Natto Gohan(Rice)

Happy Natto Day! 7/10 in Japan is called Natto Day, since 7 and 10 sounds like Natto!

7 = Nana or Shichi

10 = Ju or Toh 


So, today’s the day to spot a light on natto, traditional soul food yet very famous as a bizarre food. 

The reason why people consider natto bizarre is smell. Since it’s fermented, it smells funny and some people describe it as sweaty feet. Also the texture is slimy like okra, so some people find it’s difficult to wash out the flavor after they eat natto. Sure enough, since it’s slimy they stick to our mouth very well;)

But, at the same time we all admit they are nutritious and a lot of people grow up by eating natto as baby food. Eating natto with a bowl of rice is how people feel nostalgy on dining table;)


<Today’s Recipe>

Natto Gohan(Rice)  

natto gohan

<Ingredients> *For 1 serving

  • 1 packs natto (included special sauce and Japanese yellow mustard)
  • 1/2 bunch scallion
  • What to have perfect natto meal
  • 1 bowls freshly cooked rice
  • 1 bowls miso soup
  • 1 cups freshly brewed hoji tea



  1. Empty the natto packet and condiments in a mixing bowl. Stir it for about 100 times!
  2. Sprinkle scallion and stir well again. Enjoy!
  3. Some people mix it with rice, but I recommend taking a bite of each natto and rice, then wash it down with miso soup or hoji tea!

natto gohan

The popular toppings for natto are raw eggs, kimchi, perilla, or umeboshi(sour plum pickles.) Surprisingly some people even put natto on curry or miso soup (I heard they wash natto first to remove the slimy texture first…try it if you are brave enough!) 

I’m glad my dinner buddy likes natto too, otherwise I have to eat it by hiding somewhere close, somewhere he never enters, like my old co-worker did in her house!


<Other Ways to Enjoy Natto>

Mix it with an Italian dish! Slimy Natto Pasta

slimy natto pasta

Wash it with nice tea! Hoji Tea

hoji tea

My first entry and must have of Japanese food! Miso Soup

miso soup

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sowmya says:

    Great preparation Tanooki. Good to know about the significance of this Natto dish

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you sowmya for continuous visit and compliments🤗

      Liked by 1 person

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