Since my last couple of bentos were paticularly uninspired, I decided to go a bit fancier with this one. I'm starting to really like the one-tier boxes better because there is so much more room to work with and I can fit things under the lid better.
Jasmine rice with grape tomato, baby corn and nori flower. Sliced baby carrots. Heart-shaped eggs sprinkled with curry powder on wakame (seaweed salad). Out of the box is a mooncake and a mini-pudding.
Unfortunately, the mooncake pictured was the last of my lotus seed mooncakes. :( So I went back to the store today and they had all their mooncake sets marked down. Yay! Unfortunately, the only set they had that was solely lotus seed was the most expensive at 4 for $22 (after the discount). I bypassed it in favor of a 4-pack assortment for $11...one of which was lotus seed. These were the larger, more ornate kind that I had been looking for before. They also had some nice larger assortments of smaller cakes that I might go back and get when/if they do more markdowns.
I love the boxes these come in...they're so pretty! I'll probably save them to use as little gift boxes.
A closeup of one of the mooncakes.
I'll have to take another pic when I unwrap it to eat since the reflection of the plastic interferes.
Monday's bento was just thrown together, so I didn't take a pic. I'm trying not to lose my bento motivation. I'm going to try to post something here everyday...even if it's not bento pics just so I don't feel like I have to make a picture-worthy bento every day.
Contents: Ramen noodles w/furikake, shrimp & edamame shaomai, baby corn, baby carrots, and yakgwa cookie.
No bento on Tuesday because I had a migraine Monday night and went to bed early...then didn't have time in the morning to toss something together.
Today's bento is fun and exciting however. I took pics, but haven't had a chance to post them yet. A new entry will be posted this evening with pics. I got to try out some of my new goodies. Yay!
Thanks to Vanessa's teacher, I found a store that sold mooncakes! They had a pretty decent variety, though they didn't have any individual ones...they were all in gift boxes. So I snagged the cheapest one they had...8 for $12.99. If we weren't so broke, I would've gotten one of the more expensive ones because these were just a little disappointing. For one thing, they were rather small compared to what size I though they'd be and, most of all, they were very plain. I had been looking forward to the ornately-embossed ones. Ah well...as you can see from the pics, I went ahead and ate one. It was ooohhh so yummy! The crust was very flaky...it practically fell apart when I cut into the cake...and the filling was lotus seed paste with salted duck egg yolks. I can't even describe the taste because it was like nothing I'd ever had before...slightly sweet with a bit of saltiness from the egg yolk.
EDITED to add that apparently the box I got is a mix because the mooncake I ate last night had red bean paste, not lotus seed. I like the lotus seed better...it has a more delicate flavor to it.
As you can see, it came with a nice gift box and matching gift bag. Spiffy!
I also picked up some choco-banana Pocky and mini-puddings. Yum yum! Sugar rush, here I come!
Tomorrow's lunch bento is essentially a copy of what I just had for dinner tonight. I don't mind eating it more than once if it's as yummy as this was. :) The layout is kind of boring, I will admit...but I really didn't feel like jazzing it up much today. The only difference between dinner and lunch is the Lychee Coconut Jelly that I'd forgotten I had. It was given to Munchkin, along with a few other oriental snacks about a month back when her preschool was doing an "Around the World" theme for the week. Her teacher is Chinese, so she gave them goodie bags of Chinese snacks and little toys. Ooo....that makes me realize that I could probably ask the teacher where to buy moon cakes. I'll have to remember that tomorrow when I drop Munchkin off.
Chicken katsu, tonkatsu sauce in mini-bottle, wakame (seaweed salad), lychee coconut jelly
Yakgwa (Korean fried honey cookie) in lid
I stopped by the Oriental market today, hoping to pick up a moon cake or two for the upcoming Moon Festival, but alas, I guess Korean-owned markets don't carry them, because there was not a one to be found. :( I did, however, pick up a few other yummy items...panko, frozen mixed seafood, shrimp and edamame gyoza, and some "traditional Korean cookies" (which, after a bit of research, I have found are yakgwa
The panko was for making chicken katsu...which I jumped right in and made for dinner this evening. OMG...it was sooo good!! The panko just makes it...it gives it such a different texture than regular bread crumbs. I normally do not like making anything fried, but this was super-yummy. The recipe I used was from JustBento
(even though the link in my "Bento Things to Try" is for the recipe at CookingCute...I might try that one next time) because it was simpler. I figured I'd try it first, then add more seasonings if I felt like it. I also whipped up some simple tonkatsu sauce with ketchup and worchestershire sauce. I'm not sure if I got it right because it's been ages since I've had real tonkatsu sauce...but it was good.
Chicken katsu, wakame (seaweed salad), tonkatsu sauce
(I restrained myself and didn't eat all four pieces...I just had two and put the other two in my bento for tomorrow)
I got a late start on this last night, so by the time I got done, I was too tired to come upload it and post...and didn't have enough time this morning to do so either. So, without further ado...here's today's lunch bento:
Bottom: Chicken Omuraisu (omelet) w/ ketchup heart, sprinkled with sesame seeds, stir-fry veggies
Top: Tropical fruit salad, Black Forest mini-cupcakes
Side: Rice cracker mix
The omuraisu recipe is from JustBento
and was very good....even though it probably would have been better fresh instead of having been refrigerated and reheated in the microwave at lunch. I'll have to try again one day when I can eat it fresh because it tastes like it would be the next best thing to the omelets I absolutely loved when I was in Korea.
A fun little meme from Very Good Taste
The Omnivore’s Hundred
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. (The ones I love are in red, the ones I don't like are
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at Very Good Taste linking to your results.
So, here I present…
Raven's Omnivore’s Hundred
- Nettle tea
- Huevos rancheros
- Steak tartare (Haven't actually had steak tartare, but a Korean version called yukhoe...yummy!.)
- Crocodile (Does alligator count?)
- Black pudding
- Cheese fondue
- Baba ghanoush
- PB&J sandwich
- Aloo gobi
- Hot dog from a street cart
- Black truffle
- Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (There's a winery right down the road that makes the most fabulous apple wine. Plus, an ex-bf of mine made some very yummy homemade chokecherry wine...mmmm.)
- Steamed pork buns
Pistachio ice cream (I'm not a fan of pistachios)
- Heirloom tomatoes
- Fresh wild berries (we have wild strawberries growing in our yard)
- Foie gras
- Rice and beans
Brawn, or head cheese
- Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
- Dulce de leche
- Bagna cauda
- Wasabi peas
- Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
- Salted lassi
- Root beer float
- Cognac with a fat cigar (Please, a cigar is not food...ditto)
- Clotted cream tea
- Vodka jelly/Jell-O
- Curried goat
- Whole insects
- Goat’s milk
- Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (had a $60 one though...an ex-bf was into scotch)
- Chicken tikka masala
- Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
- Sea urchin
- Prickly pear
- McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
- Dirty gin martini
- Beer above 8% ABV
- Carob chips
- Kaolin (??? - the only reference I can find to this is a type of clay)
- Frogs’ legs
- Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (All of the above…yyuummmm)
- Fried plantain
Chitterlings, or andouillette
- Caviar and blini
- Louche absinthe
- Gjetost, or brunost
Roadkill (not knowingly...but that squid jerky they sold from those little carts in Korea sure looked like it could've been)
- Baijiu (I've had the Korean version, sujo)
- Hostess Fruit Pie
- Lapsang souchong
- Tom yum
- Eggs Benedict
- Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
- Kobe beef
- Criollo chocolate
- Soft shell crab
- Rose harissa
- Mole poblano
- Bagel and lox
- Lobster Thermidor
- Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
63%....not bad, but not as high as I thought it would be. However, there are a few adventurous things I have eaten that are not on this list...mainly when I was stationed in Korea.
Munchkin's preschool is having show 'n' tell tomorrow where they have to bring something that is yellow, square, or begins with a "b". We decided that her square fairy bento box would be ideal. So...being that I have to show off just a little ;), I planned out a nice snack box for her, using the some of the cute accessories I got in today. Since the preschool provides food, I deicded against doing a full lunch-type bento and opted instead for just a few little snack items that she could share.
Mozzerella cheese and turkey bologna on animal picks, baby carrots, baby corn, rainbow goldfish crackers, boston creme mini-cupcake, lined with spinach
And I couldn't forget myself of course. Since Munchkin doesn't like rice (!!!), I get to experiment with all the rice-related stuff myself. I used the egg mold to make the heart-shaped onigiri.
Top tier: Heart-shaped onigiri with salmon furikake, soy sauce in fish bottle
Bottom tier: Edamame, mozzerella cheese and turkey on animal picks, tropical fruit salad