Here I’ve got another Bento recipe! There’ve been many back to school events going on here and there. New class stars in September, kids are all nerves and exited. Moms are all happy, finally able to have nice quiet day time..(?) (*￣∇￣*) The same thing happens in Japan. Moms are very busy with taking care of family all day long during the summer vacation. This is the time they can sit down relax and watch soap opera or chat with neighbors… At least that’s what I recall when I was a kid, seeing my mom doing so… Although moms may have some quiet moment during day time, there are lots of other things to take care of.. Especial If you are one of those moms who have to prepare lunch for your kids every day, it must give you a lot of headache.. Thoughtful moms have to spend lots of time and effort to make well balanced food for their lunch while juggling other house jobs all by themselves.. Because of all this dedications and unconditional love, we all can grow up healthy! To thank all the moms whole around the world, I would like to share one bento recipe. I have included one popular dish Teriyaki Chicken along with Tamago yaki and Pickled salad. There are all simple, easy yet, delicious and nutritiously well balanced. I’m also including how to pack Bento Box with some tips. Oh,, of course this is not just for moms, also for all others who have to prepare lunch can take a look! I hope everyone finds it some what useful..( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
[ Ingredients ] *tsp=tea spoon tbs=table spoon
~ serves one ~
[ Braised Teriyaki Chicken ]
2~3 slices Ginger
1+1/2 tbs Soy sauce
1+1/2 tbs Sake
1+1/2 tbs Mirin
2 tbs Water
[ Crispy potato & carrot salad ]
1/4 tsp White sesame
1 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Sesame oil
[ Asparagus Tamago Yaki ]
5~6 stalks Asparagus
2 tbs Dashi
Or 2 tbs water + 1/4 tsp Dashi powder
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp Soy sauce
1 bowl Steamed rice
1 pickled ume boshi
1 pinch Black sesame
2-3 leaves Lettuce
[ Directions ]
~[ Braised Teriyaki Chicken ]~
1. Add all the seasonings into a bowl.
2. Adjust chicken thickness if there’s any thick area.
3. Cut tendon so you can prevent from curling while cooking.
4. Put into marinade let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.
5. Slice onion.
6. If the ginger has a bumpy surface, you can use a spoon to scrape off the skin.
7. And then slice…
8. Preheat a pan, lay the marinated chicken with skin side facing down. The marinade sauce stays in the bowl at this point.
9. Sauté until golden brown.
10. This is the color you may want to get to.
11. Turn over the chicken, now you can add ginger and onion.
12. and the marinade sauce…
13. Cover the pan, braise for 6~8 minutes or chicken gets thoroughly cooked.
14. When you start seeing clear juice coming out of chicken, it’s been cooked through.
15. Remove the chicken let it cool down. Keep heating the sauce to reduce the amount. Add soy sauce or/and mirin if needed. Shut off the stove and cool off the sauce.
~[ Crispy potato & carrot salad ]~
16. Peel only half part of potato, if you are only making one serving..
17. Slice in about 0.5 cm or so..
18. Wrap up the rest part of potato. Store in the fridge for the next use!
19. Cut the potato into strip or allumette.
20. Soak in water to wash off the excess starch.
21. Cut carrot into allumette as well, but skinnier than potato.
22. As you can see, carrot is much skinnier. This way, you will have about the same texture after being cooked all together in a pot!
23. Add potato and carrot in a pot with water and cook until it’s cooked but still has some crunchiness.
24. Remove from the pot and drain out the excess water.
25. While still warm, you can go ahead and put into a bowl.
26. Add all the rest of materials showing in the list above.
27. Mix well and it’s done!
~[ Asparagus Tamago Yaki ]~
28. Peel the bottom part of asparagus to remove the fibery skin.
Blanch them and cool off in ice water.
29. Cut into small pieces.
30. Add a pinch of salt to an egg.
31. Add dashi or water mixed with dashi powder.
32. MIx well.
33. Add asparagus into the egg mixture. You can add some seaweed if you have some…
34. Preheat a fry pan on low heat. Apply some oil on the surface.
35. Pour all of the mixture into the pan.
36. Give several stirs to let the vegetable spread evenly.
37. When it’s half way done, you can cover the pan and cook for 1~2minutes on low heat.
38. When it’s done you can remove from the pan and cool off.
[ How to Pack Your Bento?? ]
For hygienic reasons,
“make sure all of your food is completely cooled off before covering bento box”
If you seal in your uncooled food in a box and keep at room temperature, the bacteria will multiply at high volume by lunch time and it may result you a food poisoning!
These dishes I introduced are all enjoyable at room temperature. When it comes to lunch time, you can directly enjoy your bento. To microwave or not to is very much up to you!
You have two cooling methods:
1. Cool off all of the the food you prepared on a large plate first and then start packing.
*This could speed up the cooling process.
2. Directly pack your food into a bento box and leave uncovered until cool down.
*You don’t have to bother transferring food place to place by using many dishes.
39. Now it’s time for packing ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ～♪ I recommend first decide how you divide your each individual food including carb, protein, fiber.. If you are using one bento box, you can simply divide into three segments. And then start with carb(steamed rice)
40. You can lay some green leaves for partition..
41. For the second item to pack in, you may want to go with a solid item. This time Tamago Yaki is the one.
First measure the size and shape of the space you want to fit in, and cut into appropriate size.
42. Make sure it fits in without leaving too much space around it.
43. Put the prepared potato and carrot into the space.
44. Sprinkle some black sesame..
45. You can also put Ume boshi/pickled plum.
46. Here comes the main item of the bento! Cut the chicken into strips.
47. Lay some leaves if you want to.. put the sauce including onion and ginger.
48. And then lay the chicken nice and tightly.
49. Yeah~! now you have a lovely bento! o(≧▽≦)o .｡.:*☆
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