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Elementary School Lunch: 03/06 - Mapo Doufu

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Friday's lunch was Chinese style: mapo doufu, salad, and rice. The tofu had, besides ground pork and the usual spices (a little toned down for kids, but the same core flavor nonetheless), onion, scallions, shiitake mushroom, carrot, and nira. The salad was radish, bean sprouts, seaweed, and carrot, just seasoned in the kitchen. If there's one thing that I didn't like about the meal is that there wasn't nearly enough mapo doufu - I couldn't get seconds! Hah.

Calorie count: 659

Elementary School Lunch: 02/19 - Chinese New Year

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Today's lunch was Chinese-style food in honor of the lunar new year. It isn't necessarily celebrated in Japan, though a few other events on the lunar calendar are. Nonetheless, it was delicious and appreciated.

Today's main item was some Okowa, which is a mixed rice. Today, it had shiitake mushroom, edamame, bits of chicken, bamboo, cloud ear fungus, and carrot. On the side, we had a salad that was mostly radish and bean sprouts, with a bit of spinach, ham, and a Chinese-style dressing, which sat next to a Spring roll (veggie filling). Today was one of those rare two-item trays because of the main being a mixed rice. Usually, we have what, 3-4 things on our tray? Some days even 5! So yeah, it's weird seeing it so empty. But you can take my word for it when I say that this was super filling on its own.

Calorie count: 658

Elementary School Lunch: 02/04 - Not Actually Tofu

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Today was another nice, sunny day, so I was pretty glad to get a fresh-tasting Chinese-style lunch with a frosty dessert. Our timing has been pretty good, and tomorrow we're getting a stew sort of lunch and there's snow on the radar, so it looks like our streak will continue.

Today we had one of our Chinese-style bowls of stewed veggies and seafood, which comprised quail eggs, shrimp, squid, snap peas, napa cabbage, bamboo, cloud ear fungus, shiitake mushroom, scallops, carrot, taro root, and onion. Loads of great stuff in there. Our salad was just some cabbage, bean sprouts, and bits of chicken with a veggie dressing, and our dessert was annin tofu, which is not actually tofu at all - it just kinda looks like it. Its ingredients are agar and almond, and probably sugar, with the consistency of a jelly (jelly as in gelatin). It had been frozen, so it was nice and frosty by the time we ate.

Calorie count: 652

Elementary School Lunch: 1/15 - Rainy Day Noodle Soup

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It isn't quite cold enough for snow during the day yet, so it rained most of today (and still continues to as I write this in the evening). There's nothing better on these cold, rainy days than a nice, hot bowl of soup full of great flavor and veg. Today's lunch was tantan-men, which is traditionally a little spicy but because we're feeding children as young as 6, this was a milder version. Inside the soup, I spotted scallions, bean sprouts, carrot, spinach, shiitake mushroom, onion, and ground pork.

On the side, we had a radish and bean sprouts namul, which had some seaweed mixed in and lots of sesame seeds. We were also served some fried shumai (dumplings), which had shrimp as the main ingredient in the filling.

Filling and perfect. Nice blend of Chinese and Korean foods.

Calorie count: 649

Elementary School Lunch: 12/18 - 12/19 - End of Second Term

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These two days marked the end of my teaching days for the second term of this school year. I still have to go in on Monday and I've got the closing ceremony on Wednesday, but I won't be teaching - just preparing for next term and whatever else. It's crazy how quickly time is flying by this year...

Thursday (12/18): noodle day! We had Kanton-men, a veggie spring roll, and some namul. The namul or salad had mostly spinach, but also bean sprouts, cucumber, and carrot. As for the soup our noodles were to be dipped in, it had shrimp, squid, and pork, as well as well as onion, carrot, Chinese cabbage, and cloud ear fungus. The spring roll had cabbage, onion, carrot, and bamboo. 

Great meal - I liked the flavor of the broth. Bonus shot of that from Instagram.

Calorie count: 612

Friday (12/19): Fish, salad, and a houtou soup. The houtou are those noodle-looking things in there, which had the floppiness and consistency of wonton but are actually udon noodles that are flat and wide. It's a specialty of Yamanashi prefecture, and it had some other good stuff in there like miso, pumpkin, onion, Chinese cabbage, shiitake and shimeji mushroom, and bits of chicken. The salad was one of our regular cabbage with carrot and spinach deals, and the seasoning was mixed with ginger.

Great end to the week. Bonus shot of the soup from Instagram.

Calorie count: 680

Elementary School Lunch: 12/05 - Tofu and Spring Rain

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We had a solid end-of-week lunch with some Chinese-style food today. One of those tofu and veggie bowls accompanied by a "spring rain" salad, and rice. The bowl had some Chinese cabbage, tofu, bamboo, carrot, onion, and bits of pork. As for the salad, it was cellophane noodles (or glass noodles) with ham, spinach, bean sprouts, and carrot. One of my favorites.

Bonus shot from Instagram.

Calorie count: 679

Elementary School Lunch: 11/10 - 11/11 - Penne and Tofu

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Yesterday being the first Monday of the month, I had a busy afternoon and thus not as much time to blog as usual. Sorry about that! But here's yesterday's awesome lunch, followed by today's equally awesome lunch.

Monday: cocoa bread, cheese omelet, penne pasta, and veggie soup.

The pasta, of course, wasn't just noodles in tomato sauce; it also had some onions and minced pork. The soup was loaded with great stuff, too: sausage, onion, spinach, carrot, garlic, potato, and parsley.

Bonus shot of the soup on Instagram.

Calorie count: 663

Tuesday: marble tofu, rice, and salad.

Today we had a Chinese-style lunch. The marble tofu is one of my favorites: tofu, pork, ginger, garlic, onion (regular and green), shiitake mushroom, carrot, and Chinese chives. As for the salad it was just cellophane noodles with spinach, cucumber, carrot, ham, bean sprouts, and sesame seeds. No other side dish was necessary outside of rice.

Calorie count: 678

Elementary School Lunch: 10/04 - So Much Veg

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A bunch of my co-workers were out today because of... I don't even know what. Something with the board of education. So there were hardly any teachers left to eat in the staff room, which meant we had a lot more extra food than usual. I had two helpings of today's salad, which was rather good.

Today's meal was Chinese-style. We had one of our saucy and delicious bowls of veggies and stuff, some salad with cellophane noodles and bean sprouts, and rice. The bowl also had some shrimp and squid in it, apart from peas, bamboo, carrot, onion, quail eggs, bits of pork, and cabbage. The salad had cucumber and spinach apart from the aforementioned bean sprouts and cellophane noodles, and bits of ham.

Great end to the week.

Calorie count: 646