Real Convenience at a Convenience Store
Before our train ride from Tokyo to Osaka, 80 and I went to am pm (convenience store) to stock up on some snacks. I bought this, thinking it was a hard boiled egg, but also slightly hoping it was gushy in the middle, a la the picture.
So after I ate my little rice triangle thing (also bought at am pm), which is sticky rice, formed into a triangle, topped with a cooked piece of salmon and tied together with seaweed, I pulled out my egg. It was rock hard and I was scared. I didn’t want raw egg to get everywhere so I placed it back into its package, waiting to explore it in a safer environment.
It made sense that it was a raw egg. Lots of places in Japan serve hot rice dishes with a raw egg on the side. The customer cracks it into the rice and the heat from the grains melts the egg, leaving a moist coating over the egg and its toppings (usually thinly sliced beef.)
I was pisted I didn’t buy the accompanying rice bowl to properly use the egg.
The egg stayed in our mini-fridge until our train ride back to Tokyo station, to connect to the train to the airport, to connect to the flight to Seoul. Right before we left I brought the egg to the bathroom sink.
I cracked the egg into its container. And it came out medium boiled! Woohoo! There was a fishy sauce packet that came with, so I poured it on top and wrapped it back up. While on the train I dug into the egg, letting the slightly cooked yolk release from its white holding. It wasn’t gushy, but it was soft and creamy, contrasting rightly with the tangy fishiness of the sauce.
And this was all from the convenience store!