GOHAN Japanese rice, A to Z


The most important ingredient of Japanese cuisine is rice. Japanese rice are of the japonica style, they are round and firm. Outside Japan, you can get some sushi rice, or Italian arborio that are of japanica cultivar too. Sticky rice is a different type, it’s called mochigome in Japanese. Rice has different names in Japanese. Kome, okome, the plant. Gohan, meshi when it’s cooked…

how to cook Japanese rice (without a rice cooker)
genmai brown rice(healthier)
sticky rice

The bowl of unsalted, unflavored but perfectly cooked hot white rice is often present on the the table.
But, you have many variations.

The rice “sandwich”. Shape hot rice in your hands.

yaki onigiri (grilled)


Rice bowls : fill half of a big bowl with hot rice, add some toppings.

gyudon (beef)
tendon (tempura)
oyakodon (mama-baby, chicken egg)
soboro (sloppy joe domburi)
eight treasures

takikomi gohan

Flavored rice dishes. Ingredients are added in the rice-cooker. There are millions of possibilities. A few classics :

chicken rice
kaibashira (scallop)rice
oyster rice

sekihan (red rice)
mame gohan (green peas)
kuri gohan (chestnut)


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Fill a part of your lunch box with rice.

midori okowa
chirashi bento
Unaju (eel)

Stir-fry your rice leftover :

nira fried rice
buta-kimchi rice (pork)
soba meshi (with noodles)

More elaborated dishes :

omurice (omelet filled with rice)
doria (retro baked rice)


Rice porridge, often a breakfast.

nanakusa okayu (7 herbs)
red okayu

More ?
Also see mochi (rice paste), and wagashi (Japanese sweets)

L.O. day 3 : omu-raisu (omelet-rice)

Omu-raisu, omelet filled with rice is a yoshoku (Western dish adapted to Japanese taste) that is so popular that there are many restaurants dedicated to it. They serve only that, but they have 30 variations for the rice flavoring and the sauce. It’s also very popular at home.

Omelet + butakimchi rice + parmesan cheese + paprika gravy

I had this <em>butakimchi gohan twice, so this third time makes it look different. The cheese changed the taste.

The sauce is not compulsory, but for me, it’s a bit dry without.

You can cut it with the fork. Children love it because it is very soft food.
Great comfort food !

Butakimchi gohan, hot pork rice. Juggling with left-overs.

I had made this buta-kimchi yesterday… and you see only half on that photo.

So I ate one serving.

All that was left-over in the pan.

But I had 1/2 of the konnyaku left.

I added it.

And a little more gochujang.

And rice.
I had cooked 1 go of rice. A go is a Japanese rice-cup (180 milliliter, while the US cup is 240 ml). It’s used to measure the raw rice.
2 go makes 3 standard rice-bowls. But with 1 go, I get for 4 servings for small woman.
So that gaves me 3 servings of buta-kimchi gohan. (pork kimchi rice)

One. Butakimchi gohan.

Two, idem, with white sesame and basil.
Three… omu-raisu. See that tomorrow :