Inspired by her book; I attempted to make a bento for one of our family's "It's a Beautiful Day" eat out night. This ritual was born out of a ploy on my part to get out of making dinner on Friday nights..and it worked! If the weather is nice (and oh, did you know we live in Hawaii??), we head out to the town center in our community; buy take out dinners; sit at one of the tables surrounding the center stage, enjoying the outdoors; entertained by hula dancers or a singing group, and a perhaps play in the Friday night bingo game. It's a relaxing way to end the week.
I don't have much bento making supplies so this is my first bento box ... filled with sesame chicken, fried dumpling, a tomato (and a very tasty one at that), kamaboko (fish cake), and a faceless bear (poor thing).
The sesame chicken was ono-licious : local speak for 'oh so delicious'. The recipe is from the book which I'll share in a moment.
Bento making is FUN. I put together another one for last Friday; this time with kaarage shrimp as the main course. Sorry no pics ... for the rice I made these cuties from the book
|A picture from Hawai'i's Bento Box Cookbook|
I did buy more bento making stuffs at a local Japanese store this past weekend ... oh, oh, I feel a 'collection' starting..and after I decluttered my kitchen ... the cycle never ends.
|cylinder shaped musubi molds to make the Bento Boys|
4 T mochiko flour
4 T cornstarch
4 T sugar
2 T shoyu (soy sauce)
2 T oyster sauce
2 tsp black sesame seeds
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
Combine the mochiko flour, cornstarch, sugar, eggs, shoyu, oyster sauce, and black sesame seeds in a large bowl; stir until mixed well. Add chicken and marinate overnight. Before frying, mix the chicken in the marinade well. Drop the chicken one at a time into hot oil and deep fry until browned and cooked through.
"It's a Beautiful Day"