3 Japanese Foods that unexpectedly Match Well with Toast
There are some Japanese foods that match well with toast, which Japanese people actually sometimes put on a slice of toast. If you know what those foods are, you might be surprised.
3 Japanese-Style Toast Recipes
Therefore, today let me introduce such 3 Japanese foods that overseas people usually don’t prepare for toast as ingredients, each of which unexpectedly goes well with toast.
Ogura Toast using Sweet Red Bean Paste
Have you ever heard of Ogura Toast? Ogura Toast is a toast dish that is known as a local specialty of the city Nagoya. The Japanese-style toast features having sweetened Azuki red beans called “Ogura-An (小倉あん)” on it.
The basic way to make Ogura Toast is very simple; First, bake a thick slice of white bread in a toaster. Then spread butter or margarine over the toast and put Ogura-An, as much as you like.
Actually, Ogura-An is a type of “Anko (餡子)” traditional Japanese sweet bean paste, so with the Anko red beans, the toast gets a delicious taste that is very familiar to us Japanese.
Kinako Toast using Roasted Soy Flour
As you may know, “Kinako (きな粉)” is roasted soybean flour that is unique to Japan. It is also traditional Japanese food and is popular as a healthy food in Japan.
The soy flour Kinako is often prepared for Mochi rice cake, but some Japanese home cooks like to use it on toast.
How to make Kinoko Toast is also straightforward like this; Toast a slice of white bread and spread honey. As a finishing, sprinkle a proper amount of Kinako flour, and you can enjoy the toast with a very Japanese taste.
Mentaiko Toast using Salted Cod Roe
“Mentaiko (明太子)” is a common food in Japan which is made by pickling cod roe in salt, while spicy Mentaiko with red chili pepper is called “Karashi Mentaiko (辛子明太子)”.
Actually, the salted cod roe Mentaiko unexpectedly goes well with toast and some Japanese like making toast with butter and Mentaiko roe.
Because of that, in Japan, there is even a butter product mixed with Mentaiko roe called Mentaiko Butter, which actually also works well with steamed plain rice. With Mentaiko Butter, you can effortlessly make Mentaiko Toast with a distinctive salty umami taste.