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Chapter 5: Napolitan Spaghetti 1
Chapter 5: Napolitan Spaghetti
Making her way out of Kyoto station and onto Karasuma-dori, Asuka Mizuki looked up at Kyoto
Tower, dimly visible through the rain.
Her expression darkening ever so slightly, she hastily opened up her plastic umbrella.
I suppose it is the rainy season, she thought to herself – and yet she couldn’t help feeling a little
disappointed as she gazed up at the sky.
The rain was coming down in sheets, spattering violently up from the pavement. Puddles3 had
formed here and there along Karasuma-dori. Asuka picked her way between them, zig-zagging
north up the avenue, until eventually she spotted4 the blurry5 outline of Higashi Honganji temple
through the rain. Retrieving6 a notepad from the pocket of her red raincoat, she cradled the handle
of her umbrella against her right cheek while she checked the map she’d drawn7, then hurried
across the pedestrian crossing.
This was Asuka’s third time in Kyoto. The first had been with her secondary school, and the
second with her grandfather Chichiro. All she could remember from those trips was an endless
series of temples and shrines8. Now, as she walked east along Shomen- dori, leaving Higashi
Honganji behind, she could almost hear her grandfather’s gentle voice in her ears.
She frowned as she came to a halt in front of a slightly drab, mortar-coated building. ‘This can’t
be it . . .’
The facade9 of the two-storey structure was a watery10 grey. Not only was there no sign, but she
couldn’t even see a noren curtain to suggest that it was open. Though not entirely11 convinced,
Asuka went ahead and slid the door open.
She was greeted by a young woman in white overalls12 and jeans, who called out a brusque
‘Come in!’
‘Is this the Kamogawa Diner?’ asked Asuka, glancing around the restaurant’s plain interior.
‘Well, yes.’
‘Does that mean it’s also the Kamogawa Detective Agency?’
‘Oh, so that’s what you’re here for! The office is in the back. I’m Koishi Kamogawa, head of
the agency.’ She bowed to Asuka.
‘Asuka Mizuki. There’s a certain dish I’m hoping you can help me recreate.’ Asuka removed
her red raincoat and bowed meekly13.
‘Please could you take a seat? I’ll be right with you.’
Koishi began clearing dishes away and stacking them on her tray. There were no customers in
the restaurant, but traces of them were everywhere. Asuka managed to find herself a chair that
hadn’t been occupied.
‘Is she a customer?’ asked Nagare, emerging from the kitchen.
‘Yes – for the detective agency,’ said Koishi, wiping the table down.
‘Are you hungry?’ said Nagare to Asuka.
‘You mean I can eat here too?’
‘First-timers get the fixed15 menu. Will that be alright?’
‘I’m not fussy16. No allergies17, either. I’ll eat anything!’ said Asuka, getting to her feet and
‘We’ve got a customer coming in tonight who’s asked for a leisurely18, indulgent sort of meal.
I’ve made a bit more than I need, so I’ll serve you some of that,’ said Nagare, then trotted19 back
into the kitchen.
‘Where have you come from in this rain?’ asked Koishi, carefully wiping down the table in
front of Asuka.
‘Hamamatsu,’ replied Asuka briefly21.
‘Asuka, was it? So, how did you find out about us?’ asked Koishi, pouring tea from her
Kiyomizu-ware22 teapot.
‘My parents run a small izakaya, so there’s always a copy of Gourmet23 Monthly lying around the
house. I always wondered about that single-line advert24 – you know, the one that says We Find
Your Food.’
‘And that led you all the way here? How on earth did you find us?’
‘At first I had no idea where to even look. I tried ringing the publisher. The editor was kind
enough to come on the line, and we had a long chat about this and that. Then she agreed to break
with protocol25 and give me a hint. That’s how I finally found my way here.’
‘An izakaya in Hamamatsu, eh? I bet you serve good eel1.’
‘Oh, we do eel, but it’s our gyoza that people really talk about.’ Asuka took a sip26 of her tea.
‘Ah yes – Hamamatsu is a gyoza town, isn’t it,’ said Nagare, approaching with a tray full of
‘Yes – in fact, we’ve overtaken Utsunomiya to become the number one gyoza spot in Japan!’
said Asuka, puffing27 out her chest.
‘Eel and gyoza. I can’t get enough of either,’ said Koishi, placing a crescent-shaped lacquer tray
in front of Asuka, together with a pair of Rikyu chopsticks.
Asuka had been expecting something simple – this was supposed to be a casual restaurant after
all – and the sight of the elegant tray and chopsticks took her by surprise. She wasn’t very used to
fancy eating, and yet it seemed she was about to be served some sort of refined Kyoto cuisine28.
‘I’m afraid I’m not very good with etiquette,’ said Asuka, her shoulders slumping29.
‘Oh, don’t worry about manners. Just tuck right in!’ said Koishi, spraying mist over the tray.
‘Even at a casual place like this, it wouldn’t be Kyoto if we didn’t pay attention to the seasons.
This is all early summer fare. Like Koishi said, just relax and tuck in.’
Asuka watched nervously30 as Nagare transferred a series of tiny plates, each smaller than the
palm of his hand, onto the lacquer tray in front of her.
‘These are so pretty!’ she found herself blurting31 out.
‘Oh, they’re a real mix. Antiques, old Western plates, some by modern artisans . . .’
Soon the tray was a riot of flowery colour. Asuka counted them, pointing to each in turn.
Twelve dishes.
‘Starting from the top left: thinly sliced Akashi sea bream sashimi, with a prickly ash bud and
miso dressing32 – to be enjoyed with the ponzu dipping sauce. Miso- glazed33 Kamo aubergine.
Maizuru cockles sandwiched between slices of myoga ginger34. Gizzard shad marinated in sweet
vinegar, served in a miniature sushi roll. Fried matsutake, conger eel grilled35 two ways, Manganji
sweet pepper tempura, abalone pickled in Kyoto-style sweet white miso and then grilled. Fish
paste noodles, Kurama-style local chicken, smoked mackerel with a pine nut stuffing. Fresh soy
milk curd36 and vegetables pickled with red perilla. Everything’s bite-sized, so it should be nice and
easy to eat. I’ll bring you some eel-topped rice once that’s finished cooking. Please, enjoy the
With his explanation complete, Nagare tucked the tray under his arm.
‘I’ve never eaten anything like this before. I don’t even know where to start!’ said Asuka, her
eyes sparkling.
‘Just eat whatever you fancy, however you fancy,’ said Nagare, then bowed and headed back to
the kitchen.
‘Thank you,’ said Asuka, joining her hands together humbly37 in front of the food. Then she
reached for her chopsticks.
Asuka dipped the sea bream in the ponzu and inserted it into her mouth, then let out a little
gasp38. Next, without a moment’s hesitation39, she sprinkled some salt on the deep-fried matsutake,
took a bite, and nodded vigorously.
Nagare arrived with an earthenware40 pot, steam issuing from its lid, and set it down on the table.
‘Watch out, this is hot!’
‘Smells wonderful!’ said Asuka, her nose twitching41 away.
‘Freshwater eel is tasty enough, but there’s something about the lightness of saltwater anago.
The rice is topped with grilled anago from Akashi, with a garnish42 of green peppercorns.’ Nagare
removed the lid from the pot, unleashing43 a thick column of steam.
As Asuka tucked in to the eel rice, a glowing smile spread across her face. Nagare, watching,
bowed in her direction.
By the fourth dish, Asuka’s eyes appeared to be moist with tears. By the fifth, they had begun to
trickle44 down her cheeks, and by the seventh she was fully20 weeping. She kept dabbing45 at her eyes
with her handkerchief.
Koishi, feeling like she couldn’t just stand there, leaned over. ‘Are you okay? Feeling out of
‘I’m sorry,’ replied Asuka, smiling through her tears. ‘It’s just so . . . good. Whenever I eat
delicious food, I always seem to start crying.’
‘Well, as long as you’re okay . . .’ Koishi cleared the empty dishes and ducked back under the
curtain into the kitchen. Nagare had been observing the whole scene.
Asuka gazed at the five dishes remaining in front of her. She’d come here to get help with a dish
from her past, but now she couldn’t help thinking that maybe that was just destiny’s way of
bringing this food into her life. It really had moved her deeply. Lovingly, and almost reluctantly,
she finished off the remaining plates.
‘How was that, then?’ asked Nagare, appearing by her side as soon as she set her chopsticks
‘Thank you. Delicious doesn’t even cover it. My heart is all aflutter!’ Asuka put a hand to her
chest and took a deep breath.
‘Glad to hear it. Koishi is getting ready in the office, so if you could just wait a moment . . . I’ll
bring you some hot hojicha.’
Nagare cleared away the empty dishes, then replaced her teapot with a Banko- ware one,
alongside which he positioned a fresh teacup.
The restaurant had fallen silent, and the only sound that could be heard was that of Asuka
sipping47 on the roasted green tea. After each sip, she’d let out a little sigh. She repeated this process
several times.
‘Sorry for the wait,’ said Nagare, reappearing at her side.
‘Not at all,’ said Asuka, getting to her feet.
Nagare showed her to the back of the restaurant and down the long corridor that led to the
‘What are all these?’ asked Asuka, her gaze taking in the photos that lined the walls of the
‘Most of them are just dishes I made,’ said Nagare, smiling bashfully as he came to a halt.
‘Is this your wife?’ Asuka pointed2 to a woman sipping from a glass in the shade of a birch tree.
‘That was the last photo I took of her. We were in Karuizawa. Ate her favourite soba in Nagano,
went back to her favourite hotel, and drank her favourite wine. Looks like she’s on cloud nine,
wouldn’t you say?’
It might just have been Asuka’s imagination, but Nagare’s eyes seemed to glisten48 slightly. Not
quite knowing what to say, she ended up silently following him as he led her on down the
‘Asuka Mizuki. Sounds like a stage name or something!’ said Koishi, watching her client scribble49
down her details in her girly, rounded handwriting. She was sitting on the other side of the low
table in the office.
‘I always found it a little embarrassing,’ replied Asuka, shrugging as she perched on the edge of
the sofa.
‘Second year student at Shinshu Women’s University . . . You’re nineteen, eh? The prime of
your youth!’ said Koishi enviously50.
‘It doesn’t really feel like that,’ said Asuka, a hint of despondency in her voice.
‘Well then, what’s this dish you’d like us to recreate?’ asked Koishi, opening her notebook.
‘It’s some spaghetti I ate with my grandad.’
‘What kind?’ asked Koishi, scribbling51 away.
‘I think it was Napolitan – you know, Japanese-style tomato spaghetti, with a ketchup52 and
frankfurter sauce.’
‘Oh, that’s one of Dad’s specialities. Did your grandfather make it for you?’
‘No. I don’t remember him ever cooking for me. We must have had it on one of our trips.’
‘Took you travelling, did he? How nice!’
‘My parents were always rushed off their feet with work, so it was my grandad who looked after
me.’ Asuka broke into a smile.
‘What was his name?’
‘Chichiro Mizuki,’ answered Asuka, straightening her posture53.
‘What about your grandmother?’
‘She died from illness not long after I was born,’ replied Asuka, her voice turning glum54. ‘I can
barely remember her.’
‘And where did you go on this trip with the spaghetti?’ asked Koishi, pen at the ready.
‘Oh, Grandad took me to all sorts of places. I have no idea where it might have been.’
‘Not even the region?’
Asuka silently shook her head. ‘Grandad’s been suffering from dementia for the past three years
. . . It was all so sudden. I never got round to asking him about the trips we went on.’
‘I see. I’m afraid this isn’t much to go on . . . There must be thousands and thousands of
restaurants serving Napolitan spaghetti in Japan,’ said Koishi, sighing and looking up at the
‘I’m sorry,’ said Asuka, shyly bowing her head. ‘I was only five at the time, you see . . .’
‘How about trying to recall what kind of trip it was? There must be something you remember –
how you got around, for example. Or maybe something you saw?’ Koishi spoke55 as though
addressing a child.
‘We stayed in a hotel near the sea,’ said Asuka, her eyes squeezing shut with the effort of
‘Near the sea . . . Anything else?’ asked Koishi, her pen hovering56 above the page.
‘The next day, we took a boat. Actually, I think we drove onto it in a car,’ said Asuka, her eyes
‘A ferry, then,’ said Koishi, underlining something she’d written.
‘The weird57 thing is, I’m pretty sure we took the bullet train home,’ said Asuka, a doubtful
expression crossing her face. ‘That’s the one part I remember clearly – taking the bullet train back
to Hamamatsu.’
‘Could you have just rented a car somewhere along the way? My dad always does that.’
‘Yes, that’s probably it,’ nodded Asuka assertively58. ‘I don’t think it was my grandad’s car,
‘What about this hotel near the sea, then? What sort of place was it?’
‘Hmm . . .’ Asuka seemed to be trying desperately59 to make sense of her scattered60 memories.
‘How long were you on the ferry?’ said Koishi, changing tack14.
‘I feel like it was quite a short trip. An hour or two, maybe?’
‘Short ferry trip . . .’ said Koishi, scribbling away again.
‘And before we got to the hotel . . . I remember there were all these bright lights,’ said Asuka,
half lost in contemplation as she pieced together her thoughts.
‘Ah. Some kind of display, maybe?’ said Koishi, leaning forward excitedly. But Asuka just
tilted61 her head doubtfully.
‘Let’s leave the trip to one side for a moment, and talk about this spaghetti. Now, do you
remember what the restaurant was like? Or how it tasted?’
‘Well, like I said, it was Napolitan-style spaghetti. With a ketchup-based sauce. And sliced
‘Just your standard Napolitan spaghetti, then,’ murmured Koishi, crestfallen63.
‘Wait. It was yellow!’ cried Asuka, slapping her thigh64.
‘Yellow? But isn’t Napolitan sauce normally red?’
‘I think it was a mix of yellow and red . . .’ Asuka stared up at a point on the ceiling, slowly
tugging65 on the threads of her memory.
‘Never heard of anything like that . . .’ said Koishi doubtfully, as she began sketching66 an
illustration in the notebook.
‘Maybe I’m remembering it wrong,’ said Asuka, her voice dropping as she seemed to lose
‘What about the restaurant itself – do you remember where it was? What it was called, or what
sort of place it was? I guess that’s asking a lot of a five-year-old . . .’ Even as she posed her
questions, Koishi sounded like she’d half given up.
‘We got to the station, then Grandad took me by the hand. I think we walked for quite a while.’
Asuka seemed to be recalling the warmth of Chichiro’s hand.
‘Walked for a while from the station. Right. And did you walk back there after the meal?’ asked
Koishi, gripping her pen.
‘We had the spaghetti, then got on the bullet train and went home. I think I was crying all the
‘Tired, were you?’ asked Koishi with a grin.
‘I think so. But more than that, it was the spaghetti. It was just so . . . delicious, you see . . .’
‘Ah, of course. You start crying whenever you eat something tasty.’
‘I think it was that spaghetti that started it, actually.’ A faraway look had come over Asuka’s
face. ‘I think that’s all I can remember . . . Oh, I think I burned my mouth. That, and . . . a big red
bottle, which Grandad took a photo of.’
Koishi jotted67 down everything Asuka had mumbled68, then looked up at her. ‘If your grandfather
took photos on the trip, why don’t you just look at them? Have you tried digging them out?’
‘One of the first signs of Grandad’s dementia was that he started throwing things away at
random69. You know – his bankbook, his registered seal, even wads of cash. Shoved them all in a
bin46 bag and chucked them out with the rubbish. His photos were in there, too . . .’ Asuka’s voice
had dropped to a murmur62.
‘I’m sorry to hear that.’
‘He used to live with me and my parents, but then he started throwing away all sorts of
important things. That’s why he’s been in a home for the past couple of years.’
Asuka thought back to the happy days the four of them had shared. Her grandfather had been
the type of drinker who got merrier and merrier the more he drank. Before he went to bed, he’d
always give her a gentle pat or two on the head.
‘I guess if the photos were still around you wouldn’t have needed our help. Well, we’ll just have
to try. I reckon Dad’ll track this spaghetti of yours down somehow – he always does!’ Koishi
closed her notebook.
‘Thank you for your help,’ said Asuka, sitting up and then bowing deeply.
‘Tell me – what made you curious about this spaghetti all of a sudden?’
‘Well, firstly, I want to eat it again. But more importantly, I want my grandad to eat it. If I can, I
want to take him back to the same restaurant.’
‘But he barely even knows who I am these days,’ said Asuka, her gaze dropping to the table.
‘We’ll just have to serve him some of that spaghetti then, won’t we! Leave it to us, okay?’ said
Koishi, putting a hand to her chest.
‘Did you find out what she’s after, then?’ asked Nagare, folding up the newspaper that he’d been
reading at the counter.
‘I’m afraid my memory is a bit useless,’ cut in Asuka.
‘Napolitan spaghetti,’ said Koishi. ‘One of your specialities, isn’t it, Dad?’
‘I’m guessing my own recipe won’t quite hit the spot?’ asked Nagare with a grin.
‘Oh, as long as it’s tasty, I won’t mind,’ said Asuka, returning his smile.
Nagare turned to Koishi. ‘Did you make arrangements for her next visit?’
‘Oops – slipped my mind completely. How’s two weeks today?’
‘That’s fine,’ nodded Asuka, as she made her way out of the restaurant.
‘Staying the night in Kyoto, are you?’ asked Nagare, eyeing the large bag that Asuka had
‘I was planning to, but it’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow too. I think I’ll just head back to
‘Kyoto can be nice in the rain, you know,’ said Nagare, looking up at the dark grey sky.
‘I’ll save it for next time,’ smiled Asuka.
‘We’ll do our absolute best to find this dish of yours,’ said Nagare, fixing Asuka with his gaze.
‘I’ll be looking forward to it!’
Asuka bowed and walked off in the direction of Higashi Honganji. After seeing her off, Nagare
and Koishi headed back inside the restaurant.
‘These rainy days just keep coming, don’t they? Getting a little sick of them, to be honest,’ said
Nagare, sitting down on one of the red chairs.
‘I wonder if this’ll be enough for you to go on . . .’ said Koishi, sitting down beside him and
opening up her notebook.
‘Won’t know until we try, will we?’ said Nagare, getting out his reading glasses and scanning
through her notes.
‘It’s all so vague!’ said Koishi, looking over his shoulder. ‘I mean, you can get Napolitan
spaghetti pretty much anywhere . . .’
‘A hotel near the sea, and a ferry, eh?’ said Nagare as he thumbed through the pages. Then, in a
quiet murmur: ‘And what’s this? Bright lights. Hmm . . .’
‘I guess this one’s going to be a bit of a stretch, even for you, Dad. I mean—’
‘I’ll set off tomorrow,’ interrupted Nagare.
‘What? You mean you already know where you’re going?’ asked Koishi in an excited voice.
‘I have a pretty good idea what sort of trip they went on. But I’m not so sure about this
restaurant she mentioned . . .’ said Nagare, folding his arms.
‘Oh. For a moment, I thought you’d cracked it already . . .’ said Koishi, her disappointment
showing in her voice.


1 eel bjAzz     
  • He used an eel spear to catch an eel.他用一只捕鳗叉捕鳗鱼。
  • In Suzhou,there was a restaurant that specialized in eel noodles.苏州有一家饭馆,他们那里的招牌菜是鳗鱼面。
2 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
3 puddles 38bcfd2b26c90ae36551f1fa3e14c14c     
n.水坑, (尤指道路上的)雨水坑( puddle的名词复数 )
  • The puddles had coalesced into a small stream. 地面上水洼子里的水汇流成了一条小溪。
  • The road was filled with puddles from the rain. 雨后路面到处是一坑坑的积水。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 spotted 7FEyj     
  • The milkman selected the spotted cows,from among a herd of two hundred.牛奶商从一群200头牛中选出有斑点的牛。
  • Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.山姆的商店屯积了有斑点的短袜。
5 blurry blurry     
  • My blurry vision makes it hard to drive. 我的视力有点模糊,使得开起车来相当吃力。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The lines are pretty blurry at this point. 界线在这个时候是很模糊的。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 retrieving 4eccedb9b112cd8927306f44cb2dd257     
n.检索(过程),取还v.取回( retrieve的现在分词 );恢复;寻回;检索(储存的信息)
  • Ignoring all, he searches the ground carefully for any cigarette-end worth retrieving. 没管打锣的说了什么,他留神的在地上找,看有没有值得拾起来的烟头儿。 来自汉英文学 - 骆驼祥子
  • Retrieving the nodules from these great depths is no easy task. 从这样的海底深渊中取回结核可不是容易的事情。 来自辞典例句
7 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。
8 shrines 9ec38e53af7365fa2e189f82b1f01792     
圣地,圣坛,神圣场所( shrine的名词复数 )
  • All three structures dated to the third century and were tentatively identified as shrines. 这3座建筑都建于3 世纪,并且初步鉴定为神庙。
  • Their palaces and their shrines are tombs. 它们的宫殿和神殿成了墓穴。
9 facade El5xh     
  • The entrance facade consists of a large full height glass door.入口正面有一大型全高度玻璃门。
  • If you look carefully,you can see through Bob's facade.如果你仔细观察,你就能看穿鲍勃的外表。
10 watery bU5zW     
  • In his watery eyes there is an expression of distrust.他那含泪的眼睛流露出惊惶失措的神情。
  • Her eyes became watery because of the smoke.因为烟熏,她的双眼变得泪汪汪的。
11 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。
12 overalls 2mCz6w     
  • He is in overalls today.他今天穿的是工作裤。
  • He changed his overalls for a suit.他脱下工装裤,换上了一套西服。
13 meekly meekly     
  • He stood aside meekly when the new policy was proposed. 当有人提出新政策时,他唯唯诺诺地站 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He meekly accepted the rebuke. 他顺从地接受了批评。 来自《简明英汉词典》
14 tack Jq1yb     
  • He is hammering a tack into the wall to hang a picture.他正往墙上钉一枚平头钉用来挂画。
  • We are going to tack the map on the wall.我们打算把这张地图钉在墙上。
15 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
16 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。
17 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
18 leisurely 51Txb     
  • We walked in a leisurely manner,looking in all the windows.我们慢悠悠地走着,看遍所有的橱窗。
  • He had a leisurely breakfast and drove cheerfully to work.他从容的吃了早餐,高兴的开车去工作。
19 trotted 6df8e0ef20c10ef975433b4a0456e6e1     
小跑,急走( trot的过去分词 ); 匆匆忙忙地走
  • She trotted her pony around the field. 她骑着小马绕场慢跑。
  • Anne trotted obediently beside her mother. 安妮听话地跟在妈妈身边走。
20 fully Gfuzd     
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
21 briefly 9Styo     
  • I want to touch briefly on another aspect of the problem.我想简单地谈一下这个问题的另一方面。
  • He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group.他被一个恐怖组织绑架并短暂拘禁。
22 ware sh9wZ     
  • The shop sells a great variety of porcelain ware.这家店铺出售品种繁多的瓷器。
  • Good ware will never want a chapman.好货不须叫卖。
23 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。
24 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。
25 protocol nRQxG     
  • We must observe the correct protocol.我们必须遵守应有的礼仪。
  • The statesmen signed a protocol.那些政治家签了议定书。
26 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。
27 puffing b3a737211571a681caa80669a39d25d3     
v.使喷出( puff的现在分词 );喷着汽(或烟)移动;吹嘘;吹捧
  • He was puffing hard when he jumped on to the bus. 他跳上公共汽车时喘息不已。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • My father sat puffing contentedly on his pipe. 父亲坐着心满意足地抽着烟斗。 来自《简明英汉词典》
28 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。
29 slumping 65cf3f92e0e7b986ced17e25a7abe6f9     
大幅度下降,暴跌( slump的现在分词 ); 沉重或突然地落下[倒下]
  • Hong Kong's slumping economy also caused a rise in bankruptcy applications. 香港经济低迷,破产申请个案随之上升。
  • And as with slumping, over-arching can also be a simple postural habit. 就像弯腰驼背,过度挺直也可能只是一种习惯性姿势。
30 nervously tn6zFp     
  • He bit his lip nervously,trying not to cry.他紧张地咬着唇,努力忍着不哭出来。
  • He paced nervously up and down on the platform.他在站台上情绪不安地走来走去。
31 blurting 018ab7ab628eaa4f707eefcb74cdf989     
v.突然说出,脱口而出( blurt的现在分词 )
  • I can change my life minute by blurting out book. 脱口而出这本书,我就能够改变我的人生。 来自互联网
  • B: I just practiced blurting out useful sentences every day for one year. 我只是用了一年的时间每天练习脱口而出有用的句子。 来自互联网
32 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。
33 glazed 3sLzT8     
adj.光滑的,像玻璃的;上过釉的;呆滞无神的v.装玻璃( glaze的过去式);上釉于,上光;(目光)变得呆滞无神
  • eyes glazed with boredom 厌倦无神的眼睛
  • His eyes glazed over at the sight of her. 看到她时,他的目光就变得呆滞。 来自《简明英汉词典》
34 ginger bzryX     
  • There is no ginger in the young man.这个年轻人没有精神。
  • Ginger shall be hot in the mouth.生姜吃到嘴里总是辣的。
35 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。
36 curd oYmzN     
  • I'd like to add some pepper to the bean curd.我想在豆腐里加一点辣椒粉。
  • The next one is bean curd with crab roe.下一个是蟹黄豆腐。
37 humbly humbly     
adv. 恭顺地,谦卑地
  • We humbly beg Your Majesty to show mercy. 我们恳请陛下发发慈悲。
  • "You must be right, Sir,'said John humbly. “你一定是对的,先生,”约翰恭顺地说道。
38 gasp UfxzL     
  • She gave a gasp of surprise.她吃惊得大口喘气。
  • The enemy are at their last gasp.敌人在做垂死的挣扎。
39 hesitation tdsz5     
  • After a long hesitation, he told the truth at last.踌躇了半天,他终于直说了。
  • There was a certain hesitation in her manner.她的态度有些犹豫不决。
40 earthenware Lr5xL     
  • She made sure that the glassware and earthenware were always spotlessly clean.她总是把玻璃器皿和陶器洗刷得干干净净。
  • They displayed some bowls of glazed earthenware.他们展出了一些上釉的陶碗。
41 twitching 97f99ba519862a2bc691c280cee4d4cf     
  • The child in a spasm kept twitching his arms and legs. 那个害痉挛的孩子四肢不断地抽搐。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • My eyelids keep twitching all the time. 我眼皮老是跳。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
42 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。
43 unleashing 8742c1b567c83ec8d9e14c8aeacbc729     
v.把(感情、力量等)释放出来,发泄( unleash的现在分词 )
  • Company logos: making people's life better by unleashing Cummins power. 公司理念:以康明斯动力建设更美好的生活! 来自互联网
  • Sooner or later the dam will burst, unleashing catastrophic destruction. 否则堤坝将崩溃,酿成灾难。 来自互联网
44 trickle zm2w8     
  • The stream has thinned down to a mere trickle.这条小河变成细流了。
  • The flood of cars has now slowed to a trickle.汹涌的车流现在已经变得稀稀拉拉。
45 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
46 bin yR2yz     
n.箱柜;vt.放入箱内;[计算机] DOS文件名:二进制目标文件
  • He emptied several bags of rice into a bin.他把几袋米倒进大箱里。
  • He threw the empty bottles in the bin.他把空瓶子扔进垃圾箱。
47 sipping e7d80fb5edc3b51045def1311858d0ae     
v.小口喝,呷,抿( sip的现在分词 )
  • She sat in the sun, idly sipping a cool drink. 她坐在阳光下懒洋洋地抿着冷饮。
  • She sat there, sipping at her tea. 她坐在那儿抿着茶。
48 glisten 8e2zq     
  • Dewdrops glisten in the morning sun.露珠在晨光下闪闪发光。
  • His sunken eyes glistened with delight.他凹陷的眼睛闪现出喜悦的光芒。
49 scribble FDxyY     
  • She can't write yet,but she loves to scribble with a pencil.她现在还不会写字,但她喜欢用铅笔乱涂。
  • I can't read this scribble.我看不懂这种潦草的字。
50 enviously ltrzjY     
  • Yet again, they were looking for their way home blindly, enviously. 然而,它们又一次盲目地、忌妒地寻找着归途。 来自辞典例句
  • Tanya thought enviously, he must go a long way south. 坦妮亚歆羡不置,心里在想,他准是去那遥远的南方的。 来自辞典例句
51 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
52 ketchup B3DxX     
  • There's a spot of ketchup on the tablecloth.桌布上有一点番茄酱的渍斑。
  • Could I have some ketchup and napkins,please?请给我一些番茄酱和纸手巾?
53 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。
54 glum klXyF     
  • He was a charming mixture of glum and glee.他是一个很有魅力的人,时而忧伤时而欢笑。
  • She laughed at his glum face.她嘲笑他闷闷不乐的脸。
55 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。
56 hovering 99fdb695db3c202536060470c79b067f     
鸟( hover的现在分词 ); 靠近(某事物); (人)徘徊; 犹豫
  • The helicopter was hovering about 100 metres above the pad. 直升机在离发射台一百米的上空盘旋。
  • I'm hovering between the concert and the play tonight. 我犹豫不决今晚是听音乐会还是看戏。
57 weird bghw8     
  • From his weird behaviour,he seems a bit of an oddity.从他不寻常的行为看来,他好像有点怪。
  • His weird clothes really gas me.他的怪衣裳简直笑死人。
58 assertively 96ff1844fcdd1810e172c71a22ee838b     
  • Using the right body language helps you communicate more assertively. 使用正确的肢体语言会帮助你更有主张力的交流。
  • Learning to communicate assertively involves learning to be honest, open and direct. 果敢自信的交往方式的学习包括做到为人诚实、坦率和直言不讳。
59 desperately cu7znp     
  • He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想办法再见她一面。
  • He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
60 scattered 7jgzKF     
  • Gathering up his scattered papers,he pushed them into his case.他把散乱的文件收拾起来,塞进文件夹里。
61 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。
62 murmur EjtyD     
  • They paid the extra taxes without a murmur.他们毫无怨言地交了附加税。
  • There was a low murmur of conversation in the hall.大厅里有窃窃私语声。
63 crestfallen Aagy0     
adj. 挫败的,失望的,沮丧的
  • He gathered himself up and sneaked off,crushed and crestfallen.他爬起来,偷偷地溜了,一副垂头丧气、被斗败的样子。
  • The youth looked exceedingly crestfallen.那青年看上去垂头丧气极了。
64 thigh RItzO     
  • He is suffering from a strained thigh muscle.他的大腿肌肉拉伤了,疼得很。
  • The thigh bone is connected to the hip bone.股骨连着髋骨。
65 tugging 1b03c4e07db34ec7462f2931af418753     
n.牵引感v.用力拉,使劲拉,猛扯( tug的现在分词 )
  • Tom was tugging at a button-hole and looking sheepish. 汤姆捏住一个钮扣眼使劲地拉,样子显得很害羞。 来自英汉文学 - 汤姆历险
  • She kicked him, tugging his thick hair. 她一边踢他,一边扯着他那浓密的头发。 来自辞典例句
66 sketching 2df579f3d044331e74dce85d6a365dd7     
  • They are sketching out proposals for a new road. 他们正在草拟修建新路的计划。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • "Imagination is busy sketching rose-tinted pictures of joy. “飞舞驰骋的想象描绘出一幅幅玫瑰色欢乐的场景。 来自英汉文学 - 汤姆历险
67 jotted 501a1ce22e59ebb1f3016af077784ebd     
v.匆忙记下( jot的过去式和过去分词 );草草记下,匆匆记下
  • I jotted down her name. 我匆忙记下了她的名字。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The policeman jotted down my address. 警察匆匆地将我的地址记下。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
68 mumbled 3855fd60b1f055fa928ebec8bcf3f539     
含糊地说某事,叽咕,咕哝( mumble的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He mumbled something to me which I did not quite catch. 他对我叽咕了几句话,可我没太听清楚。
  • George mumbled incoherently to himself. 乔治语无伦次地喃喃自语。
69 random HT9xd     
  • The list is arranged in a random order.名单排列不分先后。
  • On random inspection the meat was found to be bad.经抽查,发现肉变质了。


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