Posted on: 03.01.2016
Literally translated, Teishoku means “set meal.” Teishoku lunch sets are a traditional, nostalgic, meals served in households across Japan. These type of meals evolved from the Ichiju-Issai meals that consisted of rice, pickled vegetables, soup and a simple main dish. Ichiju-Issai was originally a staple in Zen temples.
Today’s Teishoku sets are made to be economical. For that reason, they’re typically found in smaller mom-and-pop restaurants close to universities, neighborhoods that are made up with a high proportion of budget-conscious residents, or even in areas where a high number of working professionals gather.
Teishoku meals can come with a variety of ingredients. In fact, it’s not unusual to find a broad selection of items to choose from. Things like:
> Grilled meats, seafoods or veggies
> Deep fried items
> Noodle-centric items
> Sushi or Sashimi
Grilled items are usually meat, such as beef or chicken. Deep fried items range from meat, often chicken, to pork, or even fish & vegetables. A broiled item might be salmon broiled in soy sauce. The typical noodle-centric set consists of Ramen or Udon.
While the ingredients in a Teishoku sets can change, they are always served the same way—with all the meal’s dishes together. When you order a Teishoku meal, you will get your main dish, a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup. Occasionally, you will also get a small sweet dish.
Anyone in Gainesville who is looking for an easy, budget-conscious meal that is both filling and traditional should consider ordering a Teishoku set. You’ll get a great meal at a great price!