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Hubby Bento #28 – Stewed Squid and Ume Pork Belly Wrapped Asparagus


This stewed squid is one of the easiest recipe I have tried and its sweet savoury flavour goes well with white rice. It is also often called tender squid stew. Here’s the recipe:

Stewed Squid
1 whole squid cleaned and cut into rings
2 tablespoons each of mirin, sake, sugar and shoyu
2 thin slices of ginger
some whole green peppercorns (optional)
Grated kabosu or lemon zest

Throw all the ingredients except the zest into a small heavy pot. I added some leftover soup stock and bring it to a boil. Then lower the heat to let it slow simmer for 20 minutes. After its cooked, mix in some grated kabosu/ lemon zest before serving

Ume Pork Belly Wrapped Asparagus
Thin slices of Pork Belly
Ume plum paste

This recipe is really easy too. Just spread a little of ume paste on one side of the pork belly. Place 1 asparagus on 1 pork belly slice  and roll them up. Sprinke a little of salt & pepper on the outer side of the rolled pork bellies before sautéing them until the asparagus is cooked and the meat is lightly browned. Be careful ume paste is salty, so moderate the amount of salt used.

Steamed Kabocha カボチャ
Its easy to carve any pattern on the skin once its steamed.

Have a great day ahead! “^x6”


Hubby Bento #01

www.ongling.comTz is having his school holidays now so it gave me sometime to pour a little ♥ on my hubby. I made him bento lunch today. Men is easily contented when wife made them lunch or dinner. And when I put a little extra effort in doing something different for him which does not cost me anything but time, I can ask for a little something special in return the next day… haha… well…. most of the time it works so long he does not take the special lunch bentos for granted >ω<

So today’s bento was a “spur of the moment” recipe as I wasn’t intending to wake up early to make him lunch and trust me, I was not planning to ask him for anything. The ingredients I used here are not pre-planned, just what I had in the fridge.

Hubby Bento #01:

Rice topped with shiso leaves furikake I bought from a little supermarket in Nozawa Onsen in Japan.

Salt-grilled Japanese okra…. just the way hubby likes it, simple.

Shoyu ginger-marinated grilled chicken wings, all wings separated in halves for quicker marinating about 20 minutes.

Soft-in-the-center boiled egg

Added sliced steamed carrots and coriander for decorating.

Voilá! His bento done in 30 minutes.

Happy lunch, happy hubby, happy me!

Note. Shiso leaves, bamboo leaves are generally used to keep the food in the bento safe from bacteria. I used coriander here too as I think it has similar properties.