「ジュー、プシーッ」 (Juu, Pushii)
I love seafood – all types of seafood. From all types of fish to shellfish to seaweed and prepared in all ways; whether that’s steamed, fried, boiled or just plain raw. I sound like a carnivore. I would love an episode where Koufuku Graffiti focuses on sushi or sashimi, but I guess that’s not considered everyday Japanese dining. I’ve never been to Japan, but I hear that great sushi there can be expensive and more “luxury”. Where I live, sushi/sashimi places are everywhere and if I wanted to, I could eat it every day for a fairly reasonable price. All-you-can-eat restaurants price you around $20 USD for dinner and it comes with a large menu size, dessert, drinks and it’s worth it if you eat a lot. A-la-carte will probably charge you between $10-20 USD depending on what you order, but definitely affordable for a meal out and personally, I probably go once a week. Anyway! I mention this because “grilled fish” is not as common here compared to sushi, sashimi and terikyaki-style foods. There are restaurants that serve it, but I don’t think people appreciate it because they’re giving you a WHOLE fish! Head, tail and all and it’s staring – just right at you. Compared to how Americans eat fish that’s just a fillet cut up and cooked, it’s quite a different experience. If I wanted to get grilled saba or sanma here, I’d have to go out of my way to find it. Not to mention that a well-prepared sanma is hard to find. Saba (mackerel in English) is definitely more common, but even so, it has delicate bones and can be quite fishy in taste. Sanma (mackerel pike) is worse – it’s thinner, with smaller bones and you have to be careful not to swallow them. If you haven’t had either of them before, I definitely recommend the saba first; which is also common to eat as sashimi. Sanma is exactly what they’re serving on Koufuku Graffiti and usually seasoned lightly with salt and lemon… I love the crispiness of the skin and the texture works well with rice. Served with some salad or pickled cucumbers, and I think it’s a well-balanced light meal.
Away from the food itself, I was pleased to see an episode that didn’t feature Ryou cooking, but Kirin instead. Way to go Shiina for encouraging Kirin to stop relying on Ryou and actually do something for herself! I’m not a huge fan of Kirin’s character because I find her lacking in maturity… compared to Ryou and Shiina at least (even though they’re the same age) so I’d like to see her grow up a bit being away from home every weekend. Then again, at her age, I don’t know if I’ve ever prepared raw fish before either so I can imagine why she’s nervous cutting it up for the first time. I think the simple notion of wanting to learn is already a huge step forward and she has some of the best teachers surrounding her. Unfortunately, Kirin is a still quite obnoxious to me in certain scenes, like her inability to clean up and breaking plates?! One of my biggest peeves is when people are bad house guests; I do not like people coming over and making a mess in my kitchen (or anywhere in my house). I rather cook for them, and that way, any mess that I make is my own and my guests can just chat and relax. Kirin still has a long way to go to be a great wife one day, but at her age, at least she’s trying.
With Ryou taking the backseat this week, I actually learned more about cooking from Tsuyuko than I have in previous episodes from Ryou. Although it’s still not a “teaching” anime, I think the show would gain more audience members if they explained the techniques used or what they’re actually preparing. Preparing fish is indeed difficult and if anyone’s tried it at home, depending on the fish you’re cooking, it can be easily overdone, not seasoned enough or not thoroughly cooked. I know Koufuku Graffiti is an anime more about the eating and enjoyment of food rather than the cooking process, but I think it’s an important step too if you’re homecooking. Getting to eat food that you’ve created is part of the experience of “homecooking” and you get a satisfying feeling knowing that what you made is tastes good.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: It’s great to see Kirin doing the cooking this time. She needs to learn to be more independent & cook for herself #koufukug #KoufukuGraffiti