Saturday, September 30, 2006

New bento boxes. <3

Love me little. Love me long.

... or so says the cover of my new polka dot bento boxes. Got them when I met up with my parents at a nearby mall a couple of weeks ago. Sigh. I haven't seen them in months and they were late again, so I ended up shopping. One reason why I don't like it when people are late... it literally costs me money. Hehehe... all for a good cause, though.

My first batch of blue bento boxes, and my first pink one, too (I'm just not a pink kind of person...).

Meanwhile, the pink putifresh box claims that "Happy fruits is very delicious. I will eat this and will become fortunate all together."

Gotta love Engrish, sometimes. Hehe.

Pink box. Around the same capacity as the Urara boxes. (also comes in green with grape design)

Blue box. Slightly roomier than the Urara boxes. Automatically claimed by boyfriend, ofcourse. ^_^;; (also comes in pink)

Triple-layered box. (also comes in pink)

Size comparisons between the triple-layered one and the one with 2 layers

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Curry Croquette bento

Sleepy today...

Simple bento made some time ago. Last week, I think (I'm always delayed with posting photos... meh.)

- Rice with some nori and furikake
- Curry croquette with tonkatsu sauce on a bed of chinese lettuce, and some shredded kani with a dollop of mayonaise, and some mixed vegetables.

*back to sleep*

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Err... fences bento?

Rice with nori strips and furikake
Shrimp-flavored Dria sauce + shredded kani + mixed veggies + naruto slices

This is a weird bento since when I made it, I'm pretty sure I had a good reason as to why I cut up the nori in strips. And then, oddly, as I was preparing the bento itself, I realized that I forgot why I did what I did with the nori... O_o;;; So, just so it doesn't go to waste, the only thing I can think of doing was a criss-cross pattern... then I thought it sort of looked like a fence so I added furikake so that it has "ground". I felt like a four-year-old with a marker (ooh... circle... circle... hey, I made an "8"!! Yay!!).

The Dria/Doria sauce (if that's what's it called...), it was my first time to use it since it was just one of the items that I was curious with the last time I went shopping. It tasted good, and my boyfriend said that he'd like more of it in the future. Hmm...

Lolz. Oh well.

As usual, one bento is less lucky and has to settle for corned beef and a random nori pattern...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Rush, rush, rush....

Another quick one.

Rice + Furikake
Curry + Mixed veggies + egg (my kuma eggs are still earless...)
Chocolate-filled marshmallows.

Sadly, the curry was only enough for 2, so one of the bentos had to settle for corned beef with sesame seeds and basil. hehe. Yup, I pack 3 bentos a day to cover for both lunch and dinner.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

First bento with sauce container.

Lolz. Yep, it's my first chance to use sauce containers after having hunted them for so long. I only have fish and square containers right now, so I'm now hoping to get the ichigo-shaped ones soon. Hehehe...

Even though I knew that it needs to suck water in and then squeeze it out again, I never knew they were kinda hard to clean...

Anyway, just a simple one...

Rice and corned beef with a bit of basil and salt on the rice, some cream croquettes, sandwiched in between the croquettes is a container of soy sauce for the Kisu fry (fish) that the croquettes are resting on. And some marshmallows. Those things have pink hearts on them, so it's really too bad that it doesn't show in the photo. :/ Oh well.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Virtual Field Trip To Hatchin!

Many people have already asked me where I shop for my bento supplies and ingredients and I've always referred them to our favorite J-grocery, Hatchin. Ofcourse, stiff like vegetables and eggs are still bought at the local grocery, but items like nori, furikake, tonkatsu sauce and the like are from Hatchin. Then there's also the local malls that occassionally may or may not have what I'm looking for, but that's too much of a hit-and-miss thing to talk about.

Anyway, I've long been talking about taking pictures of the stuff they sell at Hatchin (such as Hello Kitty cheese), but it's only now that I actually got to do it.

So, go on and have a look!

Hatchin Entrance

Hatchin, perpetual provider of yummy croquettes and other pan-fried goodies! I like their set-up because it works like a deli. You just tell the person at the counter what you want and how many of it you want, then they take the tray out, take the food and place it in a styrofoam tray, wrap it in clingwrap and then print out and neatly stick a barcode/price sticker on your item.

Hatchin and the house/kitchenware that they have for sale. They have a collection of chopsticks (some with their own cases) to choose from, though I'm yet to find the 14cm chopsticks that I want (they fit under the lid of my Urara bento boxes). Their chopsticks range from 16.5cm to 21cm, and come in either plastic, melaware or wood.

They also have cute spoons and tin cups, tiny egg whisks, onigiri and musubi molds, heart-shaped microwavable egg molds, sushi grass and a whole bunch of other stuff that I forgot to take pictures of. I just got my first set of sauce containers from them the other day, actually... 6 fish-shaped ones with 6 square ones in a pack, all with pink caps for 60 pesos. ^_^ They also sell tiny pipettes separately (10 pesos) which can be used for filling the said containers.

Sauces, soy sauce, katsu sauce, etc. They have a variety of brands to choose from, too.


Their chilled display case with... pickles. :p And other stuff that you can add as a side dish or as garnish for your bento.

And now we move on to the cute things....

Hello Kitty and UltraMan cheese!!!!

Hello Kitty chahan flavoring!

Hello Kitty Macaroni!!

Hello Kitty and Doraemon (and some sentai team I don't recognize) Sausages!!

Hello Kitty Custard snacks!

More Hello Kitty snacks!

And Pikachu and AnPan Man make appearances too...

So there. In case you're in the area and you want to drop by, then here's the map:

I actually wanted to take more pictures since there was a whole bunch of other things that I wanted to show, but I got a little shy so I put my camera away. Hehe...

That's it for now.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Asparagus Stir-Fry Bento

My boyfriend recently requested for vegetables in his bento, so I decided to make this asparagus stir-fry that he likes. It's a pretty simple recipe that I sort of made on the fly, and, well, he likes it so I took note of it so I can do it again.

In the meantime, I made the mistake of putting okonomiyaki furikake on top of the whole thing. It looked yummy in real life, but I didn't realize that it would look fuzzy in the pictures and it would sort of look like mold... O_O;;

Speaking of okonomiyaki furikake, I used it a couple of nights ago to make onigiri. So, mixing it with mayo, tonkatsu sauce and a bit of salt and pepper on plain rice, it sort of tasted like okonomiyaki, except in riceball form. Hehe... Forgot to take pics though, so you'll have to take my word for it for now.

In any case, here's my bento which is too shy to reveal its fuzzy contents (plus the rice was too plain). It shows it's chocolate-filled marshmallows instead.

Asparagus Stir-Fry

1 clump of asparagus (as you get them from the grocery)
3 cloves of garlic
4 or 5 strips of bacon
1 square of tofu (the one that's around 4 or 5 inches on one side)
4 tablespoons of tonkatsu sauce
sesame seeds
salt and pepper

(if you don't have tonkatsu sauce, I've found that a mix of soy sauce and sugar can also do the job, though it still tastes a bit different...)

1) Cut up bacon into small strips and toss into frying pan. Allow it to sweat and fry in its own fat
2) When bacon is cooked (not necessarily crispy), there should be enough bacon fat in the pan. Toss in minced garlic and sesame seeds. Allow to brown.
3) Cut up tofu into small cubes and toss into pan once garlic is browned. Mix and make sure that everything is covered in fat and the seeds and garlic are evenly distributed.
4) Allow the tofu to cook. It should release water and that's good since you'd want a bit of sauce.
5) Throw in asaparagus last since you'd want your veggies as crunchy as possible. Pour tonkatsu sauce in and mix everything well, making sure that everything is covered in sauce. Add tonkatsu sauce if you think it looks a bit pale. Dilute with a bit of water if you think it's too strong.
6) Simmer for a while or until the tofu has soaked up some of the tonkatsu sauce. If you think you put in too much water, you can allow it to simmer so that some of the water evaporates and you'll be left with a nice, thick sauce at the bottom.
7) add salt and pepper to taste
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