t all started when Imgur user Hahahah1111111 posted the following: "I recently gave birth in Japan. Here is some of the hospital food I ate." She then shared photos of all the meals she was served while recovering — and minds everywhere were understandably blown.
Especially those in the U.S., where hospital food isn't exactly known for its variety, flavor, or presentation. Apparently, things are a little different in Japan.
American hospital food generally leaves a lot to be desired.
Even if the food itself isn’t terrible, something about meals arriving in those plastic covered dishes is entirely unappealing. You never know what you’re gonna find when you lift the lid. Usually it’s all beige.
“Ooooh, what’s in this dish?”
“Oh. A damp sandwich. Yum.”
That's why we're all blown away by these photos of hospital meals from a maternity ward in Japan.
No damp sandwiches or jello in sight here. This meal includes mushroom pasta, potato salad, broccoli and bacon salad, chicken soup, fruit, bread, and green tea. And it’s all served in actual dishes (no disposable plastics in sight), making the patient feel more a person and less like a patient.
The main dish here is omuraisu, which we had to look up. It's a fried-rice omelet, people!
Rounding out the meal is macaroni salad, chicken soup, squid rings, fruit, and green tea. Let’s return to the idea of a fried-rice omelet for a moment, because that sounds amazing. How injured or sick does one have to be to get admitted to a hospital in Japan? Asking for a friend.
Another meal of lovely little plates full of lovely little foods. At this point we don't even care what the medical care is like in this hospital.
Here we have chicken fingers with shredded cabbage salad, bitter melon stir-fry, agedashi (fried) tofu, carrot salad, rice, and miso soup. We can’t tell what’s breakfast, what’s lunch, and what’s dinner. And, honestly, we wouldn’t recognize many of these foods — but it’s still better than day after day of graham crackers and peanut butter that recovering moms often live on in the U.S.
Keep in mind, Hahahah1111111 is a woman who just had a baby, not a professional food photographer.
For this meal, maybe lunch(?), she’s served salmon with mushroom sauce, soba noodles, rice, eggplant and beef, broccoli, and hijiki (seaweed) salad.
As imgur user crepsucule commented, “It’s almost like they understand how important nutrition is when you’re healing or sick….”
But the amazing meals didn’t end there…