Today’s school lunch: rice, teriyaki chicken, jako (tiny baby fish) and bell pepper stir-fry, and potato miso soup.
I thought it about it and I realized that even though I’ve been in Japan for nearly two years, this is probably the first time I’ve eaten teriyaki chicken. Teriyaki chicken is one of the quintessential Japanese dishes in America, but I rarely see or notice it on the menus in Japan.
Today’s school lunch: rice, deep-fried sweet and sour smelts, rice noodle and cabbage soup, and chicken and okara (tofu lees).
Today’s school lunch: bread, pork cream chowder, pickled cabbage with corn, and cantaloupe jelly.
Today’s school lunch: rice, hamburg steak with a mushroom sauce, vermicelli and vegetable soup, and pickled cucumbers with potatoes.
Today’s school lunch: bamboo shoot rice, grilled trout, miso soup, and bean sprouts and spinach with katsuobushi.
Today’s school lunch: rice, sweet and sour ginger pork, konnyaku salad, and seaweed, bamboo shoot, and tofu soup.
The konnyaku salad had a slight sesame oil sauce that made it taste like a Chinese jellyfish dish.
Today’s school lunch: bread, fried ham/luncheon loaf, cabbage with a yakisoba sauce, and potato egg drop soup.
I put the ham into the bread and made a sandwich. Yummy.
Today’s school lunch: rice, sesame-battered fried smelts, tteok and smoked ham soup, and daikon, tofu, and hijiki stir-fry.
Today’s school lunch: hayashi rice, and blanched burdock, chicken, and asparagus with mayo.
Today’s school lunch: rice, mabo tofu, pickled cucumber with cuttlefish with a slight sesame oil sauce, and kashiwamochi (rice cake wrapped in an oak leaf).
Teacher A came into the room, got his lunch, but just stood there staring at Teacher B. We were wondering what was going on. Teacher A then looked at his plate of pickles. So Teacher B took Teacher A’s plate of pickles off his tray. Teacher A then said “Oh?! You want that? Please help yourself!” with a big smile on his face. And then left the lunch room without his plate of pickles.