Where to eat; ‘Prison cafeteria’, jail food without doing the crime, or doing the time

A cafeteria in northern part of Japan, located in the town of Abashiri, Hokkaido, gives a fine solution to customers who want to try prison food without actually having to go to jail for that. “Prison Cafeteria” is specialized in jail food, with dishes based on real recipes of the food given to Japanese prisoners.

At Prison Cafeteria customers can have the same food convicts of Abashirishi prison eat for lunch every day, while the food is served just like in any other cafeteria.

Prison Cafeteria serves two kinds of lunch, set A and set B. Lunch set A retails at Y800 ($8), and set B at Y700 ($7). Both menus include traditional miso soup consisting of a stock called “dashi” mixed with softened miso paste.

Prison food Set A includes rice boiled with barley, fried fish (mackerel pike), Japanese daikon radish, “Harusame” noodle salad and miso soup, with the sweetness of the Japanese radish complementing the rice and the aroma of the mackerel creating a taste-bud explosion,according to the local press.

Prison food set B includes rice boiled with barley, fried fish (Atka mackerel), fried dish with Japanese vegetables, Chinese yam and miso soup, with food being not only healthy, but also rich in fiber.

Customers who want to try the taste of prison food can go to Prison Cafeteria’s location: Abashirishi Prison Museum, Abashiri city, Hokkaido. The cafeteria is opened between 10:30 – 15:30.

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