Salt Broiled Rockfish

December 12th, Wednesday:

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  • Chicken and Egg Bowl (Chicken, Onion, Egg, Green Onion, Shimeji Mushroom)
  • Milk
  • Miso Soup (Potato, Carrot)
  • Salt Broiled Rockfish

December 12th is “Kanji no hi (Chinese Character Day)”. The kanji for the rockfish is “目張”. Just as the kanji show, rockfish is characterized by its eyes (目) which are very big and stick out (張) in front of it.

親子丼
牛乳
みそ汁
メバル塩焼き

Miso Oden! Yummy!

October 19th, Friday:

  • Ankake Soup (Tofu, Trefoil, Oyster Mushroom)
  • Miso Oden (Squid Fishcake, Daikon Radish, Konnyaku, Quail Egg, Carrot)
  • Salt Culture Broiled Rockfish
  • Rice
  • Milk
  • Kcal:773

Tofu is made by condensing the deliciousness and nutrition of soybeans. Furthermore, it makes the nutrients of the soybeans easier to digest.

Speaking of tofu, back in the day, tofu used to be translated as “soy cheese”. If you think about it, it makes sense. Tofu is quite similar to soft cheeses. Also, we call tonyu “soy milk”, not “soy juice.”

Today was one of my favourite lunches, I think. First of all, miso oden is so delicious! Too delicious for words. It has all my favourite foods in it: konnyaku, kamaboko, eggs, carrots! And they are all imbued with a delicious grainy texture of pale miso. I really like it. I should learn how to make it home. Rockfish has a light flaky taste, with the slight sharpness of salt culture (shio koji). Lacking bones and separating itself easily, it is easy to eat with chopsticks. Ankake soup is a starched thickened shoyu(?) based soup full of delicious tofu and mushrooms. Really, the only difficult thing about today’s lunch was I felt so full after eating it all. Yum! Yum! Yet despite that, it is surprisingly low in calories. 773 food calories might seem like a lot, but please recall that at least half of that is from the rice.

  • あんかけ汁
  • みそおでん
  • メバルの塩麹焼き
  • ごはん
  • 牛乳

Pork Kimchi on Rice

July 18th, Wednesday:

  • Pork Kimchi on Rice (Pork, Egg, Chinese Cabbage, Carrot, Green Onion, Sesame)
  • Milk
  • Miso Soup (Daikon Radish, Tofu, Green Onion)
  • Salt Grilled Rockfish

Today in our lunch han, we made an informal poll of whether one likes meat or fish better. Of the three girls and two boys, everyone said “meat” except for one boy. One of the girls said she didn’t like fish because of the bones. As I’ve mentioned my extraordinary dislike for eating bones previously, I am sure you already know I have much sympathy for that dislike. However, I still said I preferred fish. In Japan, meat is usually sold already cleanly cut up in pieces and deboned, but fish is sold whole often with head and tail still attached. But I remember as a child watching my mother stick her hand up inside the chicken and pull out its guts while preparing it for dinner. And that’s chicken. We didn’t eat red meat at home, but if had, I am sure it’s preparation would have been even grosser. So my student might feel meat is cleaner and easier to eat than fish, but it’s not, at least in America.

  • 豚キムチ丼
  • 牛乳
  • みそ汁
  • メバル塩焼き