A bento box is a varied, healthy, tasty lunch on-the-go. And if you fill it with left-overs, then such a Japanese lunch box is suddenly very sustainable. If you want to take a little more than the average cheese sandwich with you, be surprised by the recipes in ' Ultimate Bento '.
Why is the book 'Ultimate Bento' so great?
Because Marc Matsumoto and Maki Ogawa introduce you to all the ins-and-outs of the Japanese bento box in this book. Which bento box suits you, which handy tools there are (including home garden and kitchen hacks), how to fill a bento, what nice basic dishes are and how to keep your lunch food safe. In short, a lot of valuable information for beginners and advanced users.
A delicious recipe for you
In addition to this wealth of information, the book is filled with 85 healthy, delicious recipes. Meat, fish, vegetables, egg and rice everything is covered and to give you a taste I share one of those recipes with you here: the Yakitori Chicken Bento. I made a small variation on it, the original recipe uses shishito peppers. You rarely see them here, so I replaced them with green peppers.
For 3 bento
100 g sugar
120 ml soy sauce
120 ml sake
200 gr chicken thighs
a pinch of salt
3 spring onions
1 green pepper
1 tsp honey
optional: shichimi tougarshi, 7-spice pepper
Place the sugar, soy sauce and sake in a saucepan, bring to the boil and allow the sugar to dissolve. Let the sauce cool, what you don't use you can keep in a closed bottle in the fridge.
Cut the chicken into 10-12 pieces (not too small). Sprinkle a pinch of salt over them and let them stand for 10 minutes.
Cut the white of the onions into 3 cm pieces and cut the bell pepper into not too thin strips.
Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel, place the pieces in a frying pan and heat over medium heat.
When some fat is released from the chicken, add the onions and bell pepper. Stir-fry the vegetables and the chicken until golden brown.
Place the chicken and vegetables on a plate and wipe the pan clean.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of the sauce from 1. to the pan, mix in the honey and bring to a boil. When the sauce thickens, add the chicken and vegetables and make sure everything has a nice glossy layer of sauce.
Side dish: sesame asparagus
For 3 bento
3 green asparagus in pieces of 3 cm
1 tsp sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
½ tsp sesame seeds
Blanch the asparagus for 1-2 minutes, drain and drain.
Mix the asparagus with the oil, pepper, salt and sesame seeds well.
How do you fill the bento?
In this case I used this two-layer bento box . Fill a bowl with a layer of cooked rice and divide the chicken and the onion pieces alternately over it. Add the bell pepper and sprinkle with some shichimi 7-spice pepper. The second tray is filled with tomatoes, grapes and the sesame asparagus.
Got an appetite?
In this book you will find many more tasty, Japanese dishes. You can also prepare these as an evening meal or a dinner for family and/or friends!
In this book are:
- 85 recipes,
- 25 complete bento with instructions on how to pack,
- simple, healthy recipes,
- tips on purchasing, planning, ingredients, handy tools, bento boxes
Ingrid Beyer of Roppongi
Ingrid from Happlify crew member Roppongi is a much too modest Japan expert who can tell you all the ins and outs. Roppongi is the webshop for lovers of Japan, design, good food, tea and DIY. Visit Roppongi and the blog regularly for the fastest trip to Japan.