I think the point of Shizuru’s tale with Sanma is that it’s such a normal food with nothing special about it but, because of her circumstances, she felt it was all the more special. That’s one thing that they simply can’t portray by translating
Nikuman is good but I can’t help liking the chinese version a lot more.
Heck I just love chinese food in general so that’s probably just me being biased.
As for Mapo Tofu, well, I notice food in Japan is generally underwhelmingly spicy. I went to a ramen place once and had the double spice level but it was barely enough to make me feel the heat. Probably Kanade’s favorite Mapo Tofu is a bit spicier than usual, but something that shouldn’t be too bad
Lucia’s on the other hand…