Sunday, 22 March 2009

On the road and last week's bento

I am currently away on a conference trip. I have already prepared articles to be posted the coming week so there will still be updates. There will be no bento for the whole of next week (unless AP decides to make one himself!) but here are some made last week:

This was made when I found myself out of any form of meat and two bento to make for lunch the next day. There was rice leftover from dinner, and extra vegetables, but I did not buy enough chicken to have dinner leftovers.

Chicken rice (rice cooked in chicken broth, with minced ginger, garlic and screwpine leaves), chicken cakes, kailan and bok choy in oyster sauce, and little container of chopped spring onions, garlic and soy sauce dip:

Thankfully, I remembered there was a little stash of minced chicken in the freezer (extra from a meal). I defrosted it overnight and made chicken cakes the next morning. They were pretty quick to make. Just add 2 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp sake, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp corn flour. Mix well with hands, shape into small patties and pan fry in a little bit of oil. (They are essentially nori wrapped chicken cakes, except I had no time to fuss with nori sheets.) It would have been better if I actually made them and then froze them. Still, they did not take too long, about 20 minutes, while I reheated the rice and boiled vegetables at the same time.

This bread-based bento was packed in very cute containers sent to us by a friend from Singapore, which I will talk about in another post. The lower tier had a sausage and garlic bun (I love Chinese bakaries, their variety is awesome), the upper tier had salad, mini mandarin and a container of salad dressing.


The sandwich bento: ham and cheese sandwich, grapes, strawberries and mini mandarin. A very simple lunch jazzed up with some cute picks that I bought from Daiso last weekend.



VeggieGirl said...

Loove boy choy!!

Cute flag picks!! :-D

Good luck with the rest of your trip!!

Emily said...

I love how you make even a basic lunch tasty and whimsical. I've never commented before, but your bento posts are my favorites!

sugarlens said...

I spot Doraemon! I would love to have that bento box - and the contents inside, of course.

Maya said...

Cute bento boxes!!! Good luck with the conference!

Zoe said...

*smug smile*


Nic said...

That sausage and garlic bun looks fantastic! I was just wondering where you got the lock & lock box with the dividers in it?

Nilmandra said...

Veggie girl: Thanks I love the flag picks too :)

Emily: Thanks, that's very sweet of you :)

Sugarlens: Well spotted!

Maya: Thanks, it went pretty well. Although I had some problems on the way back when my flight was cancelled... But I am home now!

Zoe: Hehe... They are getting used! :)

Nic: Lots of people have asked that question. I am adding it to a bento FAQ that I am compiling. I bought those rectangular Lock & Lock containers in the UK, which does not seem to have available in North America. In the US and Canada, there is another style of square Lock & Lock containers with 4 inner dividers (in equal quarters), which I have not seen in the UK. You should be able to find one or the other (depending on your location) at most department stores (kitchenware department) or other homeware/cookware shops. Places online like also sells Lock & Lock.

Nic said...

I'm in the UK, I've tried John Lewis and Sainsbury's but can't find any with dividers there! I have loads of the normal ones and recently found a 450ml box with dividers in M&S but thats the closest I've come! What size are your ones with dividers?

Nilmandra said...

Nic: I bought mine from a Lakeland store in Nottingham. Maybe you can see if there is one near you. I have seen them at John Lewis in Nottingham too, but the selection changes from time to time. The ones I have are 800ml capacity. Sorry I can't be of more help. I hope you track them down soon!

Nic said...

Thank you so much :) My parents live near Nottingham and i'm going home for Easter so I will definitely have a look!

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