Germany: Schnitzel, a dumpling noodle dish called spätzle, salad and cake
Tokyo, Japan: Pickles, miso soup, rice and what appears to be chicken
Peanut Butter Bacon Bison Burger
Deep Fried Watermelon
Deep Fried Doritos
If you thought the Americans had cornered the market on super-sized portions then think again. Because the USA has got some competition in the eating stakes and it comes in the unlikely form of Japan. After generations of staying slim on modest portions of rice, noodles and vegetables a newly affluent wave of Japanese society are enjoying a western style boom in big eating.
Known as ‘ohmori’ or ‘large serving’ (大盛り) this departure from traditional meal sizes have become increasingly popular amongst more adventurous Japanese. Some of these dishes are called “mega” (メガ) or even “jumbo” (ジャンボ or “janbo”) in Japanese.
What makes these huge servings even more stomach-busting is that you are expected to clean your plate in Japan. Not finishing your meal can be considered rude! Have fun trying to finish these.
It’s ironic that the national sport of Japan—who’s inhabitants are some of the skinniest and most gentle in the world—involves two overweight men trying to shove each other out of a ring.
The truth is that it’s not just flab that makes a sumo wrestler’s girth; there’s a whole lot of muscle underneath it all.
The ideal weight for a sumo wrestler is anything from 400 to 600 pounds. This means that it takes not only strength and flexibility to be a sumo—it also takes the right diet. Eating is an essential part of their training.
A typical sumo wrestler eats a daily diet of 20,000 calories, which is pretty astounding when you consider that the recommended daily intake for a healthy, active male is 2,500. They eat 10 times what a normal male eats and all of it’s done in two massive 10,000-calorie meals. The sumo’s diet is an expression of my favorite Japanese cultural trait—never doing things halfway.
Here is a typical sumo wrestler daily eating schedule:
A sumo wrestler’s day starts at four or five o’clock in the morning with training and exercise. Surprisingly, breakfast is not served. Skipping breakfast and working out instead slows down the wrestler’s metabolism, so they usually don’t eat until around 11am. It also gets them hungry enough for that 10,000-calorie lunch.