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Bento obsession

I love onigiris, but couldn’t find them near home, so once I could make sushi rice I thought it could be easy to make onigiris, after browsing a little found an amazing site Just Bento where they explain in detail how to make them.¬† I think my onigiris were decent in terms of shape, and the flavor was great, I fill them with a mixture of canned tuna, mayo and soy sauce.

While checking the site I found lots of pictures of bentos, and I must say, have been always intrigued about how Japanese make such interesting and beautiful dishes, of course now I know is a world wide trend. I’ve been a little afraid of trying to make my own bento, but every day I’m making things that go on that direction. I don’t have too many tools, my mom was never a cooking fan neither my dad, so I’m looking in the internet as I believe can’t find stuff like that in Monterrey. Said that I’m trying to understand the whole concept, one very obvious thing is the smart use of space and the aesthetic of the dish. Most bentos appears to be almost vegan, which would be a nice change for my daily diet.

Here my attempts towards making a bento:

I’m not comfortable eating from a box at home though, what I really want is a square set of dishes to eat at home and nice chopsticks, now I have only disposable ones that my mom saved through the many years I had japanese and chinese take outs.

Today (May 18th) I ate a bento, not a pretty one but I’m sure this one qualifies as a bento, it had cubed rice, steamed broccoli, schezwan beef with vegetables and corn. It was in a box because I’m cooking only for myself it’s hard to calculate how much to do, so I make 2 portions and freeze one. It was fun to eat from a container, my mom told me that wasn’t a bento that I should at least put a happy face on the rice or something or at least make rice balls she’s definitely funny ;), however it was delicious and nutritive.