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    Back to School Special: Bento Box (or Lunch Box) Recipes!

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    mmmpork
    Mon Jan 02, 2006 3:28 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    bento boxes are a great way to provide nutritional lunches while appeasing aesthetic needs. i believe the experience of lunch is enhanced when the lunch is packed thoughtfully and beautifully with a variety of items. i keep a photo bento blog of lunches i pack for myself and my boyfriend, access the link under my profile if you are interested! i'd also like to know of any other bento blogs others have stumbled across!
    T. Washoi
    Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:24 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    JAWS in the box

    A huge elephant in your small bento box! icon_biggrin.gif

    The eyes are sesame seeds.


    Last edited by T. Washoi on Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:19 am, edited 1 time in total
    wandering japanese chef
    Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:13 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    This topic is so great!! icon_biggrin.gif at the heart of every bento is the onigiri at the heart of a oniguri is Umeboshi the japanese pickeld plum or some outher pickeld itum. I have heard that Umeboshi are sweet and tasty is that true i have never had one? I guess i think an onigiri would taste something like this... The nori (seaweed) i think would be slightly salty maybe and i think we all know whar rice is like then the pikkeld plum would be sweet but with traces of salty vinager. Does that sound right? I'm just wondering?

    Oh and for asian food go to http://www.koamart.com/
    it's a great site!!

    Akikobay
    Tue Jan 17, 2006 7:35 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    wandering japanese chef wrote:
    This topic is so great!! icon_biggrin.gif at the heart of every bento is the onigiri at the heart of a oniguri is Umeboshi the japanese pickeld plum or some outher pickeld itum. I have heard that Umeboshi are sweet and tasty is that true i have never had one? I guess i think an onigiri would taste something like this... The nori (seaweed) i think would be slightly salty maybe and i think we all know whar rice is like then the pikkeld plum would be sweet but with traces of salty vinager. Does that sound right? I'm just wondering?

    Oh and for asian food go to http://www.koamart.com/
    it's a great site!!



    While I don't find umeboshi overtly vinegary or citrusy, I probably wouldn't describe it as "sweet." It's sour, but the flavor is different from the sour in dill pickles or lemon juice. Does that make any sense? I can't think of what I'd liken it to. Maybe someone else will have a better description...

    It's wonderful in onigiri! The onigiri flavor I love best is when my mom's made them for me. I get the ever so slightly salty rice (my mom uses slightly salted water to shape the onigiri) along with the nori and the surprise in the middle. Sometimes it's umeboshi, sometimes it's salmon, but it's always a surprise. I feel like I can taste a little bit of my mom's heart in each bite.
    mmmpork
    Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:30 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    umeboshi vary according to what variety you get. they are generally very salty. i prefer the shiso variety (a type of japanese herb) as the saltiness has a slight sweetness to it.

    other tsukemono (japanese pickles) have differing flavors depending on the style of pickling. some are sour like western pickles while others are sweet. the simplest pickles are items that are just salted.

    rice doesn't have to have just umeboshi, often other things are mixed in with it or on top of it, or in the case of onigiri wrapped up inside of it. furikake is a type of topping that comes in a variety of flavors from nori to salmon to dried umeboshi.

    nori is not salty. it's more of a toasted fishy taste. aonori is shredded toasted nori and has a really good flavor that can be used as a rice or meat topping (or for yakisoba or okonomiyaki).

    rather than speculate about these flavors i highly recommend you try them!!!
    wandering japanese chef
    Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:19 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    thanks everyone, I would love to try oniguri but I live in a small town in iowa and would have to travel a few houars to even hope to find thr ingreadents or a place that sells oniguri. I could buy all the ingreedants over the web but what if I come to dislike it?? then i would have waisted my money and the food cannot be returnd so i was just trying to see if the taste of the itums would be something i might enjoy.So, I like salty pickkeld itums so i may like umiboshi, i love rice, and i dont mind a fishy taste like nori, so I think i would injoy oniguri! I may have to just buy the itums from the web and pray to god i will like it! LOL! but if anybody knows where I can buy oniguri on the web in small amounts so i can try it without haveing to buy all the ingredents let me know. Thank you everyone icon_biggrin.gif
    mmmpork
    Thu Jan 19, 2006 4:25 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/

    also, if you live near a university town, there should be an international grocery store of some kind near you.

    nori is available in health food stores or health food cooperatives or in the health food section of a mainstream grocery store.

    my recommendation is to find a health food or specialty food store in your area where you can ask around for these things. i once lived in a small town in Kansas and was amazed at the variety of foods that were available once i started looking around.
    wandering japanese chef
    Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:57 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    thanks leggo my obento and its funny but i found that site just today befor i even cheaked the fourm! but a great sigjestion and an awsome site!

    the packige they offer gives you all the stuff you need to make oniguri!! well all but the rice, and i don't think the nori is included but they sell the nori sepritly so this is totaly an anser to prayer!
    liveing in the small city of Spencer Iowa there arnt any helth food stores or asian stores so I rely on the net and it has not been dissapointing!! Thanks everyone for replying to my first post ever on the site!! God bless!! icon_biggrin.gif
    T. Washoi
    Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:30 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    One day, I got a request to make a cat-like rice ball.

    As always, people request more when we get somthing. This time, the person demanded more taste in plain white rice, so I added salmon flake and aonori seaweed powder in rice.

    Allow me to upload a photo of my cat, though it is the year of the dog. icon_biggrin.gif


    Last edited by T. Washoi on Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:20 am, edited 1 time in total
    mmmpork
    Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:58 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    are they made with real cat? icon_twisted.gif


    Last edited by mmmpork on Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:19 pm, edited 1 time in total
    T. Washoi
    Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:30 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    leggo my obento! wrote:
    are they made with real cat?


    Oh, just rice, seaweed paste, pickled daikon and egg york.

    My cat don't eat the rice balls or is not eaten by the rice ball cats. His favorites are edamame bean as well as fish.
    HeatherFeather
    Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:25 am
    Food.com Groupie
    Wow..I just found this old thread and am bumping it to the top again as it contains lots of pertinent info for the start of school year. This is exactly the kind of info I have been looking for as my DD is enraptured with Japan's culture and so we have been eagerly looking up Bento box recipes together.

    I love the photos from that special you saw..oh how I would love to see that episode. The watermelon sushi was so beautiful.
    Poodlebud
    Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:11 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Here is a website with pictures of bentos. If you go to the links and resourses tab, you'll find lots of other sites with bentos and bento item sellers. icon_wink.gif http://cookingcute.com/gallery.htm
    Akikobay
    Thu Aug 24, 2006 8:14 am
    Food.com Groupie
    This is a Japanese site that has wonderful pictures of Bento and lots of ideas. I know I've posted this before, but I can't find that post.


    Bento
    groovyrooby
    Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:02 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    i think this is the most amazing cookbook i have ever seen on this site! very well organized with great photos and descriptions! thanks for the wonderful ideas! your efforts really paid off.
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