Shokugeki no Souma 45
The Accompanist of Aromas and Stimuli
//For those of you wondering why I didn't post this until now... Well, people just ignored my warning about copy-pasting my TL's outside MH, so starting now, Soma's TL's won't be up until the chapter is released
Story: Tsukuda Yuuto
Art: Saeki Shun
Collaborator: Morisaki Yuki
Jun: I...I'm Shiomi Jun,
Jun: I hope we get along well.
Cutlery: During the "Polar Star Dorm's Golden Age", one girl knocked the door...!
Guy: She's starting classes on April,
Guy: She passed Fumio-san's entrance skill test in her first try.
Gin: Hm, that sounds promising.
Gin: Best regards, Shiomi-kun!
Jun: Ye...Yes, best regards!
Jou: Oh? Gin, who is she?
Gin: Jouichirou...Wear your uniform properly.
(cutlery) 45 The Accompanist of Aromas and Stimuli
Jou: Hmm...A new girl, huh!?
Jou: Alright, welcome on board.
Jou: That's it! As a token of welcome, do you want to eat my new dish?
Jun: Eh...!! Yes! I'd be glad to!
Box: Like this---
Box: I, who was the youngest in the dorm at the time,
Box: Became Saiba-senpai's guinea pig at every opportunity.
Jun's sd: Kyaaaaaaah
Box: He fiddled around with me---
Jun's sd: Gyaaaaaah
Jun's sd: Nooooo
Jun(thinks): I got emotional scars that will last forever.
Souma: Wait...Stop, stop!
Souma: Your appearance is almost exactly the same!
Box: Shiomi Jun (34)
Jun: We-well...People often tell me "You look so young".
Jun: Maybe it's because I eat food with lots of spices,
Jun: Many of them have esthetic effects.
Souma(thinks): Is that enough of an explanation!?
Souma: Then, pops... Was terrible with his juniors,
Souma: Wasn't he, Tadokoro?
Megumi: ---Ermmm, ummm...We're students from the polar star dorm
Megumi: And we wanted you to teach us some things about curry...
Souma: That's right! The Autumn Election Preliminaries' theme was announced and-
SFX: *turn away*
Jun: I don't mind teaching only the girl,
SFX: *turn away*
Jun: But I have nothing to talk about with Saiba-senpai or his relatives.
Megumi(thinks): She's avoiding eye contact with Souma-kun...
p4 //sorry for all those who were expecting him to be Ikumi's brother, but he isn't (it was quite obvious from the beginning though)
Hayama: You're visitors and she's being cruel with you.
Hayama: I'm her assistant,
Hayama: A first year from the high school division, the name's Hayama.
Hayama: You guys are also first years, right?
Hayama: I've seen you in some classes.
Megumi: Eh? But, you normally enter seminars until the second year, right...?
Hayama: About that...That woman needs me.
Hayama: She can't do anything but tamper with spices,
Hayama: Right, Jun?
Jun: It's "Professor Shiomi"!! (cd: Don't call me Jun.)
Jun: Ha...Hayama-kun, you're my assistant,
Jun: As such, you should be respectful and-
Hayama: You forgot to water the plants today.
Hayama: I did it for you.
Jun: Yes...I'm sorry.
Hayama: You forgot about it last week too and your precious spices were about to die, weren't they?
Jun: Yes...It was my fault...
Hayama: And who received the visitors you neglected last month?
Jun: You, Hayama-kun...
Souma(thinks): She's getting even smaller...
Souma: At any rate, you sure have lots of spices.
Souma: ...Ah! This smells a lot like curry!!
Hayama: That's a spice called "Kari Patta",
Hayama: It's also called curry leaf.
Megumi: Eh...!! This...Is a fresh curry leaf!?
Souma: Tadokoro? You know it?
Megumi: The curry leaf sapling is weak to cold weather...
Megumi: Since it withers before winter ends, it's only sold dried in Japan.
Megumi: You can't get fresh leaves easily so how...?
Hayama: That's one of Jun's research subjects:
Hayama: The likelihood of methods for the stable cultivation of spices native from tropical lands in Japan...
Hayama: Other than that, she's discovered long term conservation techniques that make use of refrigeration technologies.
Hayama: She's also succeeded in the extraction of many new flavor compounds.
Souma: Wow...You're more than meets the eye, sensei.
Jun: Ge...Getting praised by you doesn't make me happy at all
Jun: But...That's right, spices have that much hidden potential.
Jun: To begin with, spices
Jun: Are useful to bring out three things:
Jun: "Aroma", "Spiciness", and "Color".
Jun: By mixing them you create a synergy,
Jun: The more varieties you add the more their individual traits get restrained and they become a mild combination that's well received by many people.
Jun: But that doesn't mean more varieties is better, if you mix them indiscreetly they may become bitter...
Jun: The limit is estimated to be 20 varieties! (According to the Shiomi Seminar's research.)
Jun: Also, the use of "fats and oils" is essential if you want to make the best use of spices!
Jun: The spices' aroma stands out when they're heated in oil.
Jun: And fats and oils taste best when they are "emulsified"!
Jun: Ufufufu, emulsion...One of the discoveries made by cooking.
Jun: Amphiphilic agents create surface tension and-
Souma: Hey, hey...She started giving a lecture.
Hayama: Ah~~Ah...She takes a while once she starts.
Jun: HLB Temperature Hydrophilic-lipophilic Balance W/O emulsion Water Phase Dispersion //lol with the back of this dialog saying "Barance" XDDD, also, I'm not really sure about the last of these 4 things...
Hayama: Well...Experiencing it yourself should be faster.
Hayama: Eat something before you go,
Hayama: I'll show you the depth of Spices.
Hayama: Here's the first dish---
Hayama: Chicken meat "Kolivartha curry".
Hayama: This is a typical dish from south India,
Hayama: The curry leaves from before are used to give it its aroma.
Souma: Oh! It looks really good!
Souma's sd: Aaaahn
Souma(thinks): What is this!?
Souma(thinks): At first, the curry leaf's strong aroma penetrated my nose...
Souma(thinks): And as if following after it, the cayenne chili peppers and the onions' stinging flavor spreads inside my mouth!
Souma(thinks): I've never eaten curry like this!!
Hayama: That's the power of fresh spices,
Hayama: Fresh leaves give off more than ten times the scent dry leaves give---
Hayama: Alright...The next dish.
Hayama: A curry that uses white flesh fish like swordfish or salmon, "Goan Fish Curry"!
Megumi: Hmm...? There's two of the same curry?
Hayama: The ingredients and spices used on both are exactly the same,
Hayama: Taste and compare them.
Megumi: The second one is...More delicious!?
Hayama: That one has coriander and red pepper that were roasted on a frying pan...
Hayama: I other words, I used "roast" spices.
Megumi: Eh...!! Such a small change makes such a big difference!?
Megumi: The aroma is totally different...
Souma(thinks): I now understand what that teacher was saying.
Souma(thinks): With the roasted spices as their core...All the other ingredients are combining perfectly!
Hayama: Last is this one.
Megumi: It looks exactly the same as the Kolivartha curry we ate at first...
Souma: No...It's different! The curry leaf aroma is
Souma: Way stronger than before!!
Megumi: It's true...!
Megumi: The vigor of the spiciness that spreads in my mouth is totally different!!
Megumi: How to say it... It's a more distinct flavor...
Hayama: I didn't add anything to this either.
Megumi: That means...This also has roast spices?
Hayama: For this curry, instead of doing it in soup stock
Hayama: I boiled it in plain "water".
Hayama: I applied what Jun teaches in her lectures.
Hayama: The individual flavor of each ingredient losses strength the more varieties you add.
Hayama: This is the exact opposite...By removing the stock's flavor
Hayama: The curry's spices strength gets sharpened.
Megumi(thinks): He didn't use soup stock...? If you do that the flavor would normally leave you unsatisfied!
Megumi(thinks): This strong aroma that seems to be disagreeing with me
Megumi(thinks): Is going to pierce meeee!!
Megumi(thinks): To think that by changing the use of spices just a bit
Megumi(thinks): The dish would change so dramatically...!
Megumi: ...Souma-kun? What's wrong?
Souma: ---That guy,
Souma: While he was cooking,
Souma: He never looked inside the pot---
Hayama: The fennel's aroma is strong enough...It's done heating.
Hayama: There's 40 seconds left before the coconuts and the peanuts flavor combine---
Megumi(thinks): Just by the rising smell of the ingredients and spices
Megumi(thinks): He can grasp the state of the food inside the pot perfectly...!?
Hayama: I told you, didn't I?
Hayama: That woman needs me.
Hayama: Sublimating the theories Jun comes up with into real dishes---
Jun: ...Eh!? Everyone's gone!!
Jun: When did that happen?
Hayama: That's my work here.
Hayama: The scientist that comes up with "Theories"
Hayama: And the cook that puts them to "Practice"...!
Hayama: I honestly laughed when I saw the theme for the preliminaries!
Hayama: For it to be a curry dish of all things.
Souma: You're also in the Autumn Election?
Hayama: I'm in the A Block with you,
Hayama: Yukihira Souma.
Souma: Wait...Did I ever mention my name?
Hayama: Hey, hey, everyone knows your name,
Hayama: At least every first year who went to the entrance ceremony.
Hayama: ---Your dishes are amusing,
Hayama: You come up with ideas even under limiting situations,
Hayama: That isn't enough to get to the top here.
Hayama: The thing that reaches you before the taste and the looks,
Hayama: The thing that lingers even after chewing and swallowing,
Hayama: That is the "aroma".
Hayama: One who is in control of cooking is in control of the aroma...
Hayama: In other words,
Hayama: The one who will take Tootsuki's top
Hayama: Is Hayama Akira---
Hayama: None other than me.
Souma: Well, thanks for the feast,
Souma: Your curry was really good!
Souma: I'll thank you for it later.
Souma: A curry even better than yours,
Cutlery: He gets stirred up against a strong enemy...!!
Souma: I'll let you taste it during the election.
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