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Lunch Box 311: There's a monster in my lunch

 
   
 

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Doesn't it bug you when people watch you eat? This lunch started innocently enough with carrot noodles with vegetables and seafood medley - in other words, yakisoba but with carrot noodles instead of soba. There's some foresty-looking steamed broccoli behind the noodle fry and, in front, flavored lotus slices that look kind of like flowers or something else that's vegetation-y. A pair of quail eggs and some yakisoba sauce, and now my lunch is glaring back at me. Yikes.

The other side is safer-looking. What could be more peaceful than fruit salad with apple, grapefruit, and kiwi fruit? Takenoko no sato (chocolate-covered bamboo-shoot-shaped cookies) and sesame-seed-covered mochi are also noted for their pacifism.

An aside: The noodle stir-fry includes lotus rootlets, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, scallions, cabbage, broccoli, bamboo shoots, shrimp, squid, octopus, crab sticks, and mussels. I wasn't in a mood to go halfway! The lotus slices are flavored with leftover niku-jyaga juice.

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