Am trying to make a point of only posting lunches that are different from the ones already covered, and, after nearly a months absence, yesterday’s fitted the bill!
Clockwise from the hakkonyu:
- The hakko what?! Yes, in a rare break from the norm we weren’t given milk, but something that they call “boxed milk” (hakko is “box”, nyu is “milk”). It is some kind of thick sour milk drink which is disgusting, and in another break from the norm (the first time I have ever done this with any part of my school lunch), I didn’t drink it. This caused some surprise, and utterances in Japanese about the foreigner who didn’t like the sour milk.
- A packet of five small nori sheets. Nori is the dried seaweed used to make sushi rolls.
- Asukajiro – a mild miso soup with tofu, pork and potatoes.
- Rice with pickled something (yep – still haven’t got that menu yet!)
- Tuna that has been simmered with sweetened soya sauce and ginger.
You make your own rolls by putting rice, pickles and tuna on the nori and rolling it up.
Rating: 4/5 (would have scored higher if it weren’t for that pesky hakkonyu!)
[Edit: Thank you to Nagoyan, who commented below to say that hakkou isn’t a box (in fact it seems that hako is) and actually means “fermentation” – thanks for the correction!]