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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Cha Meshi

This time I was waiting for my train bound to Kikugawa City where I had a meeting at Agrigraph.
I had enough time left before boarding so I checked the ekiben on sale at the Tokaiten Booth.

Shizuoka Prefecture is “Green Tea Country” in Japan, and they have this regular all-year “Cha Meshi/Green Tea Rice Meal” ekiben at Shizuoka Station. Limited ekiben are great but the “regulars” are also a good indication of the local products available!

We shall see these ladies in the tea fields plucking the first leaves of the year very very soon!

Shizuoka Prefecture (with Yamanashi Prefecture) is also Mount Fuji Land (it is actually nicknamed such “Fuji no Kuni”). Can you see the symbol on the chopsticks wrapper?

A very detailed label as usual!

Now, what do we have in there?

Cha meshi/rice steamed in Shizuoka Green Tea!
And a small umeboshi/pickled Japanese plum to help with digestion!

From bottom up left to right:
Mini tomato, deep-fried prawn, Maguro kakuni/simmered tuna ( a Shizuoka specialty).
Tamagoyak/Japanese omelette, teriyaki chicken.
Kamaboko (steamed Japanese fish paste).

From bottom up, left to right:
Grilled mackerel, a small pot of wasabizuke/wasabi pickles, a small soy sauce bottle, boiled vegetables and others: carrot, lotus root, burdock root, chikuwa (fish paste tube) and green stringbeans.
Takuan/pickled daikon

The contents of the little pot is wasabizuke/wasabi leaves and stems pickled in Japanese sake white lees. Great seasoning for the rice. The soy sauce completes the whole!

See you next time!

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Suruga Komachi

On my way to Fujinomiya City yesterday, I took the opportunity to buy an “Ekiben/駅弁 or roughly translated a “Railway Station Bento” as I had little time to eat properly at home or at a restaurant!

Shizuoka Prefecture is a gold mine when it comes to Ekiben due to the larger than usual number of stations (I mean railway, not underground/subway as in Tokyo!). They are worth discovering as they are using mostly local ingredients.
The bentos available at Shizuoka Station are mainly prepared by Tokaiken Co.

Sorry for the fuzzy picture!
This ekiben is brand new as it was first put on sale yesterday, April 1st!
It is called “Suruga Komachi/駿河小町”. Suruga is thename of the vast bay off Shizuoka City.
It is limited to only 20 a day!

Contents, limit date, price and so on are always clearly indicated!

As you lift the lid you find that the food inside is protected with an extra piece of hard translucent paper!

Now, what did it contain?

From top. left to right
Tamagoyaki/Japanese omelette, sauteed salmon, a slice of yuzu/lime, kuro hanpen/dark sardine paste/isobe age/kind of tenpura, boiled shrimp, egg plant, pickled lotus root and wasabina ohitashi/pickled wasabina.

From bottom up:
Burdock root/gobo, Boiled string bean, boiled carrot, boiled taro/sato imo, flower-shaped tofu, tofu cake and boiled kabocha.

Plain boiled rice with umeboshi furikake.

And a small sachet of Shizuoka salt and wasabi powder for extra seasoning!

Will see you again on my next trip!

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Warren Bobrow, Bread + Butter, Zoy Zhang, Hungry Neko, Think Twice, Frank Fariello, Mangantayon, Hapabento, Elinluv Tidbit Corner, Tokyo Terrace, Maison de Christina, Chrys Niles,Lexi, Culinary Musings, Wheeling Gourmet, Comestiblog, Chronicles Of A Curious Cook, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Palate To Pen, Yellin Yakimono Gallery, Tokyo Terrace, Hilah Cooking, More than a Mount Full, Arkonite Bento, Happy Little Bento; 5 Star Foodie; Jefferson’s Table; Oyster Culture; Gourmet Fury; Island Vittles; Good Beer & Country Boys; Rubber Slippers In Italy; Color Food daidokoro/Osaka;/a; The Witchy Kitchen; Citron Et Vanille, Lunsj Med Buffet/Estonian Gastronomy (English), Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Chrisoscope, Agrigraph, The Agriculture Portal to shizuoka!

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