べんと Bento!

Posted: September 17, 2011 in food
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My ballerina Hello Kitty bento box

My ballerina Hello Kitty bento box, soon to be filled with awesomeness

I’ve always been intrigued by the awesomeness of bento ever since I was introduced to this Japanese concept years ago in my Japanese design history class. It’s not just about a convenient way to carry your lunch; it’s straight up a genuine art form. Now, I know there’s a difference between lunch bento and art bento, but I’ve never seen a bento that didn’t look gorgeous. With this post, I’m beginning a new category in the cloud: Food.

I love stumbling upon things. Don’t you? My most recent stumble-upon is a bento blog, a very nifty one, called “Just Bento,” in which the author writes along side another blog called “Just Hungry.” Both are truly fascinating, and I will link to them a bit later. It started when I ventured a trip to Wegman’s, which is an epic supermarket. I could live in their international food aisle (and quite possibly their tea and candy sections), with the rows and rows of Japanese goodness that line the shelves. One of my many purchases from that aisle was a box of もちこ (mochiko, now that I know how to write in hiragana, I’m going to, a lot). It’s a rice flour used to make mochi and dango, pretty much two things I’ve been itching to try myself for quite awhile.

Anyway, I asked my brother’s fiance, Mayumi, if she knew of any good mochi recipes, and she told me about mochi in fruit punch. Curious, I do what every curious person does, I Googled it. I came across a fantastic recipe for mochi sushi, which was featured on the aforementioned blog. Then, I got sucked into reading about bento boxes and realized that I could start making them myself right now. So why not? It’ll be less expensive than always buying lunch at work, it’ll definitely be healthier, and it’ll be fun to do.

So tomorrow, the adventure begins. I’m going to make おにぎり (onigiri) stuffed with edamame, たまごやき(tamagoyaki, a Japanese egg dish), and those mochi sushi. Then I will attempt to assemble a lunch box for work on Sunday. I’m looking forward to it, and can’t wait to post my success (and possible failures). いただきます (itadakimasu)!

Just Bento & Just Hungry
The fruit and mochi sushi recipe can be found here.

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