March 6th, Wednesday:
- Pork Rice Bowl (Pork, Onion, Bell Pepper, Shimeji Mushroom)
- Miso Soup (Daikon Radish, Carrot)
- Japanese-style Salad (Octopus, Cucumber, Wakame Seaweed, Imitation Crab)
- Kcal: 822
The condition of when someone or something is sought after by many people is said “hippari-dako (stretched octopus)”. This comes from the fact that when making dried octopus, their legs are pulled out in all directions to dry them.
I am not sure what was so Japanese about today’s salad, given it was dressed in mayonnaise, but it was full of crab-mayo deliciousness. That said, it wasn’t all that popular with the students. I think a lot of them were put off by the looks of it. Also, students who dislike cucumbers are surprisingly common.
February 18th, Monday:
- Suiton Soup (Wheat Dumplings, Chicken, Bean Curd, Naruto Surimi, Carrot, Daikon Radish, Green Onion)
- Five Ingredient Kinpira (Burdock, Carrot, Pork, Satsuma-age, Sliced Konnyaku, Green Bean)
- Natural Teriyaki Amberjack
- Kcal: 871
So, suiton (水団) are sort of hand formed soup dumplings made of wheat flour. As you know, I love dumplings, so I liked today’s soup. It was also full of other things I love like abura-age, naruto, and carrots. Also, the five ingredient kinpira seemed a little different than before.
I’m tired today… I was so busy last weekend.
Because who doesn’t want to see a close up of this awesome suiton soup?!
Tags: Amberjack, Bean Curd, Burdock, Carrot, Chicken, Daikon Radish, Green Bean, Green Onion, Konnyaku, Pork, Satsuma-age, Surimi, Wheat
September 25th, Tuesday:
- Creamy Chestnut Stew (Pork, Chestnut, Corn, Carrot, Onion, Broccoli)
- Chinese Salad (Tuna, Daikon Radish, Cucumber, Wakame Seaweed)
- Lemon Basil Chick Bake
- Butter Bread
- Kcal: 852
Chestnuts originate from Japan and the southern part of the Korean peninsula. Chestnuts that grow wild are called shibakuri (brush chestnuts) or yamakuri (mountain chestnuts).
Today’s Chinese salad had a cool, healthy taste that was surprisingly good, but I am not sure what makes it Chinese. I have never been to China and know nothing about Chinese food, but at most the chinese-style restaurants I have been to, there have been an abundance of dishes coated with a sort of slimy sauce. (I apologise to Chinese people for making such a mean statement.) Today’s salad didn’t have a sauce like that at all, which was a good thing. Also while I don’t like meat/poultry, for being a chicken, the Lemon Basil Chicken was pretty good. Finally, the name of today’s stew is actually a sort of pun in Japanese. “Kuri” means chestnut and “kurimu” means cream: So the name of the stew was actually “kuriiiiimu stew”. Yum! Yum!
So, I grew up on an tropical island and there were no chestnuts there. I had never eaten a chestnut, never even seen a chestnut, until I came to Japan. But that is natural. The weird part is that even as a child I was fairly well acquainted with what a chestnut was. Because there is that Christmas song: “Chestnuts roasting on a open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose….” Why do I know that song? It’s about snow and cold weather. My hometown is 20 degrees away from the equator! The answer: globalization. Or colonialism. They are actually pretty similar things. The fact that I can know about chestnuts even having grown up in the tropics is pretty awesome, until I considered what sort of native culture was crushed to make room for this alien information….
Tags: Broccoli, Carrot, Chestnut, Chicken, Corn, Cucumber, Daikon Radish, Onion, Pork, Seaweed, Tuna