How do you get through a very cold winter’s night in Japan? If you’re Eric Meal Time, it’s with a can of potato & cheese soup from a vending machine, plus yakitori and a fire-roasted sweet potato from street vendors.
On the New York Street Food Tour over the summer, I told people about how there used to be potato and sweet potato vendors on the streets of New York too. Hot potatoes were used by people as “pocket warmers” during the day, then made into meals at night.
My mother-in-law, who is around 80, told us about her father coming home from work with potatoes in his pockets, which they would use for part of that night’s dinner. Now that’s what I call multi-tasking.