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Elementary School Lunch: 10/25 - natto

Food, JapanKristina PinoComment

I had my first natto (fermented soybeans) experience today! It... wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. But I wouldn't go out of my way to eat 'em again. Haha.

Our main dish today was one of our meat and veggie bowls, which was great as usual. It had some onions, potatoes, edamame, konjac, mushroom, carrots, and other goodies. The side salad was seasoned in-house and was just plain greens. The natto is in the little cup on the side, there, and we also had some rice.

The natto came with two little packets of seasonings: a little soy sauce, and a little spicy mustard. When it came to masking the smell and such of the natto, the mustard helped quite a bit. The worst part of the stuff is really how slimy and sticky it is. A lot of my students were mixing it in with the rice, but really then you've just got a mess of sticky, slimy rice. The taste isn't bad, it's just that they smell. So my advice to you: hold your breath while eating natto.

Calorie count: 672