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Hubby Bento #06 – Seared Mackerel on Rice


Seared mackerel on rice

Today’s main dish on my hubby’s lunch bento is Mackerel. I marinated it with white miso paste to give it a little sweetness to the flavour and the sugar in the miso gave a nice charred colour when I seared it.

Alongside the main, I grilled some wild carrots, shiitake mushroom, chicken karaage, tomago-yaki and pan seared chives wrapped in bacon & fish maw tube.

Fish maw is the dried form of fish air bladder. I usually used it in soup or Chinese stew. This is the first time I used it in a wrap. Its texture is chewy, similar to a fish ball.

Author: ongling

Hi, I have been making bento lunch boxes for my toddler son for a year. Its a challenge everyday to think of new bento ideas to excite him. The creations are endless and took a lot of trial and errors. But most importantly, his bento lunches must deliver 3 key goals: exciting presentation (eye appeal), exciting tastes (texture & ingredients) and exciting adventures (dare to try; food play). Recently, I started making my husband lunch bentos too for work after he got envious of seeing beautiful bentos prepared by Japanese wives on Japanese TV network. I am learning and picking up skills from many talented bento makers everyday to improve myself. Here are some of my creations I would like to share with you. Apart from bentos, there some travel stories and little things i enjoy doing related to food and culture in this blog. So enjoy and share your thoughts with me.

2 thoughts on “Hubby Bento #06 – Seared Mackerel on Rice

  1. Is that a wooden box you use? I have one but am a bit afraid of using it for fear of staining or retaining smell. I do love it though, it’s so pretty.

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    • Yes, its a magewappa cedar wood box. Its true when I sterilise with hot water, the wood scent is stronger but after it cools, the scent is very faint. You don’t worry about staining. I tried and tested with placing oil absorbent paper as a base before I fill it with food, the paper stayed clear of wood stain at the end of the day. I read somewhere that cedar wood keeps away bacteria and absorbs moisture more so the sushi rice stay fluffy and not sticky at lunch and the food stay fresh longer. Our climate here is humid. But it does need a little more care cos its wood, it can warp. Anyway, the lacquer they use to coat the wooden box is tree sap, so its natural.

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