All posts tagged: bento

Sushi Sandwiches/Onigirazu

Sushi sandwich, or “onigirazu” is by far my favorite picnic food! I’ve made it many times for picnic, hiking, and road trips. It’s really convenient and easy to make. Usually I prep the filling and rice one day before, and in the morning, I only need around 30 minutes to assemble them. Fillings for sushi sandwich is very versatile. Any dish without too much sauce or gravy can work. Here are some of my favorites: Ginger pork Teriyaki chicken Tuna corn salad Tomato Tofu Sauce Spam & omelette Sautéed carrots & omelette Sautéed spinach & mushroom After making sushi sandwiches for so many times, here are some tips that I learned from my past experience: Make sure to use warm or hot rice. This will also soften the seaweed sheet and keep the whole sandwich stick together. When stacking the filling, keep in mind where you will cut the sandwich and plan the cross-section accordingly Let the sushi sandwich sit for a few minutes to set Before cutting each sandwich, rinse your knife to prevent …

Mealprep Timeline: Cold Bento, Warm Bento, and Hot Bento

You might have learned that bento originated in Japan as a form of packed dried rice, but do you know that even in nowadays, most Japanese people still eat bento without reheating it? Up till today, most Japanese bento makers still wake up at 4 or 5 am to cook for their loved ones or themselves, so that they can enjoy fresh and delicious bento at lunch time. As a result, most Japanese bentos don’t require reheating and can be served at room temperature. However, it’s extremely difficult to follow this traditional bento preparation schedule. I for one am a lover of delicious bento, but I also love my beauty sleep. I deal with this dilemma by: (1) Breaking up the time of mealprep and assembling bento (2) Reheating bentos based on the type of dishes Separating meal prep and assembly process brings more flexibility to my schedule. Usually I meal prep most of the ingredients and dishes in the weekend, so that during the weekdays, I can quickly bring together meals and bentos. Besides, …

How to eat vegetables without noticing? Welcome to my Fried Rice Bar!

The other day when I was on clubhouse, I heard people talking about meal prep by making a salad bar in the fridge. I’m not a huge fan for salad, but as a vegetable lover, I have something even better—a fried rice bar in my fridge! Now you might be wondering what is a fried rice bar(tm) ? This is an invention of mine. A fried rice bar is a selection of ingredients that you prep ahead to make fried rice in time. My fried rice bar includes diced carrots, diced mushroom, sliced cabbages, trimmed kale, baby spinach, frozen edamame, frozen corn kernels, and most importantly, diced cauliflower and broccoli stem. I love the process of prepping cauliflower and broccoli stems. The outcome is the same as store-bought cauliflower rice, but much more rewarding. I feel so powerful after transferring these tasteless stems into something tasty and valuable. Making vegetable fried rice is my way of eating vegetables without noticing. It’s full filling, easy to make, and so yummy. 3 Steps Vegetable Fried Recipe Yield: …