Recipe for Beginners: Natto Rice Bowl

Natto and Rice Bowl 

The Japanese dish natto and rice bowl is a popular, and simple nutritious meal. It consists of steamed white rice topped with fermented soybeans, called natto. Natto has a distinct flavor and sticky texture. The dish is often garnished with various toppings such as green onions, shredded nori (seaweed), or sometimes a raw egg. Natto is known for its strong aroma and rich umami taste. It is a traditional breakfast option in Japan and is valued for its health benefits, including probiotics and high protein content.



  • 1 package of Aya’s Culture Kitchen Boston Natto
  • 1 tsp of mentsuyu (dashi-sauce)
  • 1 bowl of steamed white rice
  • Green onions (chopped)
  • Soy sauce (optional)
  • Mustard (optional)


  1. Prepare the steamed rice and place it in a bowl.
  2. Open the natto package and mix it with mentsuyo and mustard to taste. Stir it until it becomes sticky.
  3. Put the mixed natto on top of the rice.
  4. Sprinkle the chopped green onions over the natto.
  5. If you prefer, add a bit more soy sauce on top. Enjoy it with chopsticks!