Sunday, 11 May 2008

Snack bento and furikake on rice

This was a snack bento that I made for a strange day when I was having a late lunch as well as very late dinner (both work-related socialising events). The strawberries (tiny and really red, the sweetest I've had so far this year) and blueberries with Greek yogurt was for mid-morning. Homemade banana bread in the top tier was for late-afternoon tea. I've had people asking whether the yogurt would spill or mess up my bag. The lids of this container are not air/watertight. But the silicon cup was wedged firmly with the berries around it, the container goes into a small drawstring bag (kinchaku) and I also carry the bento upright in my work bag. No accidents so far! The yogurt was very thick though; I wouldn't carry sauces or soups or anything too fluid in containers that are not watertight.

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Sticky rice with salmon furikake, vegetable gyoza, cocktail sausages and grilled asparagus.

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I bought this salmon and cod roe furikake at a Japanese store when I was in Boston a few weeks ago. Furikake are dried sprinkles frequently used on top of rice, soups and other savoury dishes and normally consists of sesame seeds, nori (seaweed), bonito flakes (dried tuna), and other dried ingredients. Other than coordinating the colours of the main food items, furikake (rice sprinkles) is another useful ingredient for adding a dash of colour to your bento. I like this sprinkling of pink, which adds some nice colour to the plain rice. If you have access to shops that sell them or plan to order some bento items online, consider experimenting with different types of furikake (for example, ume/plum, egg, salmon, wasabi) for different colours as well as flavours.

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13 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

such a lovely, cute snack bento!

noobcook said...

the berries look so fresh & juicy, I am so envious :D Lunchbox 1 looks really healthy!! But it's lunchbox 2 I am really eyeing now, haha.

I like using the furikake to sprinkle over Japanese rice, and shaping the rice into onigiris :D

didally said...

I just got myself a bottle of furikake as well. On days when we have light and healthier dinners, we'll sprinkle some on our rice.

Very appetizing bentos as always. :)

daphne said...

the bento looks amazing. I like adding furikake to rice as well..it just brings omph to it.

tigerfish said...

I sprinkled furikake on soba before and totally love it! But it was not so luxurious with cod and salmon...:P

diva@theSugarBar said...

i give a huge thumbs up to furikake. it makes everything better. love your bento. it's so cute! :)

Maya said...

Like tigerfish I sprinkle some furikake on my soba noodles.

Nilmandra said...

Veggiegirl: Helped with the hunger pangs too!

Noobcook: That's what I really love here, the lovely (and relatively cheap) berries. Just much much better than the imported fruits in Singapore. But then, conversely, I've never had a good mango here, and I miss papaya, durian, lychee and longan a lot, heh...

Didally: It's such an easy way to jazz up plain rice :)

Daphne: Yeah, I can't imagine I only discovered them last year!

Tigerfish: Only because I spotted them in Boston, heh. And they were not expensive either! I think only a few dollars for a small jar/container, which will last a while.

Diva: Thanks!

Maya: Ooh that reminds me, should add them to the cold soba that I plan to do for dinner tonight :)

mycookinghut said...

Your bento always looks so nice and healthy!!

noble pig said...

Very cute, I love the furikake idea. You are an artist!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Wow I wish I had the time to pack bentos for lunch.

Heather said...

I love togarashi furikake. I don't have any of the interesting ones you mentioned, but now I will keep an eye out for them when I'm at Uwajimaya.

Nilmandra said...

My Cooking Hut & Noble pig: Thanks!

Marc: I tend to pack them the night before, right after dinner, so that saves me time in the morning. And if I do them in the morning I'll chop and prepare everything the night before so cooking time is minimal. It's worth the effort for a good lunch :)

Heather: You have access to Uwajimaya! I'm envious!

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