Elementary School Lunch: 12/09 - 12/10 - Do a Hand Roll

Food, JapanKristina PinoComment

Whoops, looks like I missed yesterday's post. This week has been pretty busy~

Yesterday's lunch was temaki-zushi, or hand-rolled sushi, which is a great DIY lunch. Our tray comprised a bentou with sushi rice, some tonjiru or pork soup, some nori seaweed paper, and a plate of things to stuff into our rolls (two strips of omelet, a wiener sausage, two strips of cabbage, and some salmon). Oh, and some plum sauce to spice things up a little.

From there, it's up to us to prepare and eat our sushi however we like. It's great, some of my students make huge over-stuffed rolls, some of them eat over the rice and then crunch on the seaweed paper like potato chips, and still others make careful little rolls with one filling item each. It's cool watching them have at it their way.

Bonus shot of the soup from Instagram.

Calorie count: 690

Today's lunch was simple but perfect, I think, for a busy day. Nikujyaga, or meat and potatoes, with some salad, rice, and natto (fermented soy beans). The meat and potatoes dish is really easy to make: I've started cooking it at home! It's filling: potatoes, pork, konjac, onion, edamame, carrot, and shiitake mushroom. As for the salad, it was the usual cabbage with spinach and carrot and from-scratch dressing. The natto came with some soy sauce and karashi (a spicy Japanese mustard) as mix-ins.

I didn't get any bonus shots of today's meal, but if you want to see one of my favorite natto pictures, you can. I won't stop ya.

Calorie count: 681