My husband and I love to go out to Japanese restaurants and we usually bring our toddler. Typically there aren’t kids’ menus at these restaurants, which also equates to no cups with lids, no bendy straws and no small spoons. We’ve adapted and bring supplemental food and his own sippy cup and silverware.
A couple of months ago Little Mister was sick and we ordered take out from a Chinese/Japanese restaurant and decided to get him a broth-like soup — Miso did the trick. He gobbled it up. I’d forgotten that he liked it so much — until last night when we decided to give it a try again at our favorite sushi restaurant. The soup came to the table, but was a bit hot. Little Mister didn’t want to wait for it to cool down and our waitress noticed. She suggested we add sushi rice to the soup. She said kids normally like it and it tends to cool the soup down. Well, he loved it. Every bit of it. We’ll definitely try this trick again.
(Photo courtesy and copyright Setsuko Yoshizuka, About.com Guide to Japanese Cuisine)