Japanese Raw Egg is Safe to Eat. 生卵(生玉子)、温泉玉子(温泉卵)

Beef Plate Meal 牛皿定食 - YOSHINOYA 吉野家Food

In Japan, we often eat raw eggs, typically those of chicken or quail. Many types of dishes are served with raw egg or a half boiled egg.

10 eggs cost between 100 and 200 yen at supermarkets in Japan.
Brand chicken eggs are much more expensive though.

卵, 玉子 and たまご are the same pronunciation Tamago.

卵 means simply egg or biological word.
玉子 is for food. Usually, it has already cooked.

たまご has all meanings.


Raw Egg 生卵(生玉子)


Raw whole egg or yolk only is often used as the ideal sauce for seafood, beef / pork bowls, noodles dishes, sukiyaki and many more.

In Japan, eggs are rigorously inspected and cleaned to ensure that they are fresh and safe to eat due to the fact that so many Japanese people eat raw eggs regularly, so there is no need to worry.

I have never heard of anyone getting sick after eating raw eggs here in Japan. However, I don't recommend eating eggs that are past their best-before / expiration date.

Pork Bowl SUTADON すた丼 伝説のすた丼屋

If you are not good at eating raw eggs, it is also a good idea to mix only the yolk of the raw egg without the egg white.

Some restaurants in Japan serve a raw egg with an "egg separator" as pictured below.

Gyudon with Green Onion and Raw Egg Small ねぎ玉牛丼ミニ - SUKIYA すき家

Sakurasuisan さくら水産

One of the most popular raw egg dishes is called Tamago-Kage-Gohan, or T.K.G.
It is rice mixed with beaten, raw egg and a dash of soy sauce.
Some people eat it with Nori (dried seaweed) or other toppings.

Beef Plate Meal 牛皿定食 - YOSHINOYA 吉野家

Why don't you try Tamago-Kake-Gohan?

Half Boiled Egg 温泉玉子(温泉卵)

It is called 温泉玉子 Onsen-tamago, 温玉Ontama or 月見玉子 Tsukimi-tamago,

Half boiled egg is that both the white and yolk of the boiled egg are still very soft.
Half boiled egg means very soft boiled egg.

Half boiled egg is different from soft boiled egg. Half boiled egg does not maintain its shape after you crack the shell.

A boiled egg cooked in a Japanese hot spring is also called Onsen-tamago.
It is not important for this hot spring eggs to boil soft or hard.

Soft Boiled Egg 半熟玉子(半熟卵)


According to the cooking definition, a soft boiled egg is an egg with a set white and a running yolk. It's when the white is set, but the yolk is in a jelly-like state (about 7 minutes in boiling water then out into an ice bath).

You have probably seen that many ramen restaurants use this type of egg on their ramen. However, sometimes they also use seasoned hard boiled eggs.

横浜家系ラーメン 壱角家 半熟玉子 Ramen

Seasoned Half Boiled Egg

Seasoned Half Boiled Egg 半熟煮卵 - Kourakuen 幸楽苑

Unfortunately, many restaurants make mistakes about Half Boiled Eggand Soft Boiled Eggon their food menu.