Teriyaki Salmon

June 1st, Friday:

  • Miso Soup (Wakame Seaweed, Rice and Gluten Crouton, Carrot)
  • Twice Cooked Pork (Pork, Cabbage, Red and Green Peppers, Green Onion)
  • Teriyaki Salmon
  • Rice
  • Milk

Twice Cooked Pork is apparently some sort of Sichuan Chinese cooking, but I can’t say I like Chinese food. I have never been to China, so maybe real Chinese food is different. But while I find the taste ok, the food’s texture greasy and slimy. On the other hand, Japanese fish is so tasty. Today’s salmon was in fact so tasty, adorned in it’s shiny silver skin, that I couldn’t help but bring to mind the riddle Gollum tells Sam while crossing the Dead Marshes:

Alive without breath
As cold as death
Never thirsting, ever drinking
Clad in mail, never clinking.
Drowns on dry land
Thinks an island
Is a mountain,
Thinks a fountain
Is a puff of air
So sleek, so fair!
What a joy to meet!
We only wish
To catch a fish,
So juicy-sweet!

Yum! Yum!

Ishikari Soup

May 25th, Friday:

  • Mince Meat Rice (Egg, French Bean,  Chicken)
  • Milk
  • Ishikari Soup (Salmon, Daikon Radish, Tofu, Konnyaku, Carrot, Chinese Cabbage, Burdock)
  • Salt Grilled Mackerel

Ishikari soup is a symbol of Hokkaido. Salmon is a fish with lots of nutrients, especially it includes lots of Vitamin D, which helps us process calcium.

Back in the day, there were no supermarkets. People had to go to a different shop for each different item they needed, or the merchants themselves would come and deliver their goods to each individual house. So I have read. But in the latter days of the 20th century, giant warehouse like supermarkets became to norm. However, Japan still keeps some of the old-fashion ways (for what was wrong with them?) Thus it is still common for vendors of certain goods to come to not their houses but their workplaces to sell their wares. I was reminded of this when the hanaya, or flower vendor, came to school, selling potted flowers to adorn the classroom or take home. Other vendors I have seen lately include the bread vendor, the yakult vendor (both who come once a week), soba vendor, and a vendor selling USB powered fans.

Chicken Katsu

April 27th, Friday:

  • Country Soup (Fried Tofu, Daikon Radish, Carrot, Shiitake Mushroom, Konnyaku, Burdock)
  • Dressed Minced Salmon with Jaco and Spinach (Salmon, Spinach, Chinese Cabbage, Dried Sardines)
  • Chicken Katsu
  • Rice
  • Milk

Note: Those who are growing, especially thos who exercise a lot, easily have a shortage of blood and become anemic. Today’s spinach includes lots of iron, which a sufficiency in prevents anaemia.