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Chapter 4: Tonkatsu 1
Chapter 4: Tonkatsu
The long, bitter winter was over, and spring had finally come to Kyoto.
Walking from Higashi Honganji temple, Suyako Hirose crossed the wide avenue of Karasuma-
dori and came onto Shomen-dori. The colours of spring – pale blues1, lemon yellows, pastel pinks
– were also on display in the clothing of people passing down the narrow street.
Meanwhile, making her way east, Suyako was wearing a plain, charcoal-grey dress and black
She’d done her homework before getting here, so she felt reasonably convinced that the plain-
looking building in front of her was her destination. Still, given the absence of any sign or other
indications that it was open for business, it was hard to be sure.
By the sliding aluminium3 door was a small window. The chatter4 drifting through it certainly
sounded like that of a restaurant, while the fragrances5 wafting7 out reminded Suyako of the food
section of a fancy department store.
‘Thanks for the meal!’
The door flew open, and a man in a loose-fitting white jacket strolled out before closing it again.
The tabby cat that had been dozing8 in front of the building rushed over to him.
‘Excuse me,’ Suyako said to the man, who had started stroking the cat. ‘This is the Kamogawa
Diner, right?’
‘Yeah, sounds about right. Mr Kamogawa and his daughter run the place, if that’s what you
mean,’ he replied, then bowed slightly. Suyako gently slid the door open again.
‘Here for a meal?’ asked Nagare Kamogawa, wiping his hands as he emerged from the kitchen.
‘Actually, there’s a dish I’d like you to help me find.’
‘Well, if it’s the detective service you’re after, my daughter’s the one to talk to,’ replied Nagare
plainly, looking at Koishi.
‘Though it’s Dad who does the real detective work,’ said Koishi. ‘Are you hungry?’
The clock showed half past twelve.
‘What kind of food do you serve?’ asked Suyako, eyeing the ramen bowl that had been left on
the counter, in which a small pool of broth10 remained. ‘I’m afraid I’m a little fussy11.’
‘We serve all our first-time customers a set menu,’ said Nagare, taking over from Koishi. ‘Any
‘Oh – no,’ replied Suyako, now glancing around the restaurant. ‘But I’m not very keen on meat,
or anything too greasy13.’
‘Well, if you’re happy with something light, I can serve you right away.’
‘That’d be just fine. I eat like a bird,’ said Suyako, a relieved look on her face.
‘We actually have a booking tonight for a traditional Japanese banquet. I was just preparing the
food. I’ll pick you out some dishes!’
Nagare hurried back into the kitchen.
‘Please, take a seat,’ said Koishi, pulling out one of the red-cushioned chairs.
‘This place really is quite peculiar,’ said Suyako, looking around the restaurant again. ‘You
don’t have a sign, or even a menu!’
‘That’s right. You did well to find us,’ said Koishi, setting a teacup down in front of Suyako.
‘I saw the advert14 in Gourmet15 Monthly.’
‘You mean you worked it out from that single line of text?’ said Koishi, pausing as she poured
the tea.
‘There weren’t any contact details, and even when I wrote to the editor she refused to tell me. I
told her that in that case I really didn’t see the point in the advert, but she refused to budge16. So I
did a bit of asking around.’ Suyako took a long sip17 of her tea.
‘Sorry about that. People are always complaining about that advert, but my dad’s a stubborn
one,’ said Koishi, glancing at the kitchen. ‘He always says that, if someone’s really destined18 to
walk into this place, that one line will be all they need.’
‘Apologies for the wait,’ said Nagare, arriving with the food. ‘I’ve prepared a selection of light
dishes.’ He began removing a series of small plates from the round tray he was carrying and
positioning them in front of Suyako.
‘Oh, these are adorable,’ said Suyako, her eyes sparkling.
‘From top left,’ began Nagare, tucking the tray under his arm, ‘Miyajima oysters20, simmered
Kurama-style, miso-glazed baked butterburs with millet21 cake, bracken and bamboo shoot stew22,
chargrilled moroko, breast of Kyoto-reared chicken with a wasabi dressing24, and vinegared Wakasa
mackerel wrapped in pickled Shogoin turnip25. In the bottom right you have a hamaguri clam26 broth
thickened with kudzu starch27. Tonight’s customer asked me to create something that evoked28 both
the lingering winter and the onset29 of spring, which led to the dishes you see here. Today’s rice is
of the Koshihikari variety, sourced from Tamba. Please – enjoy the meal.’
‘I don’t even know where to start!’ said Suyako, her eyes widening as she reached for her
‘I’ll leave the teapot here. Just give me a shout if you need a refill!’ said Koishi, retreating to the
kitchen alongside Nagare.
First, Suyako’s chopsticks moved towards the grilled23 moroko, her eyes drawn31 to it by the
springlike appearance of the dish. Two of the small fish were arranged on an oval Kiseto-ware
plate. Suyako found herself recalling that time, three years ago, when she had eaten at a traditional
restaurant in Kyoto with her ex-husband, Denjiro Okae.
With a smile creasing32 his features, he had told her you could catch moroko in Lake Biwa, and
that in Kyoto it was seen as a seasonal33 delicacy34 that heralded35 spring. Suyako remembered thinking
that Denjiro had become every inch the Kyoto man.
Dipping the fish in the mix of vinegar and soy sauce provided, Suyako polished them off in no
time, then tried a mouthful of the mackerel wrapped in pickled turnip. She’d had mackerel sushi
many times. In her hometown of Yamaguchi, she’d occasionally finish off a meal at her favourite
small restaurant with a Sekisaba mackerel roll. But she’d never had it with something pickled like
this. The sweetness of the turnip mingled36 pleasantly with the sourness of the vinegared mackerel
on her tongue.
Next she turned to the bowl of clam broth. She removed the lid, with its maki-e design depicting37
a budding willow38 tree, and was greeted by a cloud of steam heavy with the fragrance6 of the clams39
and their yuzu garnish40. Suyako took a sip of the broth, then let out a deep sigh.
‘Food to your liking41, then?’ asked Nagare, returning from the kitchen.
‘Oh, it’s exquisite,’ said Suyako, dabbing42 at her mouth with a lace handkerchief. ‘Almost too
good for a country bumpkin like me!’
‘Where are you visiting from?’
‘Yamaguchi prefecture.’
‘That’s a long way,’ said Nagare, clearing away the plates she’d finished. ‘Thanks for making
the trip. Once you’re finished here, we’ll be happy to show you to the office.’
Once Nagare was out of sight, Suyako took the Kurama-style simmered oyster19 and placed it on
top of her rice, then poured some tea over the bowl and began bolting it down. With the occasional
pause to sample the wasabi-dressed chicken breast, she emptied the bowl entirely43, right down to
the last grain of rice.
‘More rice?’ asked Nagare, who had emerged from the kitchen again and was extending his
round tray in her direction.
‘I’m fine, thanks. Oh – sorry for eating so rudely!’ Her face had turned red, presumably because
she was worried Nagare had seen her steeping her rice in tea.
‘Oh, there’s no such thing as rude or polite when it comes to food,’ said Nagare, clearing away
her dishes and wiping the table. ‘What matters is that you eat it the way you like it.’
‘Thank you for the meal,’ said Suyako, putting down her chopsticks and pressing her palms
together in appreciation44.
‘Well then, shall I show you to the office?’ asked Koishi, who had been waiting for her cue. She
opened the door by the counter and began walking down the corridor. Suyako followed shortly
‘What are these photos?’ asked Suyako, stopping in the middle of the corridor.
‘They’re all dishes my dad made,’ said Koishi, gesturing proudly towards the sea of photos on
the walls of the corridor. ‘Japanese, Western, Chinese – you name it, he’s done it.’
‘A jack2 of all trades, eh? So he doesn’t actually specialize in any particular cuisine45?’
‘Well, yes, I suppose you could put it that way,’ said Koishi, with a disgruntled pout46.
‘Did he make these, too?’ asked Suyako, sounding surprised as she inspected a particular set of
‘Ah, that was when the owner of a kimono shop asked him to create a fugu menu. That platter
there is fugu sashimi, on the hob is grilled fugu, and in that clay pot you can see the rice porridge
created from the leftovers47 of a fugu hotpot. Dad is also a licensed48 fugu chef, you see.’
‘I assumed this was just an ordinary restaurant,’ said Suyako, smiling as she turned back
towards the area where she’d eaten. ‘The decor doesn’t quite match the quality of the food you
serve, does it?’
‘Do you like fugu, then?’ asked Koishi grumpily as she carried on down the corridor.
‘Well, I’m from Yamaguchi,’ replied Suyako airily. ‘So yes, I’ve been fond of it since I was a
little girl.’
‘Lucky you. The first time I ever had it was to celebrate getting into university!’ said Koishi
over her shoulder.
‘My father was a university chancellor49, so people often gave it to him as a gift.’
‘I see,’ said Koishi. Sensing that this bragging50 was going to continue, she found her expression
turning sour, and opened the door at the end of the corridor more noisily than was necessary.
‘In here, please.’
Nodding, Suyako made her way into the room and settled on one of the sofas, apparently51
oblivious52 to the scowl53 on Koishi’s face.
‘Could you fill this out for me, please?’ said Koishi, her tone even more businesslike than usual
as she held out the clipboard. Placing tea leaves into the pot, she glanced furtively54 at her client.
Suyako scribbled55 down her details.
‘Will that do?’
‘Suyako Hirose. Fifty years old – well, you don’t look it. Right then, what dish are you looking
for?’ asked Koishi brusquely.
‘Tonkatsu,’ replied Suyako, looking straight at Koishi.
‘I thought you said you didn’t like greasy food or meat?’ retorted Koishi in surprise.
‘Oh, it’s not me who wants to eat it. It’s for a . . . certain someone,’ said Suyako, a pleading
look now in her eyes.
‘What sort of tonkatsu?’ asked Koishi.
‘I don’t know. That’s why I need your help finding it.’
‘Well, yes, but . . . Could you at least be a little more specific?’ frowned Koishi.
‘I don’t know where to start . . .’ said Suyako, puckering56 her lips as she hesitated.
‘Oh, start wherever you like,’ replied Koishi curtly57.
‘Have you heard of Demachiyanagi station?’
‘Of course I have – like everyone else in Kyoto!’ Koishi’s cheeks had puffed58 up.
‘Well, there’s a temple right by the station.’
Stifling59 a yawn, Koishi tilted60 her head to one side. ‘A temple? Hmm . . .’
‘There used to be a tonkatsu restaurant near there. Katsuden, it was called.’
Koishi nodded silently.
‘That’s the tonkatsu I’m looking for. The one they used to serve.’
‘And that restaurant no longer exists?’
This time it was Suyako who nodded.
‘When did it close?’
‘About three and a half years ago,’ said Suyako, a meek61 look on her face.
‘Well, that’s not too long ago, is it?’ said Koishi, scribbling62 away in her notebook. ‘Katsuden,
you said the place was called? Shouldn’t be too hard to find.’
‘That’s what I thought. I searched online for it, but nothing turned up.’ Suyako’s expression had
clouded over.
‘Three and a half years ago, you said? I’d have thought people would have mentioned it online.
You know, review sites, blogs, that kind of thing . . .’
‘Well, this place hasn’t even shut down, and there’s absolutely nothing about you online.’
Koishi’s expression relaxed slightly. ‘I suppose you’re right. Dad and I have a thing about
people writing strange reviews. We kept asking not to be listed, but the restaurant still ended up on
the websites. That’s why we took our sign down and made it look like we’d gone out of business.’
‘Seems my husband came to the same conclusion,’ said Suyako nonchalantly. ‘Though I think
he at least bothered to keep the sign and noren curtain outside.’
‘Wait. Katsuden was run by your husband?’ asked Koishi, leaning forward across the low table.
Her eyes had widened with interest.
‘Yes,’ nodded Suyako. ‘More precisely63, my ex-husband.’
‘In that case, why don’t you just ask this . . . ex-husband of yours?’ Koishi’s cheeks had puffed
up again.
‘If that was an option, I wouldn’t be here, would I?’ said Suyako, looking down at the table.
‘See, he’s the person I want you to make it for.’
‘Now you’ve really lost me,’ said Koishi, twiddling her pen between her fingers in frustration64.
‘Why would you want to do that?’
‘I married him twenty-five years ago, when he owned a fugu restaurant in Yamaguchi. Fuguden,
he called it. My father didn’t approve of the match one bit – in fact, my whole family were
opposed.’ Suyako paused and reached for her teacup.
‘You did say your father was a university chancellor. So, why did the owner of a fugu restaurant
suddenly decide to open a tonkatsu place in Kyoto?’ asked Koishi, glancing up.
‘Someone got poisoned at the restaurant,’ said Suyako, then took a long sip of tea.
‘Fugu poisoning? But that can be lethal65, can’t it?’ asked Koishi with another frown.
‘Yes. In fact, the person in question died.’
‘I’m sorry to hear that,’ said Koishi in a low voice.
‘He was my cousin, actually. He’d always been the headstrong type. Once he’d said he’d do
something, there was no changing his mind. He’d caught his own fugu, brought it into the
restaurant and demanded they cook it for him. My husband was away at a Fugu association
meeting that day. He’d left his sous-chef Mr Masuda in charge. And it all ended in disaster.’
Suyako was biting her lip as she spoke66.
‘I suppose this Mr Masuda felt like he couldn’t refuse that cousin of yours, seeing as he was
your husband’s family?’ said Koishi sympathetically.
‘Apparently he did refuse – several times in fact. But it got to the point where my cousin was
almost threatening him.’
‘What happened to the restaurant?’
‘It was a small town, so word got around. There was no choice but to shut the restaurant. And
that should have been the end of it, but . . .’ Suyako’s expression darkened.
‘Let me guess. Compensation,’ said Koishi, flicking67 through the pages of her notebook.
‘Not really. My cousin’s family made their fortune in trade, so they weren’t exactly hungry for
cash.’ Suyako lowered her gaze. ‘But the whole affair messed up relations with my family. In the
end it was my husband who asked for a divorce.’
‘But your cousin was the one who marched in there and demanded they cook it,’ said Koishi
with a hint of indignation. ‘It’s not like your husband was to blame, is it?’
‘No. But Denjiro has a keener sense of responsibility than most people . . .’
‘Denjiro is your ex-husband, then?’ said Koishi, making a note.
‘Yes. Denjiro Okae,’ said Suyako, peering at the notebook.
‘Did you really need to get divorced?’ asked Koishi, pursing her lips again. ‘Couldn’t you have
left Yamaguchi together?’
‘This might sound arrogant68, but my family is quite well known in Yamaguchi,’ said Suyako,
straightening her posture69. ‘The family name is everything. And I had my piano teaching to think
about . . .’
‘You’re a piano teacher?’
‘Oh yes. I’ve taught everyone, from nursery school kids to students at music colleges preparing
for competitions. I had more than a hundred pupils at one point.’
‘So you stayed in Yamaguchi after the divorce, while your ex-husband came to Kyoto and
opened a tonkatsu restaurant.’
‘Actually,’ said Suyako coolly, ‘it seems he spent the first two years or so after the divorce
outside the food industry, roaming around doing various jobs in the Tokyo area. It was only later
that he came to Kyoto.’
‘Why a tonkatsu restaurant?’
‘That I don’t know. I do remember him bringing tonkatsu home from his restaurant once, saying
he’d cooked it for his staff to eat after work. He’d do that sometimes – bring home whatever he’d
made them that day.’ Suyako was rocking her head from side to side pensively70.
‘Oh, I love eating spare food from the restaurant,’ said Koishi with a smile. ‘We’re always
doing that here.’
‘I wasn’t so keen,’ said Suyako, furrowing71 her brow. ‘Sort of felt like I was being given the
‘So, why the sudden request to recreate the tonkatsu from your ex-husband’s restaurant? Why
not just ask him directly? Because you want him to eat it? I’m struggling to keep up here . . .’
Koishi was staring at Suyako with an almost pleading look in her eyes.
‘Every year on my birthday, the twenty-fifth of October, he used to send me a little something.
But last year nothing came.’ Suyako seemed to be choosing her words carefully. ‘I was a little
concerned, so I got in touch. It turned out he’d been admitted to the Japanese Red Cross Hospital
in Higashiyama. When I visited him there, just after the New Year, he was terribly thin. Barely a
shadow of his former self. He’d been quite a big man in his prime, you see.’
‘Sounds like a pretty serious illness,’ said Koishi in a quiet voice. Her pen had stopped moving.
‘The doctor gave him three months at most.’
‘Three months? But . . . that means there’s no time to waste!’ cried Koishi, glancing at the
calendar on the wall.
‘According to the nurses, all he talks about is the tonkatsu at Katsuden. But when I tried asking
him about it, he wouldn’t say a word. And then I happened to see your advert in Gourmet Monthly
. . .’ Suyako gave a long sigh as she reached the end of her story.
‘And he hasn’t told the nurses what kind of tonkatsu he means, either?’ asked Koishi, with
another pleading look.
‘Not in detail. They did tell me that when he rambled72 about it at night, he called out “five mil,
three mil”. Not that I have the slightest idea what that might mean . . .’ Suyako shook her head
from side to side.
‘Five mil, three mil? How mysterious. Well, I think I’ve got all the details now. I’m sure Dad’ll
be able to figure this out. I’ll make sure he doesn’t dawdle73!’ Koishi closed her notebook and got to
her feet.
‘Thank you,’ said Suyako, rising and bowing.
‘All okay?’ asked Nagare, folding up his newspaper as the pair returned to the restaurant.
‘This one’s urgent, Dad,’ exclaimed Koishi. ‘Start looking for tonkatsu!’
‘What? Why?’
‘Do you remember a tonkatsu restaurant called Katsuden?’
‘Katsuden? It does sound vaguely74 familiar . . .’ said Nagare, frowning slightly.
‘A little more enthusiasm would be nice!’ huffed Koishi.
‘Koishi, listen. If you have something to tell me, you need to calm down and do it properly. It’s
always like this with you!’
These words seemed to have their intended effect. Koishi indicated a chair for Suyako, then sat
down next to her.
‘So, Suyako and her husband got divorced for reasons I won’t go into. But now he’s seriously
ill in hospital!’
Koishi explained the situation, starting from the beginning. As he listened, Nagare kept tilting75
his head to one side, nodding, and at one point fetched a map of Kyoto from the shelf.
‘Oh, Katsuden – I remember that place now. Must have been over a decade ago, but I went
there a few times. It was just behind Chotokuji temple, by Demachiyanagi station. Small place,
with this big, burly owner who’d stand there frying the tonkatsu in silence.’
Nagare opened up the map.
‘That’s right,’ said Suyako. ‘I believe it was very near that temple you mentioned. As for that
burly owner you mentioned, well, these days he’s . . .’
Suyako took a notebook out of her bag and showed Nagare a photo that was wedged between its
‘I can just about recognize him,’ said Nagare, staring at the photograph. ‘But I do remember
him being a lot bigger . . .’
The photo appeared to have been taken in a hospital ward30. Suyako confirmed that the haggard-
looking man sitting up in a bed by the window was indeed Denjiro Okae.
‘What slender fingers you have,’ said Nagare, his eyes drawn to Suyako’s hand as she held the
‘She’s a piano teacher, Dad – of course she has nice fingers. Anyway, there’s no time for chit-
chat!’ said Koishi, an imploring76 look in her eyes.
‘Three months, you said . . .’ murmured Nagare, unable to take his eyes away from the
‘If he’s lucky,’ replied Suyako, her voice becoming faint.
‘I see. Two weeks should be enough time to track this dish of yours down. Will you be able to
come back a fortnight today?’
‘Two weeks, Dad?’ squealed77 Koishi. ‘Can’t you do it any faster?’
‘Two weeks,’ replied Nagare brusquely. ‘That’ll be the absolute minimum if I’m going to find
out how the tonkatsu was done at Katsuden and then recreate it.’
Suyako got to her feet and gave him a deep bow.
On her way out of the restaurant, Suyako was accosted78 by Drowsy79, who insisted on curling
himself around her legs.
‘Hey, Drowsy! Enough of that, okay?’ said Koishi.
‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ said Suyako, scooping80 Drowsy up and handing him over to Koishi. ‘I have a
cat myself, you see.’
‘What’s it called?’
‘Hanon. You know, after the composer who wrote all those piano studies.’ Suyako’s face lit up.
It was the first proper smile Koishi had seen on it all day.
‘You really are a piano teacher through and through, aren’t you!’ she replied, returning the
smile. Suyako began making her way west down the street. Nagare and Koishi bowed in her
direction, with Drowsy mewing away at their side.
‘Looks like I overestimated81 you, Dad.’
‘What are you on about?’ replied Nagare as he flicked82 through Koishi’s notes.
‘I was sure you were going to turn around and say something like, “Alright then, give me three
days!” Have you forgotten what happened with Mum?’ Koishi was giving him a sharp look.
‘Five mil, three mil . . .’ Nagare continued leafing through the notebook as though he couldn’t
even hear her.
‘Dad, are you even listening?’ asked Koishi, thumping84 him on the back.
‘Food poisoning alone is enough to ruin a restaurant’s reputation. But when someone dies,
that’s something else entirely . . .’
‘What are you mumbling85 about?’ said Koishi, still glaring at him.
‘Koishi, I’m going to Yamaguchi tomorrow. May as well spend the night at Yuda Onsen if I’m
going that way. I’ll bring you back some of those bean-jam buns. Just promise you’ll look after
this place, okay?’ Nagare shut the notebook and got to his feet.
‘Come on, Dad,’ said Koishi, with puffed cheeks. ‘You could at least get us a fugu hotpot kit9.’
‘That, Koishi,’ said Nagare, ‘is the kind of luxury we can’t afford.’ For once, it was his turn to
thump83 her on the back.


1 blues blues     
  • She was in the back of a smoky bar singing the blues.她在烟雾弥漫的酒吧深处唱着布鲁斯歌曲。
  • He was in the blues on account of his failure in business.他因事业失败而意志消沉。
2 jack 53Hxp     
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
3 aluminium uLjyc     
n.铝 (=aluminum)
  • Aluminium looks heavy but actually it is very light.铝看起来很重,实际上却很轻。
  • If necessary, we can use aluminium instead of steel.如果必要,我们可用铝代钢。
4 chatter BUfyN     
  • Her continuous chatter vexes me.她的喋喋不休使我烦透了。
  • I've had enough of their continual chatter.我已厌烦了他们喋喋不休的闲谈。
5 fragrances 2de1368e179b47e9157283bda10210b2     
n.芳香,香味( fragrance的名词复数 );香水
  • The bath oil comes in various fragrances. 这种沐浴油有不同的香味。
  • This toilet soap lathers so nicely and has several fragrances. 这种香皂起泡很多,并且有好几种香味。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
6 fragrance 66ryn     
  • The apple blossoms filled the air with their fragrance.苹果花使空气充满香味。
  • The fragrance of lavender filled the room.房间里充满了薰衣草的香味。
7 wafting 9056ea794d326978fd72c00a33901c00     
v.吹送,飘送,(使)浮动( waft的现在分词 )
  • But that gentle fragrance was clearly wafting from the window. 但那股淡淡的香气,却分明是从母亲的窗户溢出的。 来自互联网
  • The picture-like XueGuo, wafting dense flavor of Japan, gives us a kind of artistic enjoyment. 画一般的雪国,飘溢着浓郁的日本风情,给人以美的享受。 来自互联网
8 dozing dozing     
v.打瞌睡,假寐 n.瞌睡
  • The economy shows no signs of faltering. 经济没有衰退的迹象。
  • He never falters in his determination. 他的决心从不动摇。
9 kit D2Rxp     
  • The kit consisted of about twenty cosmetic items.整套工具包括大约20种化妆用品。
  • The captain wants to inspect your kit.船长想检查你的行装。
10 broth acsyx     
  • Every cook praises his own broth.厨子总是称赞自己做的汤。
  • Just a bit of a mouse's dropping will spoil a whole saucepan of broth.一粒老鼠屎败坏一锅汤。
11 fussy Ff5z3     
  • He is fussy about the way his food's cooked.他过分计较食物的烹调。
  • The little girl dislikes her fussy parents.小女孩讨厌她那过分操心的父母。
12 allergies 2c527dd68e63f119442f4352f2a0b950     
n.[医]过敏症;[口]厌恶,反感;(对食物、花粉、虫咬等的)过敏症( allergy的名词复数 );变态反应,变应性
  • Food allergies can result in an enormous variety of different symptoms. 食物过敏会引发很多不同的症状。 来自辞典例句
  • Let us, however, examine one of the most common allergies; hayfever. 现在让我们来看看最常见的变态反应的一种--枯草热。 来自辞典例句
13 greasy a64yV     
adj. 多脂的,油脂的
  • He bought a heavy-duty cleanser to clean his greasy oven.昨天他买了强力清洁剂来清洗油污的炉子。
  • You loathe the smell of greasy food when you are seasick.当你晕船时,你会厌恶油腻的气味。
14 advert eVLzj     
  • The advert featured a dolphin swimming around a goldfish bowl.该广告的內容为一条在金鱼缸里游动的海豚。
  • Please advert to the contents below.I believe you won't be disappointed.敬请留意后面的内容。相信您一定不会失望的。
15 gourmet 8eqzb     
  • What does a gourmet writer do? 美食评论家做什么?
  • A gourmet like him always eats in expensive restaurants.像他这样的美食家总是到豪华的餐馆用餐。
16 budge eSRy5     
  • We tried to lift the rock but it wouldn't budge.我们试图把大石头抬起来,但它连动都没动一下。
  • She wouldn't budge on the issue.她在这个问题上不肯让步。
17 sip Oxawv     
  • She took a sip of the cocktail.她啜饮一口鸡尾酒。
  • Elizabeth took a sip of the hot coffee.伊丽莎白呷了一口热咖啡。
18 destined Dunznz     
  • It was destined that they would marry.他们结婚是缘分。
  • The shipment is destined for America.这批货物将运往美国。
19 oyster w44z6     
  • I enjoy eating oyster; it's really delicious.我喜欢吃牡蛎,它味道真美。
  • I find I fairly like eating when he finally persuades me to taste the oyster.当他最后说服我尝尝牡蛎时,我发现我相当喜欢吃。
20 oysters 713202a391facaf27aab568d95bdc68f     
牡蛎( oyster的名词复数 )
  • We don't have oysters tonight, but the crayfish are very good. 我们今晚没有牡蛎供应。但小龙虾是非常好。
  • She carried a piping hot grill of oysters and bacon. 她端出一盘滚烫的烤牡蛎和咸肉。
21 millet NoAzVY     
  • Millet is cultivated in the middle or lower reaches of the Yellow River.在黄河中下游地区,人们种植谷子。
  • The high quality millet flour was obtained through wet milling.采用湿磨法获得了高品质的小米粉。
22 stew 0GTz5     
  • The stew must be boiled up before serving.炖肉必须煮熟才能上桌。
  • There's no need to get in a stew.没有必要烦恼。
23 grilled grilled     
adj. 烤的, 炙过的, 有格子的 动词grill的过去式和过去分词形式
  • He was grilled for two hours before the police let him go. 他被严厉盘查了两个小时后,警察才放他走。
  • He was grilled until he confessed. 他被严加拷问,直到他承认为止。
24 dressing 1uOzJG     
  • Don't spend such a lot of time in dressing yourself.别花那么多时间来打扮自己。
  • The children enjoy dressing up in mother's old clothes.孩子们喜欢穿上妈妈旧时的衣服玩。
25 turnip dpByj     
  • The turnip provides nutrition for you.芜菁为你提供营养。
  • A turnip is a root vegetable.芜菁是根茎类植物。
26 clam Fq3zk     
  • Yup!I also like clam soup and sea cucumbers.对呀!我还喜欢蛤仔汤和海参。
  • The barnacle and the clam are two examples of filter feeders.藤壶和蛤类是滤过觅食者的两种例子。
27 starch YrAyK     
  • Corn starch is used as a thickener in stews.玉米淀粉在炖煮菜肴中被用作增稠剂。
  • I think there's too much starch in their diet.我看是他们的饮食里淀粉太多了。
28 evoked 0681b342def6d2a4206d965ff12603b2     
  • The music evoked memories of her youth. 这乐曲勾起了她对青年时代的回忆。
  • Her face, though sad, still evoked a feeling of serenity. 她的脸色虽然悲伤,但仍使人感觉安详。
29 onset bICxF     
  • The drug must be taken from the onset of the infection.这种药必须在感染的最初期就开始服用。
  • Our troops withstood the onset of the enemy.我们的部队抵挡住了敌人的进攻。
30 ward LhbwY     
  • The hospital has a medical ward and a surgical ward.这家医院有内科病房和外科病房。
  • During the evening picnic,I'll carry a torch to ward off the bugs.傍晚野餐时,我要点根火把,抵挡蚊虫。
31 drawn MuXzIi     
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
32 creasing a813d450f5ea9e39a92fe15f507ecbe9     
(使…)起折痕,弄皱( crease的现在分词 ); (皮肤)皱起,使起皱纹; 挑檐
  • "No, we mustn't use that money, Chiu," Feng Yun-ching gasped in horror, creasing his brow. “元丰庄上那一笔存款是不能动的。 来自子夜部分
  • In severe creasing the frictional resistance plays only a minor role in determining the crease resistance. 在严重的折皱作用下,摩擦阻力在织物抗折皱能力中仅居次要地位。
33 seasonal LZ1xE     
  • The town relies on the seasonal tourist industry for jobs.这个城镇依靠季节性旅游业提供就业机会。
  • The hors d'oeuvre is seasonal vegetables.餐前小吃是应时蔬菜。
34 delicacy mxuxS     
  • We admired the delicacy of the craftsmanship.我们佩服工艺师精巧的手艺。
  • He sensed the delicacy of the situation.他感觉到了形势的微妙。
35 heralded a97fc5524a0d1c7e322d0bd711a85789     
v.预示( herald的过去式和过去分词 );宣布(好或重要)
  • The singing of the birds heralded in the day. 鸟鸣报晓。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • A fanfare of trumpets heralded the arrival of the King. 嘹亮的小号声宣告了国王驾到。 来自《简明英汉词典》
36 mingled fdf34efd22095ed7e00f43ccc823abdf     
混合,混入( mingle的过去式和过去分词 ); 混进,与…交往[联系]
  • The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the evening air. 笑声和歌声交织在夜空中。
  • The man and the woman mingled as everyone started to relax. 当大家开始放松的时候,这一男一女就开始交往了。
37 depicting eaa7ce0ad4790aefd480461532dd76e4     
描绘,描画( depict的现在分词 ); 描述
  • a painting depicting the Virgin and Child 一幅描绘童贞马利亚和圣子耶稣的画
  • The movie depicting the battles and bloodshed is bound to strike home. 这部描写战斗和流血牺牲的影片一定会取得预期效果。
38 willow bMFz6     
  • The river was sparsely lined with willow trees.河边疏疏落落有几棵柳树。
  • The willow's shadow falls on the lake.垂柳的影子倒映在湖面上。
39 clams 0940cacadaf01e94ba47fd333a69de59     
n.蛤;蚌,蛤( clam的名词复数 )v.(在沙滩上)挖蛤( clam的第三人称单数 )
  • The restaurant's specialities are fried clams. 这个餐厅的特色菜是炸蚌。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • We dug clams in the flats et low tide. 退潮时我们在浅滩挖蛤蜊。 来自辞典例句
40 garnish rzcyO     
  • The turkey was served with a garnish of parsley.做好的火鸡上面配上芫荽菜做点缀。
  • The sandwiches came with a rather limp salad garnish.三明治配着蔫软的色拉饰菜。
41 liking mpXzQ5     
  • The word palate also means taste or liking.Palate这个词也有“口味”或“嗜好”的意思。
  • I must admit I have no liking for exaggeration.我必须承认我不喜欢夸大其词。
42 dabbing 0af3ac3dccf99cc3a3e030e7d8b1143a     
  • She was crying and dabbing at her eyes with a handkerchief. 她一边哭一边用手绢轻按眼睛。
  • Huei-fang was leaning against a willow, dabbing her eyes with a handkerchief. 四小姐蕙芳正靠在一棵杨柳树上用手帕揉眼睛。 来自子夜部分
43 entirely entirely     
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
44 appreciation Pv9zs     
  • I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to you all.我想对你们所有人表达我的感激和谢意。
  • I'll be sending them a donation in appreciation of their help.我将送给他们一笔捐款以感谢他们的帮助。
45 cuisine Yn1yX     
  • This book is the definitive guide to world cuisine.这本书是世界美食的权威指南。
  • This restaurant is renowned for its cuisine.这家餐馆以其精美的饭菜而闻名。
46 pout YP8xg     
  • She looked at her lover with a pretentious pout.她看着恋人,故作不悦地撅着嘴。
  • He whined and pouted when he did not get what he wanted.他要是没得到想要的东西就会发牢骚、撅嘴。
47 leftovers AprzGJ     
  • He can do miracles with a few kitchen leftovers.他能用厨房里几样剩饭做出一顿美餐。
  • She made supper from leftovers she had thrown together.她用吃剩的食物拼凑成一顿晚饭。
48 licensed ipMzNI     
  • The new drug has not yet been licensed in the US. 这种新药尚未在美国获得许可。
  • Is that gun licensed? 那支枪有持枪执照吗?
49 chancellor aUAyA     
  • They submitted their reports to the Chancellor yesterday.他们昨天向财政大臣递交了报告。
  • He was regarded as the most successful Chancellor of modern times.他被认为是现代最成功的财政大臣。
50 bragging 4a422247fd139463c12f66057bbcffdf     
v.自夸,吹嘘( brag的现在分词 );大话
  • He's always bragging about his prowess as a cricketer. 他总是吹嘘自己板球水平高超。 来自辞典例句
  • Now you're bragging, darling. You know you don't need to brag. 这就是夸口,亲爱的。你明知道你不必吹。 来自辞典例句
51 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
52 oblivious Y0Byc     
  • Mother has become quite oblivious after the illness.这次病后,妈妈变得特别健忘。
  • He was quite oblivious of the danger.他完全没有察觉到危险。
53 scowl HDNyX     
  • I wonder why he is wearing an angry scowl.我不知道他为何面带怒容。
  • The boss manifested his disgust with a scowl.老板面带怒色,清楚表示出他的厌恶之感。
54 furtively furtively     
adv. 偷偷地, 暗中地
  • At this some of the others furtively exchanged significant glances. 听他这样说,有几个人心照不宣地彼此对望了一眼。
  • Remembering my presence, he furtively dropped it under his chair. 后来想起我在,他便偷偷地把书丢在椅子下。
55 scribbled de374a2e21876e209006cd3e9a90c01b     
v.潦草的书写( scribble的过去式和过去分词 );乱画;草草地写;匆匆记下
  • She scribbled his phone number on a scrap of paper. 她把他的电话号码匆匆写在一张小纸片上。
  • He scribbled a note to his sister before leaving. 临行前,他给妹妹草草写了一封短信。
56 puckering 0b75daee4ccf3224413b39d80f0b1fd7     
v.(使某物)起褶子或皱纹( pucker的现在分词 );小褶纹;小褶皱
  • Puckering her lips, she replied, "You really are being silly! 苏小姐努嘴道:“你真不爽气! 来自汉英文学 - 围城
  • Astringent: Mouth-puckering sensation; the result of tannin being present in the wine. 麻辣:由于丹宁在葡萄酒中的作用而使喉间受到强烈刺激的感觉。 来自互联网
57 curtly 4vMzJh     
  • He nodded curtly and walked away. 他匆忙点了一下头就走了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The request was curtly refused. 这个请求被毫不客气地拒绝了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
58 puffed 72b91de7f5a5b3f6bdcac0d30e24f8ca     
adj.疏松的v.使喷出( puff的过去式和过去分词 );喷着汽(或烟)移动;吹嘘;吹捧
  • He lit a cigarette and puffed at it furiously. 他点燃了一支香烟,狂吸了几口。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He felt grown-up, puffed up with self-importance. 他觉得长大了,便自以为了不起。 来自《简明英汉词典》
59 stifling dhxz7C     
  • The weather is stifling. It looks like rain. 今天太闷热,光景是要下雨。
  • We were stifling in that hot room with all the windows closed. 我们在那间关着窗户的热屋子里,简直透不过气来。
60 tilted 3gtzE5     
v. 倾斜的
  • Suddenly the boat tilted to one side. 小船突然倾向一侧。
  • She tilted her chin at him defiantly. 她向他翘起下巴表示挑衅。
61 meek x7qz9     
  • He expects his wife to be meek and submissive.他期望妻子温顺而且听他摆布。
  • The little girl is as meek as a lamb.那个小姑娘像羔羊一般温顺。
62 scribbling 82fe3d42f37de6f101db3de98fc9e23d     
n.乱涂[写]胡[乱]写的文章[作品]v.潦草的书写( scribble的现在分词 );乱画;草草地写;匆匆记下
  • Once the money got into the book, all that remained were some scribbling. 折子上的钱只是几个字! 来自汉英文学 - 骆驼祥子
  • McMug loves scribbling. Mama then sent him to the Kindergarten. 麦唛很喜欢写字,妈妈看在眼里,就替他报读了幼稚园。 来自互联网
63 precisely zlWzUb     
  • It's precisely that sort of slick sales-talk that I mistrust.我不相信的正是那种油腔滑调的推销宣传。
  • The man adjusted very precisely.那个人调得很准。
64 frustration 4hTxj     
  • He had to fight back tears of frustration.他不得不强忍住失意的泪水。
  • He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration.他沮丧地用手打了几下方向盘。
65 lethal D3LyB     
  • A hammer can be a lethal weapon.铁锤可以是致命的武器。
  • She took a lethal amount of poison and died.她服了致命剂量的毒药死了。
66 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
67 flicking 856751237583a36a24c558b09c2a932a     
(尤指用手指或手快速地)轻击( flick的现在分词 ); (用…)轻挥; (快速地)按开关; 向…笑了一下(或瞥了一眼等)
  • He helped her up before flicking the reins. 他帮她上马,之后挥动了缰绳。
  • There's something flicking around my toes. 有什么东西老在叮我的脚指头。
68 arrogant Jvwz5     
  • You've got to get rid of your arrogant ways.你这骄傲劲儿得好好改改。
  • People are waking up that he is arrogant.人们开始认识到他很傲慢。
69 posture q1gzk     
  • The government adopted an uncompromising posture on the issue of independence.政府在独立这一问题上采取了毫不妥协的态度。
  • He tore off his coat and assumed a fighting posture.他脱掉上衣,摆出一副打架的架势。
70 pensively 0f673d10521fb04c1a2f12fdf08f9f8c     
  • Garton pensively stirred the hotchpotch of his hair. 加顿沉思着搅动自己的乱发。 来自辞典例句
  • "Oh, me,'said Carrie, pensively. "I wish I could live in such a place." “唉,真的,"嘉莉幽幽地说,"我真想住在那种房子里。” 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
71 furrowing 01ce65e76d8b4355422f0d3a78b32646     
v.犁田,开沟( furrow的现在分词 )
  • In spring, farmers are busy furrowing the fields. 春天,农民忙于犁地。 来自辞典例句
  • The gasoline's machine is used for mowing, flooding, furrowing, every kind of machine power supply. 我公司为农机产品开发的动力源,该产品主要是用于收、、、等机械。 来自互联网
72 rambled f9968757e060a59ff2ab1825c2706de5     
(无目的地)漫游( ramble的过去式和过去分词 ); (喻)漫谈; 扯淡; 长篇大论
  • We rambled through the woods. 我们漫步走过树林。
  • She rambled on at great length but she didn't get to the heart of the matter. 她夹七夹八地说了许多话也没说到点子上。
73 dawdle untzG     
  • Don't dawdle over your clothing.You're so beautiful already.不要再在衣着上花费时间了,你已经够漂亮的了。
  • The teacher told the students not to dawdle away their time.老师告诉学生们别混日子。
74 vaguely BfuzOy     
  • He had talked vaguely of going to work abroad.他含糊其词地说了到国外工作的事。
  • He looked vaguely before him with unseeing eyes.他迷迷糊糊的望着前面,对一切都视而不见。
75 tilting f68c899ac9ba435686dcb0f12e2bbb17     
  • For some reason he thinks everyone is out to get him, but he's really just tilting at windmills. 不知为什么他觉得每个人都想害他,但其实他不过是在庸人自扰。
  • So let us stop bickering within our ranks.Stop tilting at windmills. 所以,让我们结束内部间的争吵吧!再也不要去做同风车作战的蠢事了。
76 imploring cb6050ff3ff45d346ac0579ea33cbfd6     
  • Those calm, strange eyes could see her imploring face. 那平静的,没有表情的眼睛还能看得到她的乞怜求情的面容。
  • She gave him an imploring look. 她以哀求的眼神看着他。
77 squealed 08be5c82571f6dba9615fa69033e21b0     
v.长声尖叫,用长而尖锐的声音说( squeal的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He squealed the words out. 他吼叫着说出那些话。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The brakes of the car squealed. 汽车的刹车发出吱吱声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
78 accosted 4ebfcbae6e0701af7bf7522dbf7f39bb     
v.走过去跟…讲话( accost的过去式和过去分词 );跟…搭讪;(乞丐等)上前向…乞讨;(妓女等)勾搭
  • She was accosted in the street by a complete stranger. 在街上,一个完全陌生的人贸然走到她跟前搭讪。
  • His benevolent nature prevented him from refusing any beggar who accosted him. 他乐善好施的本性使他不会拒绝走上前向他行乞的任何一个乞丐。 来自《简明英汉词典》
79 drowsy DkYz3     
  • Exhaust fumes made him drowsy and brought on a headache.废气把他熏得昏昏沉沉,还引起了头疼。
  • I feel drowsy after lunch every day.每天午饭后我就想睡觉。
80 scooping 5efbad5bbb4dce343848e992b81eb83d     
n.捞球v.抢先报道( scoop的现在分词 );(敏捷地)抱起;抢先获得;用铲[勺]等挖(洞等)
  • Heated ice cream scoop is used for scooping really cold ice cream. 加热的冰淇淋勺是用来舀非常凉的冰淇淋的。 来自互联网
  • The scoop-up was the key phase during a scooping cycle. 3个区间中,铲取区间是整个作业循环的关键。 来自互联网
81 overestimated 3ea9652f4f5fa3d13a818524edff9444     
对(数量)估计过高,对…作过高的评价( overestimate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • They overestimated his ability when they promoted him. 他们提拔他的时候高估了他的能力。
  • The Ministry of Finance consistently overestimated its budget deficits. 财政部一贯高估预算赤字。
82 flicked 7c535fef6da8b8c191b1d1548e9e790a     
(尤指用手指或手快速地)轻击( flick的过去式和过去分词 ); (用…)轻挥; (快速地)按开关; 向…笑了一下(或瞥了一眼等)
  • She flicked the dust off her collar. 她轻轻弹掉了衣领上的灰尘。
  • I idly picked up a magazine and flicked through it. 我漫不经心地拿起一本杂志翻看着。
83 thump sq2yM     
  • The thief hit him a thump on the head.贼在他的头上重击一下。
  • The excitement made her heart thump.她兴奋得心怦怦地跳。
84 thumping hgUzBs     
  • Her heart was thumping with emotion. 她激动得心怦怦直跳。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • He was thumping the keys of the piano. 他用力弹钢琴。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
85 mumbling 13967dedfacea8f03be56b40a8995491     
含糊地说某事,叽咕,咕哝( mumble的现在分词 )
  • I could hear him mumbling to himself. 我听到他在喃喃自语。
  • He was still mumbling something about hospitals at the end of the party when he slipped on a piece of ice and broke his left leg. 宴会结束时,他仍在咕哝着医院里的事。说着说着,他在一块冰上滑倒,跌断了左腿。


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