Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Hot Soba with Duck and Long Onion, page 322
Yoi otoshiwo! (Have a nice year-passing!) only a little late
for New Year’s Eve.
We were planning to eat this at midnight as the year changed. On New Year’s Eve in Japan, people traditionally eat toshikoshi soba noodles. “Toshikoshi” means end of the old year crossing to the new year. Eating noodles on New Year’s will bring longevity, a life as long as noodles. We fell asleep. Guess we had an exciting holiday. So we ate our lucky noodles at 12 noon instead of 12 midnight.
I remember my brothers hunting ducks, and sometimes those ducks tasted really awful. Fishy. I used to think I did not like duck, but duck tastes like chicken flavored with beef. MMMM
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