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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”

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Mr Furball bento


It’s not easy to prepare food for Tz’s lunch as he has only 30 mins to finish his meal in school. As a 3 year old, he is still mastering the cutleries, getting better but he still prefers to use his fingers. So I tried to combine all the ingredients in easy-to-grab  combo. The mini skewers are very convenient for use for any kebabs and they look neat in the box and double up as a utensil.

Sleeping furball – I can’t decide if it’s a lion or a merino sheep. Tz thinks it’s a lion. It’s simply onigiri coated with Bonita flakes. I placed  a round piece of cellophane paper on the face portion while coating. This will keep the face clean . Nori for eyes and nose

Meat roll – crab stick and carrots wrapped in  think pork slices

squid skewer – Tz favorite.