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Bento no. 8: when bad bentos go worse..

January 26, 2010

(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.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2010 3:37 pm

    OK.. I know Tobiko! Over here it’s also called Ebikko.

  2. January 26, 2010 6:30 pm

    Oo Ebikko is actually prawn roe, then Tobiko is flying fish roe, whilst ikura is salmon roe and masago is smelt roe

    Yeah, can you tell I like my roes?:)

  3. January 26, 2010 6:41 pm

    ugh, i have had this happen to me!!! so annoying after all the effort of making it look pretty – but at least you got the photo before that happened, and you learned your lesson. plus, i bet it still tasted great, which is really the point of all this at the end of the day!

    btw the new box is SUPER cute, can’t wait to see how you use it 🙂

  4. January 26, 2010 7:06 pm

    This is why I just show them the pictures. hehe. Although you are right, the smaller boxes are perfect for small portions and you can really pack it in so it is just as pretty when you open it for lunch. 🙂

  5. January 26, 2010 7:23 pm

    Oh, that has happened to me too! I’ve actually dropped a couple by accident too. All that work to make it beautiful, but it’s a good thing for the before pictures! 😀 Great bento with all of those lovely colors. 😀

  6. January 26, 2010 9:11 pm

    Thanks gamene, melanie & Susan! Glad to know it’s not only me! It was funny when I had to apologise to my colleagues on messing up my lunch when they were expecting a show-and-tell!

    Or maybe subconciously I just wanted an excuse to justify purchasing a ‘proper’ bento box 😉

  7. January 27, 2010 8:12 pm

    Loved this post, and I too have felt saddened by loosely packed bentos looking less than…stellar…at lunchtime! Felt better once I dug into the bento, however messy–so preferable to ready made and anonymous food!So…not only an excuse to buy more bento supples, but to pack your bentos densely with coloful, flavorful foods-yay!

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