What is Tamago Kake Gohan ? | Commentary by Japanese webmaster | Common in Japan #42

What is ‘TKG’ ??

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I wrote this article to clear your question about ‘Tamago Kake Gohan’ , as popular Japanese cuisine.

I would like to explain about the topic with mainly two parts.

  • Basic knowledge of Tamago Kake Gohan in Japan
  • Deep Diving with answering questions
    • History
    • Safeness
    • Special products
    • Arrangements, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about Tamago Kake Gohan in Japan.

And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

I hope you will have proper information about Tamago Kake Gohan in Japan, after reading this page.

What is ‘Tamago Kake Gohan’ ?

‘Tamago Kake Gohan’ is a traditional food in Japan.

‘Tamago’ means egg and ‘Gohan’ does rice. ‘Kake’ is ‘on’. So it means ‘egg on the rice’. There’s famous abbreviation, ‘TKG’. Japanese call ‘Tamago Kake Gohan’ as ‘TKG’ affectionately.

As the process of cooking is very simple, it’s very popular in Japan.

What is Tamago Kake Gohan
  • Traditional cuisine in Japan
  • In short, people call ‘TKG’
  • Ingredients
    • Raw or soft boiled egg
    • White rice
    • Soy sauce
  • Mixed up above ingredients, that’s all

Deep Diving into Tamago Kake Gohan in Japan

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It is said that Mr. Ginko Kishida was the first person in Japan, who ate ‘Tamaso Kake Gohan’ in 1872.

Japanese started to eat egg from 16th century, after having communication with European countries. In 1950’s, as the price of eggs was down and sanitation was improved, ‘Tamago Kake Gohan’ was getting very popular in Japan.

  • Japanese started to eat egg in 16th century
  • In 1872, Mr. Ginko Ishida ate Tamago Kake Gohan
  • Getting popular in 20th century
    • Price of egg dropped
    • Strict control of hygiene

Reference : Yodoran webpage

Yes, Raw egg is safe, unless something very unusual happens.

Japanese government office, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) strictly guide hygiene management to the farmers.

As a results, Salmonella contamination is controlled in very low level by Japanese egg farmings. And we can eat raw egg safely in Japan.

Sauce : MAFF webpage

There are many of products exclusive use for Tamago Kake Gohan, in Japanese market.

  • Soy Sauce
  • Egg
  • Rice Bowl
  • Tool to beat an egg, etc

The top quality Tamago Kake Gohan will be available, with these items.

Quotation Sauce:Rakuten webpage

Author’s research

Basically, Japanese eat Tamago Kake Gohan at home. And it’s very difficult to find Tamago Kake Gohan in menu of the restaurant.

In case the meal is provided with buffet style, we will have a chance to eat Tamago Kake Gohan. For example, in breakfast in Japanese hotels, raw egg or soft bolied egg are available in most of cases.

Author’s research

Yes, there are many of arrangements for Tamago Kake Gohan. With adding some more ingredients, we can enjoy Tamago Kake Gohan more.

Popular Toppings for Tamago Kake Gohan

  • Seaweed
  • Dried Bonito
  • Sesame oil
  • Natto
  • Green onion
  • Whitebait, etc

Reference : kufura webpage


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