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Elementary School Lunch: 01/21 - Yurinchi, Sweet Yurinchi

Food, JapanKristina PinoComment

I like the word yurinchi, because it describes something delicious but sounds... well, at least to me, it doesn't sound like something appetizing. But it is! It's fried chicken with a sweet sauce. Super tasty. The sauce comprised spring onion, ginger, sesame oil, and vinegar cooked together.

On the same plate we had a "Chinese-style" salad, which was just some seasoned radish, bean sprouts, spinach, and cucumber. I had, like... three portions of that salad today. It's so simple, but I love the taste. I say stuff like "seasoned" or mixed with from-scratch dressing in the kitchen, but I don't think I've described it before. It's just a bunch of great flavors, like spicy mustard, vinegar, sesame oil, a little sugar to take the edge off, and ginger - stuff like that.

On the side, we had some rice in the usual bentou box and some clear soup which had carrot, onion, tofu, shiitake mushroom, water greens (potherb mustard or Japanese mustard, called mizuna), and some strips of kamaboko (processed fish cakes). It was spiked with plenty of pepper, which I loved.

Solid mid-week meal.

Calorie count: 659