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27 January 2010 @ 06:47 am

Today was a rather meager lunch.

The bread was "amanatto pan." Amanatto is a type of Japanese snack made from sweet beans cooked to juuuuust tender and rolled in sugar. "Natto" is a word for soy bean and "ama" means sweet. I like amanatto on its own but I wasn't up to eating it wrapped up in wonder bread. I didn't feel too bad because we had at least 100 loaves felt over from all over the school that no one else ate either.

In the bowl is a soy based soup with various vegetables and the strangest balls. I thought it was normal "mochidango" (rice flour dumplings) but the texture was all wrong. It was quite firm and gritty. The taste was good though.

On the plate is a salad of Japanese radish, carrots, cucumbers, and sesame seeds in a sour sesame dressing.

For dessert we had an orange slice.
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04 December 2009 @ 08:36 am

Updates will be slow in coming. My computer crashed last week and I lost all the lunch pictures. But, the problem has been fixed and I am slowly building up another batch of school lunch pics.

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19 November 2009 @ 06:35 am

Today was Japanese curry with rice. The curry was a typical Japanese curry. Awful, bland and with an ever so slightly slimy texture. The ingredients are always the same: meat, potatoes, onions, carrots, onions and mushrooms. Blech.

Usually, the rice served on curry days is not white rice. It is called "mugi" rice, meaning it is only partially hulled. Japanese people overwhelmingly prefer white rice but recognize that mugi rice is better for dietary fiber. I've still never seen anyone eat it outside of school lunch.

The salad of the day was tasty. It was a mix of cucumber, bean sprouts and cellophane noodles. It was in a soy/sesame oil flavored dressing. Very nice.

The little cup in the back is "wine jelly". It's actually just a grape jello like snack with bits of grape. It is served partially frozen. We only get these a couple times a year. One of the only desserts offered for school lunches in Japan.
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12 November 2009 @ 04:10 am
Update long overdue.
I have still been taking photos, though, so all these lunches are from about a month ago.

This day's lunch was ramen. The bowl is full of soy sauce soup base with seaweed, carrots, bamboo, bean sprouts and green beans.

It's hard to see behind the ramen noodles but there is also a small, steamed cupcake like bread.

The salad is a mix of cellophane noodles, cucumber, bean sprouts, carrots and cabbage in a sweet sesame oil flavored dressing.

We finished with a mandarin orange.
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13 October 2009 @ 08:27 am

Today's lunch was a new one. Same old white rice, miso soup and cabbage vinegar salad but the meat was something I haven't eaten before.

It was the usual think cut pork always used for school lunch but the sauce was weird. Almost like the chef made a mistake but decided to go with it. A little spicy, a little sweet, a lot oily and very tough and chewy.
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13 October 2009 @ 08:27 am

A usual lunch. The bowl is nameshi, a Japanese dish of white rice cooked with radish greens. One of my favorite foods. The salad was a mix of bean sprouts, canned tuna and spinach. The brown roll on the plate is a slab of fried tofu stuffed with minced chicken and soybeans. The whole thing was slathered with a clear sweet onion sauce.
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13 October 2009 @ 08:26 am

Today's lunch was pretty plain. White rice. Spinach and canned tuna salad. Slice of frozen pear in the packet. In the bowl is a mix of sweet/soy cooked pork and a type of Japanese noodle made from a root. The noodles are non-caloric and are very popular in Japan. Especially in the area where I live.
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13 October 2009 @ 08:26 am

Another simple lunch. White rice. Salad of cucumbers and radish in a spicy kimchi sauce. A pork shaomai, a type of Chines steamed dumpling. In the bowl is a thick soup of pork, veggies, quail eggs and squid that reminds be of the taste of chop suey.
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13 October 2009 @ 08:25 am

This was a simple lunch. Bowl of white rice. A slab of sweet/soy simmered fish. Bowl of miso soup with radish, tofu and carrots. A salad of seaweed and squid slices. In the back is a purple plum. In front is a packet furikake. Furikake is a Japanese savory sprinkled for putting on top of rice. Today's was a mix of dried sesame seeds, salt and seaweed
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15 September 2009 @ 06:46 am

Today's protein was "hamburg" in an onion mushroom sauce. Hamburg is what Japanese people call Salisbury steak and what my mom would call a meatloaf patty. It is ground meat (usually beef but pork and chicken are also popular) mixed with spices and vegetables and cooked in patty form. Some restaurants serve hamburgs stuffed with cheese, curry, what have you.

Behind that is a macaroni salad with cucumber, cabbage, corn and canned tuna. It's a dry salad that comes with a mayo packet you can add if you want.

Next to the mayo packet is another packet with putter and blueberry jam for the bread in the back.

Lastly, the soup. God it was awful today. Just the smell turned my stomach. Pure onion water with onions, cabbage, pork and onions. Gag.
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