June 29th, Friday:
- Miso Soup (Carrot, Cabbage, Tamogi Mushroom)
- Mabo-dofu (Tofu, Pork, Green Onion, Shiitake Mushroom)
- Flower Fried Sillago
In June, right before spawning, a rich flavour is condensed within sillago fish. With a light and high-quality flavour, you can feel the sweetness like no other. It is said it seems “like a picture that can be eaten.”
As the 「給食だより」 says, the sillago is indeed a delicate and delicious fish. I hardly noticed the tiny little bones. Mabo-dofu served today comes from a Chinese dish apparently traditional in Szechuan. I don’t like chinese-ish food since it is oily and slimy. But actually this dish has been thoroughly adapted to Japan. It’s oiliness has been toned down and it isn’t spicy at all. That and I love tofu. The name “麻婆” is apparently supposed to come from the pock-marked auntie who originally invented the dish.