Japanese School Lunch Noodles So Deep Fried Kids and Teachers Breach Their Teeth and Go to Hospital


Beneath these vegetables hides a mass of crispy nightmares.

Japanese schools are well known for providing healthy and balanced lunches for students, especially compared to some other countries where fries and pizza are the norm at lunchtime.

But despite their excellent record, from time to time there will be a to glide. This is what happened on March 11 at Asaka Daigo Primary School in Asaka City, Saitama Prefecture.

Seven people, a teacher and six students, ended up with chipped teeth after eating school lunch, and three of the children had to go to the hospital. The cause of their injuries: the noodles were fried too hard.

Not the sensei you want to see after lunch.

The meal in question was sara udon (“Udon plate”), a Nagasaki dish that puts cooked vegetables and meat on fried noodles. Unlike other udon dishes, noodles are meant to be crispy rather than soft and chewy.

â–¼ Watch 3:18 in this video to see the toppings
put on fried and crispy noodles.

Apparently what went wrong was the cooking time of the noodles. Instead of being fried for two to three minutes as it should, they were fried for ten minutes, making them extremely hard. The staff who prepared the food on site at the school did not have instructions for the correct cooking time and chose to fry it longer because “it didn’t look like it was finished yet.”

In addition, the day before, sixth grade children received donuts that had expired a year ago, due to a delivery error.

The school’s catering service said it was taking action to prevent this from happening again, but Japanese Internet users had many pressing concerns:

“Children are told to eat everything, so they did it, even though it hurt them. “
“They’re supposed to eat quietly too, so they couldn’t even ask for help.”
“Awful, imagine them forcing themselves to eat something so hard.”
“And donuts too… what’s going on there?” “
“I can’t believe the professor broke his tooth too.”

Although we don’t know the details of what happened with the teacher, it was probably expected that they would act as a good role model for the children and eat their meal no matter what, so that the children also eat theirs. Normally that’s not a bad idea, but unfortunately it has had some unfortunate consequences here.

First grade kids aren’t allowed to wear underwear during gym class, now this? It’s only a matter of time before something really weird happens, like a teacher stealing students’ right-footed shoes from their lockers.

Source: NHK via Hachima Kiko
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