These are the bento I packed over the weekend. A full day-out on Saturday, and dinner out on Sunday.
This was the main lunch bento, which comprised:
1) Sandwich made from homemade wholewheat bread. I spread one slice with butter, the other with a mix of fresh, grated wasabi root mixed with Japanese mayo (oh dear oh dear, got to stop relying on commercial mayo…!). The filling was crockpot-roasted chicken (recipe here), pan-fried abalone mushroom and a mix of alfafa & radish sprouts, with salt for seasoning. I wasn’t sure how the tastes would combine, and worried that there were too many bitter flavours (wasabi, abalone mushroom & the sprouts) but in the end it was utterly delicious!
2) Pieces of guava in the orange silicone baking cup.
3) Sticks of fried Japanese sweet potato (purple skin).
4) Skewers of tiny longish tomatoes (organic from Thailand, can’t remember the name of the variety) with de-seeded cucumber chunks. A close-up of the animal skewers from Daiso below.
The lunch box I used was a 1.1litre from Lock & Lock lookalike brand, Everin. In general, I’ve found that Lock & Lock lookalikes, although cheaper, don’t have as sealing clips that fit as well as those on Lock & Lock.
Additional snacks for morning & afternoon tea and all-day muching
(Above) A two-tiered bento (purchased from Daiso):
Top layer: heart-shaped onigiri mixed & topped with furikake, sticks of fried Japanese sweet potato.
Bottom layer: red bean + soy milk agar-agar in pig-shaped mould, Pu-Erh tea agar-agar in round cup. Read more in my posting on agar agar.
(Above) Packham pear with Greek yoghurt sprinkled with cinnamon. This is packed in a Lock & Lock box from the EZ-Lock range which seals tight in the middle so the yoghurt can’t leak across the divider (unlike regular Lock & Lock).
(Above) Stack of five Double Wheat cookies in airtight container.
Sunday bento: dinner
A two-tiered bento (purchased from Daiso) filled with leftovers from lunch:
Bottom layer (pink): sushi rice topped with furikake
Top layer (yellow): sitr-fried cauliflower+cabbage in pink silicone baking cup, stir-fried pork with leek & garlic, tempe, homemade salted egg.