Monday Meals: 18-11-12 Bento


Bentos are Japanese lunches in a multi partitioned tray. In old days it was a wooden box. Now it is usually styrofoam or plastic. The common factor in all bentos is rice. This takes up the most space. After that you can have fish, beef, chicken, or fried varieties of the former. There are various side things that come with it. This can be vegetables, potato salad, Japanese pickles, etc.

7-Eleven sells a lot of bentos here. There is a custom to buy a deluxe bento at the Bullet Train Stations to eat on the Bullet train. These usually have local delicacies in them. There is also a type of fast food shop that sells bentos with hot rice.

There are homemade bentos too. Housewives get up early and make bentos for the family. These are put in plastic boxes. The ones for children have cartoon characters on them. Some have a lower a lower section for rice with an upper section for the side dishes. Others just have a divider to separate the rice.

To see some of the varieties please look at this page.
http://www.second-kitchen.net/products/list.php

Have any of you had bentos? If so what kinds?

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Monday Meals: Strange Food


Strange is in the eye of the beholder. At one time I thought raw fish, squid and octopus was strange now I think it is normal. Eel is quite delicious over rice in a nice sauce.

All cultures have their hard to eat foods. Natto, fermented soy beans that have strings like cheese when you eat it, is the one in Japan. I’ll put up a video later.

What food will put hair on you chest or take it off it that be the case? What is the strangest thing you have eaten?

I remember asking a Japanese about American food. Raw broccoli was hard for him because cooked broccoli is the norm here.

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Monday Meals: 18-10-29 Food Storage

I don’t remember all the options for storing food as there is today. For the most part it was plastic wrap and Tupperware. Now there is a plethora of options. Take plastic bags. In the old days you you had plastic bags with a paper covered wire to twist the bag shut. Now there are resealable ones. The old ziplock bags with one line has been replaced with two lines to close the bag. There is even a zipper type closer. There are normal storage and freezer bags. Does the food know which bag it is in?

Now there are many Tupperware knockoffs. Some come with lids with a dial for the month and day.

Others have valves that let out the air in the container so it stays fresher longer.

Or there is the refrigerator with a compartment where no wrap is needed. I am not sure how that works.

So how do you store your food?

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Photo Friday: 18-10-19 Cartoon Characters

I remember seeing Mahha GoGoGo on TV when I was young. It fascinated me that the characters had round eyes. The stories were silly and innocuous.

The English title was Speed Racer. The Japanese title Mahha GoGoGo comes from Mach Vehicle 5 Go is my guess. The characters first name is Go so it might be part of the title too. The “M” on the helmet is for Mifune Motors. Speed Racer’s Japanese name is Mifune Go.

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Monday Meals: 18-10-15 Hot Beverages

Hot Beverages

The above picture is of green tea. It is something I drink but rarely make for myself. My preferred drink is black tea with milk.

Occasionally this without the whipping cream.

What is your go to hot liquid? Are there any unusual things you like?

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