スーパーに行こう!

^ Let’s go to the store!

(literally: the supermarket–pronouced suupaa)

Here are some cute items at the grocery store.

my favorite:

they come up with the most interesting names for things here..

they come up with the most interesting names for things here..

really, why call an icecream bar parm?

really, why call an icecream bar parm?

hmm i wonder what it looks like...very secretive packaging

hmm i wonder what it looks like...very secretive packaging

bread is sold by the half-loaf

bread is sold by the half-loaf

a wall of miso

a wall of miso

these are like drinkable jello with vitamins. the bottled multi-vitamins below are 1700yen (~$17)

these are like drinkable jello with vitamins. the bottled multi-vitamins below are 1700yen (~$17)

no gallons of milk here. this is as big as it gets.

no gallons of milk here. this is as big as it gets.

hahahahaha

hahahahaha

my thai friend supasana (or, L. Ploy or just AL) with her kinako and extra calcium drinking yogurt

my thai friend supasana (or, L. Ploy or just AL) with her kinako and extra calcium drinking yogurt

this is michelle. her japanese middle name is momoko with means "peach girl." hehe cute huh?

this is michelle. her japanese middle name is momoko with means"peach girl." hehehe

you bag your own groceries here. no shopping carts either, only baskets

you bag your own groceries here. no shopping carts either, only baskets

all for under 1700yen (~17$)!!

all for under 1700yen (~17$)!!

shopping for one: raisins, seaweed, milk, a bag with 12 different varieties of miso soup, allbran cereal, and kabocha (japanese pumpkin).

From the kabocha I made a soup which tasted pretty good (yeah, I’m bragging). Here is my invented recipe – try it! You can find kabocha in the US easily too.

I sauteed half an onion in oil with a pinch of brown sugar, then added half of a kabocha (chopped into 1-inch pieces). I let these heat up a little then added about 1.5 cups of water. Next I put in about two teaspoons each of Mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine), and soysauce, and then about 1/4 c. of brown sugar (or just add it to taste, I like pumpkin soup to be sweet). Then I just let those simmer and when the kabocha was soft enough I sort of mashed it up (I don’t have any kind of blender). Simple, huh? Try it! Oh yeah, and this makes about two servings – unless you’re hungry!

One response to “スーパーに行こう!

  1. I love the smaller portion sizes,
    like milk and bread.
    It’s especially helpful when your “family size” is small,
    although my host family was 5 (and sometimes 8, if my brothers were there!) so we didn’t have to worry about that!

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