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Hubby Bento #07 – Summer Rice

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Summer Rice

I got some inspiration from many of the beautiful mixed rice balls made by talented Japanese ladies on Instagram, thought I will do my own version of coloured rice with various natural ingredients, mashed purple sweet potato, fried egg and steamed grated carrots.

You can mix the rice up to eat or savour individual flavour separately. Just steam sweet potato and grated carrots and mix them with rice. As for the egg, scramble the egg with a little salt over low heat to prevent the egg from turning brown quickly, before it sets, add in the white rice and mix well until the egg is fully cooked.

Accompanying the rice are:

Okinawan Goya with minced pork and tiny dried shrimp (Tokusen Ko Ebi) fillings simmered in bonita & anchovies stock*
Chicken Karaage – recipe on Little Goat Boy? post
Chilled okra salad sprinkled with sea salt and lemon juice & rind.

*Bonita and anchovies stock can be made easily with a small pot of water, a handful of bonita flakes and some dried anchovies. bring to a boil and let it simmer for 5- 6 minutes. Turn out the heat and let it sit covered for 10 minutes. Do not overcook the bonita as it may leave a bitter aftertaste in the stock. Remove the bonita before using.

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.

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