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Oct 2, 2001 03:56 PM

Japanese Breakfast

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Where can I get a traditional Japanese Breakfast?

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  1. Hmmm. Good question. I think the place to start is the Kitano Hotel, that houses the restaurant Nadaman Hakubai. Be sure to let us know if you find a source. Cheers.

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    1. re: Eric Eto

      What's in a traditional japanese breakfast? The more details the better!

      1. re: Seth Zurer

        Here's a link from the Boston board about the same topic with a link that describes the typical japanese breakfast.


        1. re: Seth Zurer

          What's in a typical Japanese breakfast? To go by what was served to me by two women walking on their knees in a ryokan (Japanese-style hotel)in Kyoto, the answer is:

          loose scrambled eggs to be eaten with a cocaine spoon.

          I am not unaware of the possibility that this was some sort of joke, or perhaps a bizarre idea of what gaijin (foreigners) eat. Still, in every other respect, including the bathroom, the place was uncompromisingly Japanese.

          In any case, the women seemed quite merry, and laughed sympathetically -- or so I thought -- at my clumsy efforts to scoop up the oleaginous material with that pathetic utensil. They also kept themselves busy by pouring tea, rolling up my tatami and sprucing up my room, all on their knees. They finally backed out, bowing so deeply their foreheads touched the floor.

          It was an interesting experience, and I'm glad I did it -- once.

          1. re: Seth Zurer

            it's actually my favorite breakfast. And yes, they have it at the Kitano and at Menchako tei (55th street). The best I've found is in San Francisco.

            It's a beautiful piece of fish, usually kingfish or salmon, a little overcooked, a little salty. A tiny bit of scrambled eggs. Miso soup. Seaweed in a little packet, which you break into bits over the eggs or soup. A bowl of rice. All beautifully presented.

            If you travel a lot, as I do, it's a great treat. Too salty, but you can just drink a lot of herbal tea!

            And almost fat free. You'll be juiced all day.

            1. re: Seth Zurer

              Japanese breakfast:

              Gohan: rice (of course)

              Misoshiru: clear miso soup (often with tofu chunks)

              Tamagoyaki: Japanese omelette (runny rolled omelette sometimes with fish stock)

              Tsukemono: various pickles such as radish or eggplant.

              Natto: fermented soy beans (a stinky, sticky, runny matter)

              Aji no hiraki: a semi-dried small fish (such as sardine or spanish mackerel) roasted until just before burning.

          2. I've heard that the Menchanko-tei on W. 55th has a very good one, but check first, as my information is several years old.

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            1. re: Cloudy

              I also have a recollection that Menchanko-Tei serves breakfast (I think I remembered seeing it on the menu last month), but I wasn't sure enough to post. There's another branch on 45th between 3rd and Lex, but only one branch may serve breakfast.