Bento 102: Fried rice bunnies
Fried rice makes an awesome staple for bentos. Leftover rice can be easily transformed into another delicious and tasty meal that is totally different from the initial incarnation of plain white rice. Oil, seasonings, egg , veggies and bits of meat turns plain white rice into a one-dish wholesome meal. It is good eaten cold or hot – so you can have it your way. I keep coming back to fried rice whenever I had cooked too much rice for dinner the day before. This was from the weekend; bacon overcooked rice and it’s been sat in the fridge for a few days. Which is even better for fried rice, as it needs to dry out slightly in order to be turned into fried rice.
Today’s bento consist of a portion of fried rice which I included sliced polony, sweetcorn and fresh beans. I fashioned a baran out of lettuce, popped in a couple of cherry toms on top of baby spinach leaves and a clementine held in by some steamed brocollini and cucumber. The slightly pink/purple strips between my tomatoes are shizabuke; Japanese eggplant pickle. I cut two bunnies from polony and placed them on top of a shred of spinach leaf for contrast.
Inclusive of cooking time, this bento took a total of 20 minutes to prep, cook and pack. Not only that, I also used the fried rice as dinner – two meals in one = score! Word of warning – make sure that the bento has fully cooled down before packing it away!