Spice Up Your Life With a Taste of Japan

Spice Up Your Life With a Taste of Japan

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12/01/2016

Gingerbread Tofu Man Christmas Bento


Made a batch of gingerbread tofu men last night.
Just drained/pressed tofu and cut out with a gingerbread cookie cutter.
Marinated them in bbq sauce and just baked.





Xmas wreath is made with broccoli.
Ornaments are little rice crackers that I introduced on my last post.

I know these gingerbread tofu men will appear on a lot of my bento this man :)

11/28/2016

Healthy Christmas Bento with Radish Santa



Made a Christmas bento with leftover mashed sweet potato from thanksgiving!
I roasted a turkey for the first time in my life last week.
It came out really good, but the bird was a little too big for two of us.
We've been eating turkey for about 5 days in a row...

Now time to go back to a healthy eating life.
Today's bento is vegan: tofu and shiitake mushroom dumplings, pickled purple cabbage, rice ball with carrot top furikake inside.
I made xmas tree with a Japanese oba leaf. Ornaments are Japanese rice crackers. I used vegan mayonnaise as glue.
Went to visit my family in Japan early this month and purchased a lot of bento items including this cute colorful rice crackers (bubu arare). They are naturally colored too!




For the santa, I carved radish and added vegan cheese beard. (I love CHAO cheese!)



I added a piece of red rice cracker  to create his nose.





10/25/2016

Halloween Curry Bento


Curry for bento! again...
Yes, I made too much curry......

I cut a piece of nori seaweed and cut a ghost shape with a scissors.
Then wrapped a rice ball with the seaweed.

The skeleton is just a round rice ball....
If you have some seaweed puncher, you can make this cute bento really easy and quick!
Otherwise it might take some time to cut out the face parts.

For the Jack O Lantern, I just cooked carrots in a microwave and carved by hands.

Have a happy Halloween!!!!


10/24/2016

Pumpkin Curry Bento for Halloween ~Vegan~



Japanese curry is one of my hubby's favorite food.
I make from scratch instead of using store-bought curry roux.

I didn't want to stain my white container into yellow so layered with rice and put curry in the middle.
Made a hole in the middle so that the curry stays in the middle.

The ghost in the picture is vegan chao cheese.
It tastes really good and I really like it:)

7/25/2016

Pokemon Go Pikachu Lunch Bento



I haven't played Pokemon Go, but I grew up watching pokemon on TV!
Happy to see that it's still loved by many people around the world.

Today' bento is Pokemon Go theme mashed poteto salad.
Open a lid and you will find Pikachu in lettuce! :p


Pikachu:
Mashed potato + Curry powder
Mini totamto (cheekes)
Yellow carrot (ears)

Poke Ball
Mashed potato
Pickled mini red pepper
Pickled daikon radish (middle white round)


I've made poke ball made with imitation crab and rice.
This time I had pickled mini peppers in my pickles jar so used it instead.
Great substitute for vegan friends.

Add protein of your choice :)





6/15/2016

Star Wars Lunch Box



My husband just came back from Taiwan trip and brought me this round tin bento box.
He purchased this at a train station there.
Like Japan, it seems common(?) to buy bento at train stations and get ready for a long train ride in Taiwan.
This bento box is nice and big. Great for adult's lunch! ( I eat a lot, so I need a big lunch box.....)

I created a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader.
They are just white and black, so perfect character to make with rice and seaweed!

For a Stormtrooper, you just need to cut a piece of seaweed and make

a long strip
2 loose triangles
a big V shape
4 or more short strips
2 small and one bigger rounds

For Darth Vader, just cut a piece of nori seaweed and make 2 round holes and a triangle shape.
Wrap the seaweed around a rice ball and strips of nori seaweed to create mouth (?).

Great bento for any star wars fun like my husband!!

Menu

Rice balls with celery miso
Chickpeas and sweet potato nuggets
Vegetables




5/22/2016

Summer Theme Lunch Bento


I've been making summer theme bento! I picked some and put them together below.
Mostly vegan but I use eggs or seafood some time:)

1. Sea-turtle bento: Made tofu soboro and put on a layer of rice so that it looks like sand. Created turtle with tofu and carrot.
2. Watermelon bento: Created watermelon with cherry tomato and cucumber.
3. Pineapple bento: Cut yellow mini pepper and sugar peas for pineapple, Cut seaweed and applied to create pineapple design,
4.Seal bento: Mixed rice and black sesame to color rice for its nose(?). 
5 Octopus Bento: Cut pickled red mini pepper. 
Summer Theme Lunch Bento Collection

My favorite is watermelon bento:)
I like the color and the simpleness.
I used to make a little complicated character bento (kyaraben), but have shifted to simple and easy but still cute bento recently..


Which one is your favorite? :)


5/08/2016

Vegan Bento Recipe: Tofu Soboro

Vegan Sunflower Bento with Tofu Soboro

One of my favorite tofu recipes for bento is Tofu Soboro.
Soboro is usually made with ground meat and seasoned with soy sauce, sake and sugar.
The mixture of these seasonings creates great flavor that goes very well with rice!!
I like substitute the recipe with tofu for my meatless bento.
It's also great with pasta, salad and fried rice.


Tofu Soboro Furikake
1/2pack Firm tofu (about 220g)
2tbs Soy Sauce
1tbs Sake
2tsp  Sugar
1.Crumble tofu into a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat until liquid evaporates.
2.Add soy sauce, sake and sugar and cook until tofu absorb the sauce.




Vegan Apple Bento with Tofu Soboro

Vegetarian 2 Colors Bento and Tofu Soboro Rice Ball Bento