[Sca-cooks] Japanese breakfast

Elaine Koogler kiridono at gmail.com
Mon May 11 06:09:41 PDT 2009

Actually, the statement is pretty accurate...the Portuguese introduced
western foods in the 16th century, and there is, in at least one period
cookbook, a recipe that utilizes western techniques.  The second reference
is to when Admiral Perry opened Japanese ports near the end of the 19th
century...and, because there were more westerners in Japan, their foods

The only questionable statement has to do with beef which, prior to Japan
become almost entirely Buddhist, was allowed.  Then, as time went on, it was
still eaten occasionally when people could get it...claiming it was for
medicinal purposes!  And this was done by the priests and monks, but by the
nobility as well.  As was the case 'most everywhere in the world, the poor
ate mostly grains, veggies and the fish they could catch.  This all comes
from Ishige Naomichi.  *The History and Culture of Japanese Food.*


>> Johnnae
> This was the part that caught my eye:
>  Western foods made inroads into the Japanese diet during the 16th century,
>> when Portuguese traders introduced eggs. (Until then, chickens had been
>> considered sacred, so neither they nor their eggs were eaten.) By the end of
>> the 19th century, people all over Japan had begun embracing even more
>> Western foods, like beef (which had also been banned for the previous 1,200
>> years)...
> I'd never heard either of these before.  Has anybody else?  Any idea how
> true these assertions are?
> Sandra
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