Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bento~ Many Ways!

I bring lunch to school pretty much every day, and sometimes it can be a challenge to create a balanced meal, especially on a student's timetable! Bento is technically the Japanese term for a packed lunch, and although they are generally not heated, I like my lunches piping hot ;P so it's kinda like a Chinese-Japanese fusion bento thingy. But whatever. Here are some of the bento I've made, with tips for EXTRA DELICIOUS TIME.

Leftover Bento Parfait
Made of last night's Asian Fusion leftovers! The doggie-bag actual yielded 3 meals worth -- which is pretty good for restaurant leftovers ;P

The parfait keeps the oil (since restaurant food is always way greasy compared to home!) from splattering on top, and absorbs the delicious sauce on bottom, creating the most awesome lunchtime experience ever!

Leftover stir fry makes a good bento 'cause it's got lots of colours (eat your colours!) and is very flavourful. Just add rice (either from the restaurant, or steam your own) and it's a complete meal!

Really Quick Mashed Potato Bento with Veggie-Cod Heart
This bento was made on one of those mornings where I woke up and realized I forgot to pack lunch the night before (OH NOEZZZZ). Frozen corn and peas sprinkled with salt and topped with mashed potates makes a kinda shepard-pie like dish. Pepper for flavour on top, and a chunk of veggie cod steak, cut into a heart shape, adds protein. The only colour it's missing is red (according to the Japanese 5-colour per meal deal: red, yellow, green, black, white) so I'd probably add like an apple to balance it out. Or not, if apples aren't in season. I hate dull apples.

Finally, Ultra-Healthy Bento of Awesomeness features stir-fried peas and corn (just a pinch salt, a touch of sesame oil, and throw in some scallions at the end) on a bed of brown rice, topped with seared veggie cod steak. Carrots add the requisite red (orange counts as red in Asia-land...as far as food goes, anyways) while grapes and brie cheese make a decadent dessert.

Alright guys, let's make some SUPER-DELICIOUS BENTO TIME!