June 13th, Wednesday:
- Stranger’s Rice Bowl (Pork, Egg, Onion, Green Onion, Bamboo Shoot, Shimeji Mushroom)
- Miso Soup (Cabbage, Carrot, Tamogi Mushroom)
- Stuffed Fried Surimi
Stuffed Fried Surimi is minced Chinese chives, cabbage, eggs, pork, and chicken wrapped in surimi that is then accented with garlic and ginger and fried.
To be honest, I don’t like eating in general. Cutting up hard to eat meats and vegetables, for example, steak or corn of the cob, is just too much work. I would rather just not eat it in the first place. It is so much nicer if food has already been minced to bits or soaked in broth. For this reason, today’s stuffed surimi was perfect for me. Surimi is of course a fish paste, very easy to eat and digest, and the filling was also finely minced. Really, it was sort of like eating a surimi potsticker. I was debating under which of the seven deadly sins this laziness in eating vice would fall. At first I was thinking acedia or sloth. But considering it more thoroughly, I think it must fall under studiose, which is a type of gluttony.
Now, I am sure you are wondering, “What precisely is Stranger’s Rice Bowl?” Well, I am here to tell you the answer. It is rice bowl topped with either pork or beef and egg. It is called stranger’s bowl to contrast it with mother-and-child bowl, which contains chicken and egg. Egg is certainly a stranger to pork, as compared to chicken.It was devised in the Meiji period, and is alternatively called “civilized rice bowl (kaika-don)”. Because as any white person can tell you, a civilized person eats lots of meat. Traditional foods like vegetables and fish are for monkeys. (Please recall I am nearly a vegetarian.)