Monday, February 22, 2010
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that I was born and raised in Japan. When we were first married, I was a little worried about how we could combine our two different cultures. My optimistic Mr. layed back said, "Don't worry, we will just take whatever is good from either culture and make it our own."
One of the things our family loves from Japanese culture is "Bento". Bento is a single portion takeout or home-packed meal in a box, and very common in Japanese cuisine. Usually, bento consists of rice, fish or meat and other side dishes.
Normally, I pack sandwishes, fruit and a light snack for my husband's and kids' lunches. (Because it is easier and quicker!!). Every now and then, when I have time I pack a Bento. (Being a night owl, I don't like mornings.)
This morning was the rare occasion. I packed a Bento for each of them.
Inside the bento, there was...
Rice with Furikake(flavor flakes)
Hanbagu (just like meatballs, but I used ground turkey and chopped veggies with teriyaki sauce)
Tamago-yaki (Thin layers of egg rolled into a rectangular shape)
Little sausages (I made two slices from one end to the middle to make it look like flower.)
Sliced apple (looks like a bunny)
They loved it. Oh, and I will show you how we wrap our bento box (you know...just a final touch).
1. You can use any square fabric. I used napkin this time. Put the lunch box on the fabric diagnally.
2. Fold the front corner to the other side, cover the container and fold the corner under the container.
3. Bring the opposite corner over the box to the front.
4. Take both right and left corners and tie them together using a square knot.
5. You have Japanese style Bento!
A tip to make bento is to put three basic colors. Red, Green, Yellow in the container. That way it not only looks pretty, you can also get a balanced meal in one box.