May 23, 2010

Bento for my Family/家族のお弁当

Today, I got up at 4:25 and made a bento for my son, who had to leave home before 5:30 to participate in a track meet. After he left home, I also made bento for my wife, my daughter, and myself. Today was Field Day at my daughter' elementary school.

Onigiri (rice balls):

Three different ingredients, salmon flakes, wakana (a type of green), and red perilla.

I tend to make more onigiri than necessary, but that's OK, because I can't have enough of them.

Sadly, three of the bento items are frozen foods: Chicken karaage, yakisoba, and edamame.
悲しいことに、弁当の具材のうち三つは冷凍食品です: 鶏の唐揚げ、焼きそば、エ枝豆。

Each bento box, a free gift from a green tea dealer, has two tiers, with the upper tier provided with an air-tight lid.

Tsuki usagi (lunar rabbits) are adorable, aren't they?


Yangsze said...

Oh my goodness, those bento boxes are so cute!

Hiroyuki said...

YSC: Those bento boxes (tsuki usagi (lunar rabbits)) are free gifts from the green tea dealer I order from.

Nancy Heller said...

Looks so tasty!

Hiroyuki said...

Nancy Heller: Thanks!

Unknown said...

The onigiri looks delicious! My daughter made some during her Japanese language class one day and she loves them ever since.

By the way, when you make onigiri, do you have to squeeze the rice tightly to make them stick? When I make them, they tend to fall apart... :(

Hiroyuki said...

oliver: That's a good question. I'd like to discuss how to make good onigiri in my blog in the near future. Good onigiri should be lightly packed, just like good nigiri should be lightly packed, so that the rice can fall apart very easily in your mouth.
That being said, I can instantly feel nostalgic to the type of onigiri my mother used to make, big, and tightly packed.

My current method is as follows: Start with very hot rice. Put some very dense salt water on my hands, scoop some rice, and first make a round ball of rice, and then shape the ball into a triangle by lightly pressing on it four times while rotating it after each time.

For more details, see my future post on onigiri!