Bento no. 16: cold soba salad
Not really a bento to be honest – other than the fact that it came in my burger bento box, it’s hardly a bento! It’s just noodle & fresh veggies – one of the most basic of Japanese meals. Well, slightly fusion soba salad, as I added veggies on it, no leeks but random pieces of veg :).
I topped boiled and blanched cold soba (buckwheat) noodles with carrots and cucumber stars (hid the cutout pieces under the soba..heehee), add a dollop of wasabi and top with toasted sesame seed & nanami togarashi. All to be mixed in with my side of tsuyu sauce (soy sauce based dipping sauce) as you eat. In hindsight, I should’ve added strips of egg omelet, ham and crabstick – but for some reason I really fancied something very plain. I packed extra nori on the top layer and a pack of pocky as well – but I think what I really craved was that soy sauce-mirin-vineger flavour!
All packed into my hamburger bento – with my Winne the Pooh portable chopsticks. I love em chopsticks – they were the first portable pair that I ever bought, 1998 in Hong Kong in one of the random pop-up markets that seem to dot the island.