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The athletes of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics they can enjoy a rich variety of dishes in the Olympic Village. The menu includes 700 food options in rotation, which include traditional world famous dishes of Japanese food; There are also options for other Asian as well as Western cuisines.
In the Olympic Village located on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, cafeterias have been set up, some of them open 24 hours a day, where athletes and technical personnel can enjoy their food. Due to the coronavirus measures, athletes cannot go to local restaurants. They are not allowed to move freely around the Japanese capital or other parts of Japan.
The food service arranged to feed the athletes contemplates serving up to 48 thousand meals a day. According to AFP, the main cafeteria has 3,000 seats and 2,000 employees at peak hours to meet everyone’s needs.
700 menu options
700 menu options will be offered in the main cafeteria. There are three main categories: Western food, Japanese food, and Asian food. in which it is included Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese food. There are also vegetarian food and food suitable for coeliacs.
At the Olympic Village, chefs prepare the world’s most popular casual Japanese food dishes such as the ramen (offered in soy sauce and miso) and sushi. Dishes including specialties like okonomiyaki, takoyaki and yakitori.
Okonomiyaki is a popular fried dish a kind of dough omelette made with eggs, flour, water, grated yams, and shredded cabbage. Toppings and ingredients are added and may vary. It is usually stuffed with octopus, shrimp, pork, yams, or kimchi.
Takoyaki are small dumplings stuffed with octopus that are bathed in a special sauce.
Yakitori are grilled chicken skewers.
There is also grilled wagyu beef and tempura (vegetables and seafood in batter and fried), oden, a stew with a dashi broth base and a panna cotta made from edamame.
Just because athletes can’t go to restaurants doesn’t mean they’ll miss out on the best of Japanese and local comfort food. Japanese home cooking dishes are preparations of locals who participated in a contest in which they were able to present their dishes.
Sushi without raw fish
Due to safety rules the sushi rolls will not have raw fish. Cooked shrimp, canned tuna, cucumbers, and pickled plum will be used.
Mealtime is one of the few times athletes can remove the mask. EFE reports that every seat at the common dining room tables will feature clear screens that prevent the spread of saliva droplets while eating.
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