27 (Tue) September 2016
at National Institute of Public Health
with meeting participants
For lunch in the NIPH cafeteria today, one of the offered items was billed as a Korean soup. Turned out that “gu ba” was “guk bap (국밥),” the spelling a reflection of the Japanese linguistic tendency of dropping the final consonant of any syllable.
The dish was excellent. Somewhere between kimchi guk and galbi tang : hearty with a bit of spice, well balanced, well seasoned. I could eat this every day of the week, twice on Sundays. Perpetually amazed at how the Japanese, even at a public cafeteria of a government agency in a sleepy suburb, are always so good at getting food so right.
Japan is now the 14th country and Wakoshi is the 25th city outside of Korea where I’ve eaten Korean food in a restaurant (cafeteria, close enough) (roughly in order of experience) :
- USA : 01.01 Silicon Valley (San Jose, Santa Clara, etc.) CA; 01.02 New York NY; 01.03 Boston MA; 01.04 Northern Virginia VA; 01.05 East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, etc.) CA; 01.06 Los Angeles CA; 01.07 San Francisco CA; 01.08 San Diego CA; 01.12 Chicago IL; 01.13 Washington DC; 01.23 Guam (6.283 The Boss’s Beefy Birthday Bash)
- THA : 02.09 Bangkok; 02.10 Pattaya
- CHE : 03.11 Geneva
- GBR : 04.14 London
- CHN : 05.15 Beijing
- KHM : 06.16 Phnom Penh (3.269 Fried Beef with Red Ants)
- LAO : 07.17 Vientiane (3.272 Pho Ga)
- PHL : 08.18 Metro Manila (5.005 Ki for Ki)
- FJI : 09.19 Suva (5.178 Bibimbab)
- PNG : 10.20 Port Moresby (5.276 Spicy Chicken Muchim)
- RUS : 11.20 Moscow (5.286 Chili Mango Prawns…)
- AUS : 12.21 Melbourne (5.342 Crocodile Meat…)
- MYS : 13.24 Kuala Lumpur (6.333 Jacked — Three Ways)
- JPN : 14.25 Wakoshi
Mission to Japan, Day 3 (see previously 7.265 Negibasashi Maki).
In Tokyo. Here to attend/facilitate a workshop on childhood obesity, Tuesday thru Friday. Arrived Sunday morning. Flying back to Manila on Saturday.
I would get so fat — noting that I am already well within the obese BMI range — if I were to live in Japan, surrounded by so much food that’s low in calories, sugar, fat, and salt, high in nutritive value.