It's going to be another typical winter day out there with a daytime high of around 10C, but it'll be chilly on my way to and from work as the overnight low is expected to be around 1C. Tomorrow will start out rainy, but should stop raining around lunchtime. Monday and the rest of next week is looking like it did last week.
Growing up in Canada, I didn't eat much rice. We had it once in a blue moon and I wasn't a big fan of it. Then I came to Japan and realized that I LOVE rice!
The rice here is plump, sweet and delicious and comes in a dizzying variety of types and dishes. Every locale seems to have its own special brand of rice and then there’s the question of how much to mill it and how best to prepare it. Far from a bland staple, it’s the complex and culturally significant glue that holds traditional Japanese cuisine together.
Having said that though, I’m more than satisfied with one bowl of rice per meal, unlike some guy on Twitter, who decided to make an entire meal of rice dishes.
That’s a lot of white rice, folks. Let’s break it down a bit.
From the top left, clockwise, we have a salted rice ball, rice porridge, vinegared rice, mochi rice, rice in water for a “soup”, white rice as the main dish, and, for the coup de grace, uncooked rice for chopstick practice.
This passion for the national food seems to have struck a chord with other Japanese Internet users. At the time of writing, the picture has been retweeted nearly 16,000 times and was picked up by several Japanese language media outlets. While many commentators expressed surprise over the guy's, um, single-minded gustatory choices, many others thought the meal looked quite tempting.
He responded, “For people like me who eat three bowls of rice with a meal, I have made the perfect meal to surround yourself with the deliciousness of rice.”
That’s back-to-basics cooking at its purest. I'm just hoping the menu the following day was high in fiber...ha ha!
Does it look tempting to you? I thought I loved rice, but after seeing that picture, I realized that I might not like it nearly as much as some people. Do some people really eat 3 bowls of rice with their meal?! I think I'd die! Ha ha!