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Tosa Jiro: The Premium Egg

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Lunch meal filled with Kochi local produce

During our company trip in 2010, we had a lunch in a Japanese restaurant that mainly offers seafood dishes. We were served with extravagant line-up of sashimi, soup with half-piece of a huge lobster, deep-fried shrimps and vegetables, and katsuo tataki (bonito fish where the outer part is grilled in high temperature), for which the Kochi City is well-known.

Fukumimi - course meal

TKG (raw egg on rice) made the impression

But what really left an impact to me is the tamago kake gohan (TKG) I had. This is the TKG served to us after having our main dishes.

Tamago Kake Gohan @ Fukumimi (Kochi)

I’m not sure if it’s obvious in the picture, but the egg was smaller compared to the regular eggs I’ve seen at the supermarkets here in Japan. I was reluctant at first but then decided to have it anyway after some convincing from my co-workers.

Steps of TKG (Raw egg on rice)

I put some rice in my bowl, broke the egg open and placed it on top of the warm rice.
Also added a little bit of soy sauce to taste. Then, I started mixing.

One thing that bothers me when eating TKG is when the whole thing is not well-mixed, you can still get the runny texture of the egg white. So, what I usually do is to beat the egg well in a separate bowl, making sure there are no lumps of  egg white left before placing it on top of the rice.

Surprisingly, the egg served to us was different. Just few times of mixing already resulted to a smooth texture even without beating the egg separately. Each grain of the rice looks shiny with a hint of golden yellow.

Tamago Kake Gohan with Tosa Jiro egg

 

After having a taste of it, I just couldn’t stop eating and before I knew it, my bowl is already empty. It was so creamy and delicious. An unexpected delightful food experience!

I was intrigued about the egg, so I searched it online. The restaurant where we had our lunch is called Fukumimi, located just a few minutes walk away from the well-known Katsurahama in Kochi City. I’ve learned that they serve Tosa Jiro egg from their own farm.

You might ask, “What is Tosa Jiro egg?”.

The name Tosa Jiro came from “Tosa Ji” of Tosa Jidori, means Tosa native chicken, and “R(h)o” of Rhode Island Red, an American native chicken breed.

Tosa Jiro is a brand created by the Laboratory of Animal Breeding in Kochi Prefecture. It’s a result of crossbreeding a Tosa native male chicken and a Rhode Island Red female chicken. Only the first filial generation can be called Tosa Jiro chicken and only the eggs laid by this chicken can be considered as Tosa Jiro egg.

Production of Tosa Jiro eggs and chicken is not easy. The producer must strictly follow the manual which indicates some of the conditions like how many chickens per one square meter, must be brought up under natural sunlight, what kind of feeds to use, and many more. Most importantly, you can only get these first filial generation chicks from the Laboratory of Animal Breeding. That makes Tosa Jiro egg and meat products premium. By the way, a 6-pack of Tosa Jiro egg costs around 600 yen (about $9), while regular one in the supermarket costs around 130 yen (about $1~$2) for the same number.

There you have it, the premium egg. I had it before I even knew about it.

Where to get the Tosa Jiro premium egg

You can buy it online if you’d like to try. Just search the keywords “tosa jiro” and you’ll find websites that sells it.

 

Next, I will share to you about 300-yen (about $3) all you can eat TKG!

 

References:
Tosa Jiro – Kochi Prefecture Official Website (Japanese text)
Fushimimi Restaurant (Japanese text)

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