Friday, December 11, 2009

Bento on Bus4You


Bento is a Japanese lunch box. We bought our own in Göteborg, and tucked into it with chopsticks, when cruising on Bus4You back to Oslo. My goodness how different to a Scandinavian style lunch.

I've gone through a gradual culinary awakening to sushi. When I started, I was at best indifferent to these strange bits of raw seafood, and the flaming hot green wasabi. Now, however, sushi has become one of the best foods I know - a real treat!. Having a great sushi restaurant as neighbour has made it more and more an option when returning home after a hard day's work.

As I and Enjoy Food & Travel co-writer Susanne Koch entered the bus from Göteborg to Oslo, we were carrying a box of sushi each. On board we braced ourselves to eat our lunch from our Styrofoam bento.

Our box consisted of Nigirizushi (握り寿司, or hand-formed sushi) made with prawns, salmon, tuna, and a strange variety with fried eggs and Makizushi (巻寿司, or rolled sushi), i.e. salmon and cucumber in rice wrapped in nori, a small container soy sauce, pickled ginger and a decent heap of burning hot wasabi.

Sitting in a bus, with two chopsticks, trying to manage these bits, was certainly a challenge, but I discovered that this was high class sushi.

So this will certainly not be the last time I eat sushi in a bus.

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