What Does Your Last Meal on Earth Look Like?


When was the last time you thought about your own death? I am thinking about it right now as I write this article. Before that, not for a while.

But, I’ve been thinking about my death since childhood. Is that strange? Then, the question is, why haven’t you? We are ALL doing to die sooner or later. Death is 100%. Why not think about it now and plan ahead? Why not plan what your last supper may look like?

No need to have it final - you can change it anytime. I do. It’s fun. I recommend you try once and see what happens.

Here is my list from a while back.

My Last meal on earth

Mai Tai from Plum Tree Inn (Closed), Los Angeles, CA

When I was working for a movie company in Los Angeles, my boss invited me for a Christmas Dinner at this Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown. He told me that they have the best Mai Tai. After one sip, I was hooked. I have no idea what’s in it, but still, to this date, it is my favorite Mai Tai.

Chinese Corn Drop Soup

When my family was living in Tokyo, we occasionally had family dinner out the night. There was this building in Ginza where we used to go all the time. The first floor was a steak house. The second floor was Japanese and the third floor was a Chinese restaurant. At this Chinese restaurant, one of my favorite starters was Corn Drop Soup. It was sweet and comforting.

“Bai” Gai (Shellfish - Babylonia japonica)

Something I used to eat a lot when I was growing up in Japan.

Mixed Green Salad from Green Gulch Farm

Green Gulch Farm, is a part San Francisco Zen Center located in Marine country, 30 minutes north of San Francisco. They have an organic farm and have been making organic vegetables for over 30 years. Their mixed greens are the best I have ever tasted. I was fortunate to eat this almost every day when I was a resident at San Francisco Zen Center, and at Greens Restaurant when I worked there.

Beef with Japanese mustard and Worchester sauce

When I was growing up, my favorite food was steak. Back then (and to still day), the steak was a luxury item for an ordinary Japanese family. My mom saw this recipe in a magazine or TV and made it for dinner. After that, it became one of my favorite dinner dishes. She used thin-sliced beef, coat it with Japanese hot mustard and flour. Then sauté it with butter and finish it off with Worchester sauce. After sautéing the beef, the mustard turned really sweet.

Japanese Dessert Manju from Fugestudo, Matsue, Japan

When I was living in Matsue, this old store was my favorite to get afternoon desserts. This store made a very traditional dessert used mostly for tea ceremony. I used to buy two or three kinds, brought it home, and made Macha (Green) tea my self. I will be finishing my last supper with me, making my Macha with Manjyu from Fugetsudo.



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