It was great that I had a chance to visit two GRIT! members’ houses.
Last month, I went to Kawasaki-san’s house with another GRIT! member, Ogura-san. We planned to cook lunch together including Vietnamese fried spring rolls, yakisoba and okonomiyaki. Sounds good already, right?^.^
My first time making spring rolls was quite successful so I was confident and attempted to do better this time. Thanks God it was much more delicious because of the soup. The mixture of sweet, sour and spicy tastes was better as I could get some tips from last time and to my surprise, all the spring rolls disappeared only within 10 minutes (^.^). Such a positive signal for my bright cooking future:)
Kawasaki-san was in charge of the yakisoba while her husband made okonomiyaki and they both did a really good job. We had so much fun cooking and eating altogether. Well, there is an undeniable truth that delicious foods always make people feel happy so… yeah, we were!^.^
After the meal came the interesting Chinese tea. At first, it was just a small dried flower but after about 5 minutes in hot water, it fully bloomed into a very big and beautiful one. Because of that, the tea did not only have a good taste and smell but also looked like a work of art!^.^
That wasn’t all. As Kawasaki-san knows I am a big fan of matcha, she made really nice matcha latte for me and even gave me some matcha powder to bring home (^.^). Arigatouuuu!
As the first visit was great, I was very happy when another GRIT! member, Oyama-san, asked me if I would like to come over to her house to talk with her children and make Takoyaki!^.^ This time I went alone but had no trouble getting to the correct train station. Oyama san picked me up at Inaei station and then we went to a supermarket. Guess what? I experienced purikura (Japanese selfie booth) again. With Oyama-san’s two daughters. One of them is 11 and the other is 14 but they are both professional at doing purikura, or at least better than me:) I always forgot to open my eyes (-.-).
When we got home, her children taught me to play a popular game for entertainment in Japan. In this game, you have to try to steal the bones from a bowl held by a dog without awakening it. If you are slow, the dog will wake up and bite you. Believe me although it’s just a toy dog, it looks very scary (and funny) when it bites:))
However, Oyama-san also has a real dog named Oto that is much much cuter despite the fact that it’s very energetic and naughty (^.^)
We continued to play one more game that I brought from home called “Exploding kittens” before cooking. Although the cards are in English and the rules are quite complicated at first (plus my limited Japanese:)), I was very surprised that Oyama-san and her daughters could understand it quickly just after 2 times playing. Actually they won a lot!^.^ I am so happy because they said the game was very interesting, even Oyama-san’s husband enjoyed it too and he was in deed the winner the 1st time he played (@@).
And here comes the Takoyaki!^.^ It was sooooo wonderful!!! We had a lot of different ingredients such as octopus, shrimps, fish eggs, sausages, mochi, cheese and kimchi to put inside. It was the first time I could join making and eat Takoyaki as many as I wanted so… no wonder why I felt extremely happy and satisfied like that:)
Although I was full after eating a lot of delicious Takoyaki, my stomach still had some space for Oyama-san’s daughter’s chocolate cake. Oh my goodness she made me feel ashamed about my cooking. The cake tasted as if it had been made by a professional baker, not by an 11-year-old girl (@@).
I was grateful for all the chances I have to enrich my internship here so I just want to send a big thank to them for treating me so well. Those times are surely treasured especially after I leave Japan in December.
Sincerely thank you all!