be made from kombu (kelp) or dried bonito flakes, but commercial dashi stock is also commonly used (although it is delicious without it).
Place rice in a bowl.
Prepare the beaten egg and pour it over the rice. Usually, one egg is used for each cup of rice (you can also melt the egg on top of the rice, if it spills over). If it spills, do so at your own risk :-).
After pouring the egg over the rice, mix the rice and egg well. Soy sauce or dashi may be added here. Soy sauce is used as a seasoning and dashi is used for flavor.
If desired, finely chopped green onions, seaweed, sesame seeds, or other ingredients can be added as toppings.
You can also add other ingredients to your rice to create your own variation. For example, you can add grilled egg rolls, shredded nori (seaweed), salmon flakes, grilled fish fillets, or pickled vegetables.
In addition, egg rice is commonly enjoyed for breakfast or as a light meal, but is also frequently eaten as part of a meal.
Tamago Kake Gohan is a familiar Japanese home-style dish, a simple yet tasty dish that can be enjoyed in many ways. You can add your favorite ingredients and seasonings to find your own personal taste.