September 26th, Wednesday:
- Hayashi Rice (Pork, Carrot, Onion, Shimeji Mushroom)
- Dressed Broccoli and Tuna (Broccoli, Tuna)
- Kcal: 930
Broccoli and cauliflower. Cauliflower was the earlier to be cultivated and is closer to the original plant. Broccoli is a variant variety of it.
Hayashi rice is a dish that resembles curry rice (especially the sweet curry rice of school lunch) but uses a thick tomatoish demi-glace sauce rather than curry. If forced to choose between the two, the majority of students prefer curry rice, but hayashi rice has a smaller, but solid following as well. I myself prefer curry. Hayashi rice seems to be one of those “Western” dishes that were created in Japan during the Meiji age of enlightenment. Where the name actually comes from is from much debate. It may have been named after a person (Hayashi Yuuteki or another Hayashi with different Kanji). Or it may have derived from the term “haya-shi” (quick death, for the poor animals used to make it) or “haya-raisu” (quick rice, to be eaten before boarding a ship). Or it may come from the English term “hashed beef with rice” degenerating into “hasshi raisu” to “haishi raisu” to finally “hayashi raisu”. By the way, sometimes people translate hayashi rice into English as “Japanese beef stew”, but hayashi rice is has a firm tomato taste that never belongs in beef stew, not to mention in Hokkaido it is made with pork over beef, so I think it is a poor translation.