Bento 91: Ochazuke soba
What?? Ochazuke soba?! Yes, I know, I know – ochazuke is traditionally made with rice, like my bento of ochazuke here. However, I have been sick with food poisoning last week and a cold this week, and have been having hot food for lunch to keep me warm. It is just slightly above freezing outside; unseasonably cold for October, even in the UK.
And cold weather always calls for hot noodle soup – something that is not easy to replicate on a bento-level. Keeping the soup warm, transporting liquid – not really recommended for my commute to work. So I whipped out the ochazuke mix, which turns into a very tasty salmon-flavoured green tea. This is then poured over my soba/wakame/sesame mix (make sure to rinse well after boiling and properly drained), with a variety of other side dishes to turn it into a healthy and nutritious meal.
In my little tiffin, I have soba mixed in with wakame & sesame, sliced roast chicken, two wedge of purple potato, purple carrot rounds (cutting them into flowers would’ve remove that purply bit unfortunately), peapods and slices of baked sweet harlequin pumpkin. Not bad huh. Most of it were thrown together from leftovers, the only thing that I cooked was the soba noodles, taking 2 mins boiling.
Fast, tasty and more importanly, WARMING. Perfect lunch for such chilly weather.