Plummy! Simmered Saury

February 25th, Monday:


  • Scallop Soup (Scallop, Tofu, Carrot, Chinese Cabbage, Burdock)
  • Simmered Dried Sliced Daikon (Dried Sliced Daikon, Satsuma-age, Hijiki Seaweed, Carrot, Green Bean, Sliced Konnyaku)
  • Plum Simmered Saury
  • Rice
  • Milk
  • Kcal: 846

Tofu 「豆腐」 is a food handed down from China.  The character fu 「腐」does not mean “rotten” in China, but means “something gathered from a liquid to make something firm out of something soft”.

To explain what the kyuushoku tayori means by the above, I should say that 腐 means rotten in modern Japanese, so the characters for tofu seem to literally say “rotten beans”, which does not sound the most appealing.

Anyways, the saury fish today is not that beautiful and rather hard to eat, but being plum-simmered gives it a really nice taste. I say this as a very picky eater. So frightening to behold, but delicious. I like hijiki and satsuma-age and konnyaku so much, so I really liked the simmered daikon, but judging from my students plates, the saury was far more popular than the daikon….

Other exciting things today was one of the boys split his entire soup all across his lap and we got to eat ぼっけもんsweets by 風月堂 from Kagoshima prefecture, since the superintendent brought them back as omiyage! I ate it before I could take a picture. I’m sorry.

  • ほたて汁
  • 切り干し大根煮
  • さんまの梅煮
  • ごはん
  • 牛乳

Hassaku Fresh

January 31st, Thursday:


  • Yakiudon (Pork, Squid, Shrimp, Cabbage, Carrot, Onion)
  • Milk
  • Scallop Dumpling
  • Hassaku Fresh
  • Kcal: 701

In winter, we can notice many types of oranges. “Hassaku” is one type. The peel is very thick, so it’s hard to remove, but the fruit is tender and very delicious.


Ginger Grilled Veggies?

September 21st, Friday:

  • Noppei Soup (Taro, Scallop, Carrot, Bamboo Shoot, Shiitake Mushroom, Konnyaku)
  • Ginger Pork and Veggies (Pork, Onion, Cabbage, Green Onion)
  • Breaded Bean Patty
  • Rice
  • Milk
  • Kcal: 939

Beans, which have been eaten from old, are an important food for building our bodies. Last time we had the breaded bean patty, thre were 690 left over. We were surprised because fried patties have a gentle taste.

So the Ginger Pork and Veggies literally reads in Japanese “Vegetable’s Ginger Grilled”. You can imagine my disappointment then, when I discovered the dish was a great deal of fatty pork with a couple onions and precisely one small piece of cabbage…. 😦 Yeah, I was really sad. Upon further inquiry, I discovered “Ginger Grilled” implicitly means Ginger Grilled Pork. Well, it can’t be helped. The bean patty fairly flavourless and oily, as expected, and I liked it well enough. I think I am much more sensitive to strong taste than most people, so the gentle taste of the patty was more suited to me. Noppei soup, by the way, had a light nice flavour. I wouldn’t want to have it everyday, but it was a nice change of pace, especially after yesterday’s heavy curry udon. Contrary to my bilingual dictionary’s defination, the broth was thin and clear and full of taro slices and scallops.

  • のっぺい汁
  • 野菜の生姜焼き
  • 豆いっぱいフライ
  • ごはん
  • 牛乳

Sugar Simmered Sardine!

May 30th, Wednesday:

  • Scallop Soup (Scallop, Tofu, Chinese Cabbage, Burdock)
  • Chinese-style Meat and Potatoes (Potato, Pork, Onion, Shimeji Mushroom, Konnyaku)
  • Sugar Simmered Sardine
  • Rice
  • Milk

As usual, the soup was delicious. I really adore soup. In fact, if I could take all my nutritional input in liquid form, I probably couldn’t be happier.  On the other hand, I am not a fan of sardines. Heian women used to blacken their teeth because the bone like quality of teeth was considered repulsive. I want to say that contact with bone was even one of the major tsumi (sins) listed in the Kojiki. The ancient Japanese knew what they were talking about. Bones are exceedingly repulsive. The time I want to come deal with bones is when summoning monsters from the abyss during unholy rites. Thus sardines, being filled with tons of irremovable tiny bones and lacking in monstrous qualities, are fish I cannot enjoy eating.