August 23rd, Thursday:
- Vegetable Shoyu Ramen (Pork, Bean Sprout, Chinese Cabbage, Bamboo Shoot, Green Onion, Carrot)
- Fried Isobe Chikuwa
- Watermelon Jelly
- Kcal: 747
Fried Isobe is when one wraps a food in laver (nori), coat it in a batter and fry it. Or it is dish whose is coated in a batter mixed with minced nori and fried.
Today’s “suika no zerii” I translated as “watermelon jelly”, but the word jelly hardly has a universal meaning. In the US, jelly refers to a fruit preserve or jam that is solidified with pectin. But in the UK, jelly refers to a gelatin desert, similar to what we ate today, that is solidified with gelatin. In the US, such a dessert is generally called jello, after the brand name of a company which makes such a desert. Now let me educate you on the evils of gelatin. Well, not really, but I feel here in Japan, where kanten–a gelatin made from agar seaweed with a long history of use in Japanese cooking–is plentiful, it is better to use that than an animal product.
As a child, my best friend didn’t like jellies at all due to their texture. But as for myself, since my favourite scientist Rodney Mckay is known to adore blue jello, so I must like it as well. The US or the UK variety, eaten with a spoon.