japanese cat rice

Japanese Cat Rice 猫まんま

Japanese Cat Rice” is known as the taste of the common people in Japan.
In Japan, it is called “Nekomanma.” 
“Nekomanma” refers to a simple rice mixture reminiscent of leftover food given to cats. 
It is called “nekomanma” as a convenient meal for people to eat, because it has the appearance of leftover rice, a simple food that would be given to dogs and cats.

Rice is the staple food in Japan. Rice is the staple food in Japan, and it is served with bonito flakes on top of rice and soy sauce drizzled on top. It is easy and simple to make and is loved by many Japanese people.
As long as you have the ingredients, anyone can easily make it, so please give it a try!


  • Cat Rice means it looks like dish for cat.
  • That’s why how it got it’s name. It is not a balanced food that contains the necessary nutrition for cats.

Episode In Japan

In Japan, nekomanma is a simple dish of rice topped with bonito flakes and drizzled with soy sauce, so it is considered a simple meal.
However, it is also true that although it is a poor meal, it has a meaning of deliciousness that cannot be discarded, and I myself like luxurious food, but the simpler the meal, the more attached I am to it, and the more I want to eat it again!
I often think to myself, “I want to eat that again! I never forget the taste of food that I have eaten since I was a child, don’t you think?
Nekomanma holds such memories for me.

The Key Item

The more simple the dish, the more difficult it is to prepare, because you can’t fake the taste or appearance of the sauce. Soy sauce and bonito flakes are important, but if you want to eat well, it is hot rice. Not cold rice. Prepare freshly cooked rice, and while it’s still warm, top it with bonito flakes and drizzle with soy sauce. The bonito flakes will dance with vigor! That’s a sign to whet your appetite!

How to make Japanese Cat Rice

Japanese Cat Rice

Recipe by Bridge to JAPANCourse: MainCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Easy


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A simple dish of rice topped with soy sauce and bonito flakes


  • 1 Cup Rice

  • Bonito Flakes(1 pack)

  • Some Soy Sauce


  • Prepare the rice.
  • When the rice is cooked, place it on a plate and sprinkle with bonito flakes.
  • Add a drop or two of soy sauce.
  • It’s ready!

Recipe Video


  • It tastes better if you mix it well and eat it before it gets cold.

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