Elementary School Lunch: 01/14- Totally Not Egg Soup

Food, JapanKristina PinoComment

I was kind of confused with our lunch today, hah. On the menu, it says "damako-jiru," which is only two letters away from tamago-jiru (this makes more sense if you understand Japanese script, but the difference between those two letters is inclusion or lack of two little quotation mark-looking things, like this: だ vs た), and the way I originally mis-read it means egg soup. Actually, it was damako: mashed rice that gets formed into a sort of egg shape. It's this mushy, sticky ball that retains its shape in the hot soup.

Since we're talking about the soup, I'll lead off with that. It also had some spring onion, bits of chicken, tofu, shiitake mushroom, buna-shimeji mushroom, carrot, fried tofu, and spinach. As for the side plate, it had some fried smelt, and kinpira. Kinpira is a basic style of cooking vegetables: sauté or stir-fry, and then simmer. I usually eat it cold. Today, ours had lotus root, carrot, burdock root, konjac, deep-fried fish cake, and sesame seeds. The red bentou back there is our usual portion of rice.

Calorie count: 672