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Husband Bento #14 – Tako Meshi

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Today’s bento theme is seafood & vegetable. Trying to cut down my husband red meat intake. I bought some beautiful boiled octopus (tako) yesterday. The boiled octopus is already savoury and by adding it to the rice, it releases wonderful umami flavour to the grains.

Box 1 : Tako Meshi
You can easily find many tako meshi recipes on the web.
Ingredients: 2 cups washed rice, 1 boiled octopus/tako (about 150g) sliced, dried anchovies, julienned ginger (1 knob), 2 tablespoons mirin, 1 tablespoon sake, 1-2 tablespoons light shoyu, 1 piece of kelp (about 8-10 cm), shiso leaf.

Simply place all the ingredients into the rice cooker and cook. Put the anchovies and kelp on the surface, so you can easily remove them later after the rice is cooked. Mix gently and service with some shiso leaves toppings.

Box 2:
Panfried Inari (tofu skin)
Ingredients : 1 Inari skin , mashed cooked yam, cooked prawn, corn and sake

Inari has a sweet taste, by adding earthy yam and the prawn and juicy corn will bring about a nice contrast of flavours. Gently invert the inari skin inside out, exposing the rough texture. Fill the pouch with a mixture of the rest of the ingredients. Heat a little oil in a pan and pan-fry on all sides until lightly crisp. You can add a little sea salt to the filling.

Simmered vegetables
I used choy sum vegetable here. Simply simmer for 1-2 mins in chicken stock.

Crispy Kisu – see recipe on Hubby Bento #3

Kinpira Renkon  – see recipe on Hubby Bento #10


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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