Pop quiz, hotshot: What tastes bland, looks disgusting, and likely to induce vomiting? If you guessed hospital food, that’s correct! While I’ve never had to personally stay in a hospital, the bad reputation of North American hospital food is no secret.
If you’ve ever spent one or more days in the hospital and ate hospital meals, how was your experience? One woman in Japan photographed her hospital meals after giving birth and they look tastier than a fancy meal at a restaurant. In fact, the meals look so delicious that one commenter wrote, “I wanna give birth in Japan. And I am a 60-year-old man….”. I have to agree with his comment and I’m sure a lot of women AND men agree.
1) Japanese hospital food: Camembert and raisins, roast beef, mashed potatoes, kabocha, lotus root with gravy, corn soup, rice, salad, tiramisu, fruit, orange juice, and green tea.
2) Baked fish, braised vegetables, nikujaga (meat and potatoes), cucumber and baby corn salad, rice, miso soup, and green tea.
3) Fried fish with tartar sauce, braised mountain potatoes, hijiki salad, spinach and carrot stir fry, rice, and green tea.
4) Mushroom pasta, potato salad, broccoli and bacon salad, chicken soup, fruit, bread, and green tea.
5) Sea bream, pasta salad, chicken meatballs, pickled daikon, rice, miso soup, chawanmushi, and green tea.
6) Salmon with mushroom sauce, soba noodles, rice, eggplant and beef, broccoli, and hijiki salad.
7) Cod, shredded cabbage salad, pasta salad, sweet potato and peas, rice, and green tea.
8) Mackerel, konbu salad, natto, spinach salad, miso soup, rice, milk, and green tea.
9) Salmon, tofu, spinach salad, natto, miso soup, rice, and milk.
10) Chicken with mushroom sauce, braised pumpkin and pork, daikon carrot salad, rice, miso soup, and chawanmushi.
11) Omuraisu, macaroni salad, chicken soup, squid rings, fruit, and green tea.
12) Chicken fingers with shredded cabbage salad, bitter melon stir fry, agedashi tofu, carrot salad, rice, and miso soup.
Similar to school lunches around the world, this photo series went viral too and hopefully should start a discussion about hospital food and ways of improving it. Please share this woman’s photos of hospital food she ate after giving birth in Japan with your family.