Little thrills, little trips, little ideas


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www.ongling.comTz’s summer holidays are coming soon! Cant wait to take a break from making his bentos with my eyes half-open everyday in the wee hours of the morning. (=∩x∩=)

Today, I used left-over kyuri (Japanese cucumber) to shape out little cactus characters. The kyuri is halved and partially hollowed out to fill in a piece of hanpen (Japanese fish cake). I cut out holes for the faces before fitting in the hanpen and used nori for eyes and mouth.

Edamame & Hotate Rice 
Cook 1 cup rice in the rice cooker with light vegetable broth instead of water, add in a few pieces of dried scallops and before 8-10 minutes before the cooking cycle completes, add in edamame.

Pork yakitori 
This is asian style yakitori, I made a quick spice paste with 2-3 garlic cloves, pepper, 2-3 coriander roots, sprinkle of brown sugar and sake using a pestle and motar. I used the paste to marinate the pork belly cubes overnight. Before grilling them, I added some fish sauce, mirin and sea salt to the meat. I grilled them til golden brown and used a pair of scissors to remove any charred bits.

Tomago yaki
Mix 1 egg, some vegetable stock, miring and cook over very low heat.

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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