June 21st, Thursday:
- Tonkatsu Ramen (Ramen Noodle, Char Siu, Bean Sprout, Bamboo Shoot, Green Onion)
- Mango Tart
Geshi (summer solstice) is one of the 24 seasonal divisions. It is the day with the longest daytime and shortest nighttime. According to the calendar it is summer, but actually it is right in the middle of the rainy (baiu) season, so it’s a time when farmers are busier than ever.
I would like to reproduce a dialogue from my student’s second year English textbook (Lesson 3-4). It is between a Japanese student and a Korean exchange student.
Kenta: Then I want to take you to an okonomiyaki restaurant.
Kenta: It’s like Chijimi.
Jin: Oh, you mean jeon. Then let’s go!
As the passage illustrates, apparently, the term “chidjimi” comes from the Korean dialect spoken in Gyeongsang Province, and thus normal Koreans call the dish “jeon”.
I have never eaten chidjimi, but it was generally agreed upon that today’s school lunch version tasted nothing like chidjimi at all.