何が料理しますか。

29 Sep

The title of this post means “what do you cook?” and that is a very good question.  I’m staying in the dormitories at JCMU in Hikone, Japan so I’m required to make my own meals every day.  We generally go out to eat once every two or three days, but otherwise I’m left to my own devices.  Now, my knowledge of Japanese cooking is next to nothing; but thankfully I brought along an English-language Japanese cookbook which has been giving me various ideas. First, I must admit that I’ve been eating an unhealthy amount of gyoza which are fried wonton wrappers filled with pork and cabbage.  You can get an entire package for 100 yen at the local grocery store and they take less than two minutes to cook. Cheap and easy are necessities when it comes to college students.  When I feel the need to be more adventurous (or rather, when I run out of gyoza), I generally cook some sort of vegetable and meat stirfry and white rice, thankfully our kitchen came with its own rice cooker.  Otherwise, I’ve been rather disappointed by the high cost of fruit and vegetables so I’ve been eating them only sparingly.  However, sushi is ridiculously cheap here, of course, so after a few Japanese friends taught us how to make temaki, I’ve been trying my hand at it (if you know Japanese, you should appreciate that joke).  The only noodle dish I’ve attempted making so far is yakisoba, which has turned out surprisingly well.  I’ve eaten ramen and udon at various restaurants around town, but I haven’t tried making any of my own yet.  By far my favorite dish, however, is maguro (tuna) sushi. Although a dish I made the other day consisting of Japanese pumpkin, ham, onion, soy sauce, and mirin is a close second.  Despite all this delicious food, I still find myself craving things like guacamole and I hope to find a place that sells fresh cilantro somewhere in Hikone.

6 Responses to “何が料理しますか。”

  1. Tia Monday, 29 September 2008 at 6:21 am #

    Maybe when you get back to Michigan you try some of your new cooking on us. I am ready.

  2. Yu Sunday, 26 October 2008 at 5:12 am #

    السلام عليكم
    Hello.
    I found your blog when I was searching keywords on Arabic.
    I was surprised that American who learning Arabic stays in Hikone.
    I am a Japanese living in Tokyo and graduated from Kyoto University. So I know well about Hikone and Osaka!
    Add to that, now I am learning Arabic. It’s an amazing language.
    I’m just a beginner and have not so much time to learn because I have a job. But I enjoy learning after my working time every day.
    I’m very happy to know guy like you!
    Thank you and sorry for my bad English.

  3. Michelle Tuesday, 18 November 2008 at 12:19 am #

    ماسلام
    Thanks for leaving a comment, Yu. It’s great to realize that there are other people doing similar things. I appreciate knowing that you’ve read my blog and enjoyed it.

  4. Aimster Monday, 16 March 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    Hello~
    It’s me again!
    I was wondering, so is it not guaranteed that our kitchen comes with a rice cooker?
    Actually, I was honestly hoping that you could give me some tips on what to bring for cooking.
    Sorry for all the questions. x]
    Thanksss~

  5. Michelle Friday, 20 March 2009 at 1:43 am #

    I’m pretty sure that all the dorms come with a rice cooker. Also, they have basic pots and pans and kitchen utensils so unless you like cooking something with specific utensil requirements, you should be fine. And you can get a lot of stuff at the local dollar store equivalent so I wouldn’t bother bringing anything.

  6. Aimster Saturday, 21 March 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    That’s good to know. Thanks a bunch!

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