And the Wish Dish For Our Canteen Is? Katsudon!

Katsudon (Image: Tabelog)

GOOD morning Ms —, good morning everyone, 

Today, I’d like to propose a brand new dish for our canteen. Let’s call it our spotlight dish, a dish I like to think all of us would enjoy. It’s an idea for Auntie Ling, the stall owner of Oishii, the most popular stall in our canteen, serving up wonderful Japanese food for five years now. We’d love her to introduce this one iconic Japanese rice dish. It’s called katsudon.

Now, I’m sure we’re all familiar with it. But I get the strange feeling that some parents and teachers may not approve. Why? It’s deep fried, fried to a decadent golden crisp.

But life gets dreary when we don’t eat happily. And katsudon is just one of those dishes synonymous with happiness. It’s breaded fried pork, sitting on a warm bed of Japanese rice, then topped with a sweet and savory onion and egg sauce, and garnished with slivers of roasted seaweed. It’s a one-bowl meal of utter joy!

You may argue it’s not healthy, but there’s the onion sauce. Onions are fiber-rich, filled with folic acid, and a B vitamin that helps the body make healthy new cells. If you still find the whole business of a deep-fried dish too distressing, I’ve got a solution. Serve this dish once a week, on a Wednesday. Make it a Treat Day, a Katsudon Day. After all, Auntie Ling’s menus are crafted this way, a special for each day: Curry Udon on Tuesdays, for instance. 

Why Wednesdays? It’s mid-week, it’s the longest day of the week, it’s our RS* Day and school ends at two-thirty for everyone. If we make Wednesday Katsudon Day, it’ll cheer us up. School, after all, can be quite stressful. But let’s put stress aside.

I want to share with you a piece of Japanese trivia concerning our spotlight dish. Japanese students like to tuck into a katsudon the day before an exam because the word katsu is a homophone of the verb katsu, which means “to win.”

Now, who doesn’t want to win? Who doesn’t want to do well for their exams? And who doesn’t want to have their food selling like hotcakes?

Have a break, have a katsudon!

(374 words, approximately 2½ minutes talk-time)

Becky Lai, Secondary Two
May 2017

For more essays by Becky, visit Becky Writes

This speech was written in response to the question:
Propose a dish you would like to introduce to the school canteen and share why.

*RS stands for Research Studies in Becky’s school.


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