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Tamago Gohan, or Tamago Kake Gohan is Japan’s popular food, it’s translated to “raw egg on rice” in English. In Japan, eating raw eggs is very common because they’re sterilized to be eaten without cooking. This culture might be very weird to people from abroad. It’s after WWII when Japanese people started eating Tamago Gohan as a nutritious and delicious food. Until then, due to the small amount of production of egg, it was difficult to get fresh eggs for common people.
Tamago Gohan can be made with just rice, egg, and soy sauce. On cooked rice, put egg and add some soy sauce on it. Although it’s very simple, it’s enough to enjoy taste of egg. As other way, some people add pickled vegetables, natto, green onions, and dried fish on rice. As a sauce, besides soy sauce, you can use olive oil or ponzu, Japanese vinegar sauce. Tamago Gohan is usually eaten at home as a simple and quick meal, however, these days as Tamago Gohan has been getting more popular, there are some “Tamago Gohan restaurants” in Japan so people enjoy a little high class Tamago Gohan that is different from one they eat at home. As some restaurants start to add cheese, avocado, and truffle on rice, western style Tamago Gohan has been getting popular. Tamago Gohan is always evolving in unique way as a soul food to Japanese people.
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