Bento no. 8: when bad bentos go worse..
(Edit: This post was initially entittled made-up chirashi sushi with leftovers – read on for more on why the name’s changed!)
Firstly, thank you to all of you who have been commenting on my efforts in bento-making! I still have miles to go yet in my bento production, but it is very encourging to see interest in my random/weird/made up lunches.
I’ve not had chirashi sushi in a long time, and all the lovely bento porn that I’ve been doing is really making me miss this dish! I had leftover tobiko(my favourite gunkun, by the way), some of the lotus root burgers and fried tofu that was going to go off soon. I’ve been racking my brains on what am I going to turn them all into, when inspiration of a patterned lunch hit me. It’s not quite chirashi sushi (no butterflied prawns, no shitaake ect), but it does help me polish up some of my leftovers
What’s in my 450ml lock-and-lock box: halved lotus root burger, two fried tofu cubes in a silicon cupcake container (yes, I REALLY need to get some cutesy picks!), tobiko, tuna soboro and snow peas over 1 cup leftover rice. And oh, decorated with my favourite new find, the floral shaped ‘noodles’. I also popped in a container of ketchup to dip the tofu in, and a small fish of soya sauce just in case:)
Not pictured: A side of clementine & a pear
Glossary (for my friend who has no idea what my random japanese words mean!)
gunkun – ‘ship’ shaped sushi (pictured on my header)
chirashi sushi – ‘scattered’ sushi, basically sushi inggredients over a bowl of rice instead of shaped into bite-sizes.Kinda like deconstructed sushi
tobiko – flying fish roe (pictured on my header)
soboro – meat or fish based seasoning for rice, to be stuffed in rice balls or just having over rice.
So, why did this bad bento went from bad to worse? Well, THIS was what it looked like when I opened it up at lunch time. Hmm. I had to apologize to my colleagues who were eagerly gathering around me to see what my lunch looked like.
Lesson no. 1 in bento making – Make SURE you pad out all empty spaces! In my case, it was me trying to be good and not wanting to use more rice than my allocated 1-cup, therefore leaving a gap between my food and the container cover. Hah. So I bit the bullet and got myself a REAL bento box today – they are so tiny and thin for a reason I realised.
Or maybe that’s just an excuse to buy bento gear.