Sunday, May 23, 2010

lunches

Sometimes I get cravings for inarizushi (cone sushi). I love the sweet/salty combination of the aburage (fried tofu pouches) that the seasoned rice is put into.

You can find many sozai (pre-made foods) on the food floor of any department store. But if you go into supermarkets, they also sell sozai, a little cheaper than department stores too.

For this particular lunch from the supermarket, I had inarizushi, some fried fish, seasoned asparagus and tea.

Actually, I bought double the amount so I could have this for lunch for two days. Another nice thing about buying sozai from a supermarket or sozai-ya (shop which sells only pre-made foods), is that you can get small or large portions.

Department stores do sell small portions but usually they start weighing their foods from 100 grams, and almost nothing is less than 300 yen/100 grams, whereas the sozai-ya in my shopping arcade sells some items for 98 yen/100 grams.

On another day, I made egg salad filling, a toasted piece of walnut raisin bread, some cornichon (small pickles) and leftover carrot salad with iced tea.

What have you been having for lunch?

15 comments:

K said...

Great photos! Yum, I love inarizushi also. I usually bring a lunch to work which is usually some combo of leftovers from the night before and/or little side dishes.

K and S said...

Sounds like you have some delicious lunches K :)

Take care.
Kat

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Oh, how I miss inarizushi! Once we get really settle in our new area, I'm going to have to look around for more Japanese shops. We've already gotten some appetizers from a Japanese restaurant called Mori but it was pretty expensive. A taste of Japan, though, which was nice and natsukashii.

Debinhawaii said...

Some good lunches you have been having. I have been eating salads and lots of leftovers--mostly fish this week. ;-)

K and S said...

If I am not mistaken Abigail, there is a Japanese market called Uwajimaya, where you can buy all sorts of ingredients, here is the link.

Take care.
Kat

jalna said...

I love how you plate your food so nicely! Makes it look even more oishiii!

K and S said...

Thank you Jalna :) I try!

Take care.
Kat

Jenster said...

My lunches have been mostly leftovers from dinner. I make extra big batches of dinner and, this way, my husband and I don't have to spend time and money buying lunch the next day. Plus, I prefer a home-cooked meal most of the time. So this past week for lunch I've had beef stew; Thai peanut spinach chicken with rice; etc., all dinner-type foods. I do enjoy a splurge now and then and pick up some nigiri sushi from a nearby supermarket that makes it fresh on the spot.

To Abigail: If you and your family are now in the Seattle area (which I assumed based on Kat's Uwajimaya link), please feel free to contact me at yim_nordquist@hotmail.com if you'd like a list of other places in town that sell Asian ingredients. There is actually a large Asian population here and a lot of neighborhood Asian supermarkets where the prices are way lower. Uwajimaya, however, was the pioneer of Asian stores here and still the best known to non-Asians.

K and S said...

Thanks Jenster, I hope Abigail contacts you. I wasn't sure of Uwajimaya's prices and it was the only store I knew about :) Your lunches sounds delicious and a great way to save $$.

Take care.
Kat

Rowena... said...

All so yummy! Lately, I've been cooking cuisine from Puglia (as if I couldn't get enough while I was there!). Now, the trick is to get the photos out of the camera and onto the blog....haha!....you know me and being busy with the garden!

K and S said...

I am wondering why your comment didn't show up Rowena, but I can see it on my side. Anyway, I hope you have some time to blog those Puglia dishes, sounds yummy!

Take care.
Kat

Rowena... said...

I've been having problems with blogger comments too...so I guess it's a worldwide issue!

K and S said...

So weird, the comment that didn't show up, showed up again to be moderated Rowena...

Take care.
Kat

Barbara said...

I love soup and a sandwich for lunch.

K and S said...

Sounds delicious Barbara, I should try making some cold soups for summer :)

Take care.
Kat