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Tamago Kake Gohan (卵かけご飯)

Tamago Kake Gohan (卵かけご飯)
Tamago Kake Gohan (卵かけご飯) is a very simple, and common rice dish that is eaten all across Japan.

It is an extremely simple dish consisting of just raw egg and cooked rice, that is typically eaten for breakfast.

Tamago Kake Gohan is short for Tamago Bukkake Gohan.

Tamago(卵) means “egg”; bukkake (ぶっかけ) means “to pour; to splash on”; and gohan (ご飯) means “rice”.

Sometime, the dish is simply referred to as TKG.

Read on for more interesting info about Tamago Kake Gohan:


tkg egg and rice

The main ingredients of Tamago Kake Gohan are:

  • Rice
  • Egg

The egg must be raw. It is very typical in Japan to eat raw egg, as there is very strict hygiene policies for egg producers.

If you are in another country, check if it is safe or not to eat the eggs raw, as it is easy to get food poisoning.

Soy sauce is typically used as the main seasoning ingredient.

There are actually special types soy sauce made by various companies specifically for eating TKG. Usually they contain some mixture of dashi, or sweet ingredient like mirin.

Other common seasoning ingredients include wasabi and mentsuyu.


misaki okayama
Misaki Town, Okayama — origin of TKG

TKG is eaten all over Japan. There are even restaurants that specialize in TKG.

It is also a typical dish to make at home since it is so simple.

TKG from Misaki, Okayama

TKG is thought to have first originated from Misaki Town in Okayama Prefecture, which is still known for its poultry farming. Apparently, over 70,000 people visit the small town (population 12,000) each year to eat TKG.

One of the most famous restaurants to try raw egg and rice in Misaki Town is called “Shokudo Kammechi” (食堂かめっち). Click here for Google Maps link.

Read more about TKG’s interesting history below:

History / Origin of TKG

Ginka Kishida, journalist, businessman, and inventor of TKG.

Tamago Kake Gohan is thought to have been created during the Meiji Period. It was invented, and first eaten by a person named Ginka Kishida (岸田吟香), who was born in Misaki Town (Okayama).

Kishida was a famous newspaper journalist, and Japan’s first ever war correspondent. He often recommended the meal of raw egg on rice to people around him. Apparently, the dish was originally called “kei-ranae” 鶏卵和(けいらんあえ), and consisted of rice topped with raw eggs, salt, and chili peppers.

TKG was not immediately popular throughout Japan, mainly because eggs were considered expensive.

Around 1970, poultry farming techniques were introduced from the United States, and helped drastically increase egg production. TKG became more popular as eggs became more affordable for regular folk.

How to Make & Eat Tamago Kake Gohan

Just crack an egg on some freshly cooked rice. That’s it! 😂

Top it with some soy sauce, and you’re good to go! If you’re outside of Japan, make sure the egg you buy is safe to eat raw.

If you want a more detailed recipe, here is one:

Tamago Kake Gohan Recipe (卵かけご飯)

Course: BreakfastCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Easy


Prep time


Cooking time





The basic “Sunrise” TKG method. Images and measurements via Have some freshly cooked rice prepared beforehand to save you time.

Ingredients & Equipment

  • Cooked Rice … approx. 150g (or one rice bowl)

  • Soy sauce … 7g

  • Egg … 1 egg

  • Equipment
  • 2 bowls (one for beating egg)

  • Chopsticks


  • Cook some fresh rice or heat up leftover rice
  • Add soy sauce to warm rice in a bowl and mixtkg step 1
  • Lightly beat egg in separate bowl, then pour over rice and mixtkg step 2
  • Enjoy!tkg sunrise


  • Try different types of soy sauce (i.e. shoyu), and adjust amount to your preferences. Japanese people tend to like to use a slightly sweeter soy sauce for TKG.
  • Add different condiments or toppings like nori (dried seaweed), green onions, or wasabi.
  • Pair with some miso soup for a full and hearty Japanese breakfast.

TKG Variations

There are infinite variations of ways to eat / make TKG. You can use various different toppings or sauces. The only limit is your imagination.

Check out this article from (in Japanese) for some interesting ideas.

Interesting notes about TKG


Have you ever tried tamago kake gohan before? What did you think of it?

Leave your thoughts and comments below!

Chef Goku

Chef Goku

Chef Goku is the founder and sole operator of The Chef Dojo. He loves Japanese food, and has lived in and out of Japan for many years. He started this blog in 2018 to share everything he learns about Japanese food and cooking. He is also a self-certified Japanese knife nerd. Contact Chef Goku

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