I am crazy for Bento and my dream is to become a Bento Chef 🙂 Is there such a person?
To prepare a bento box, first of all, even before you start being creative, you need to have the money to buy all these tiny things to make your bento look really cute. I love purchasing small bento accessories. I buy only the best ones I like and keep them for future use. These accessories are quite pricey considering that most of them are disposable so if you are practical, try to reuse these super cute bento accessories. I am into knick knacks when it comes to cooking and I adore the colorful creations seen at Japanese Bento books. When I see the photos of wonderfully made bento boxes, I always wish I could make that too.
Here, I created a simple bento box for lunch. What’s included?
- Pan Fried Alaskan Salmon fillet
- Brown rice with pre-cut sea weed topping
- Seasoned blanched Broccoli
- Seasoned Spinach
- Fresh-cut Nectarines
Here’s how I made it:
For the Salmon, I just seasoned the salmon with salt and pepper then pan-fried with Olive Oil, about 5-8 minutes per side on Medium high until the skin is crispy.
For the Broccoli, boil water into a tiny pot or saucepan and season with salt. Blanch the broccoli for a minute then drain and quickly rinse under cold water. Using the same saucepan, brown some garlic on olive oil then add the blanched broccoli. Season with a mixture of light soy sauce, a dash of sugar and some cooking sake.
For the Spinach, boil water into a tiny pot and season with salt. Blanch 1 bunch of spinach then wash in cold water, drain and squeeze off the excess liquid. Randomly chop to create bite sizes of the spinach. Season with minced fresh garlic, light soy sauce, dash of sugar, tiny drop of sesame oil and a few pinches of sesame seed.
For the Brown Rice, cook it accordingly. You can use left-over rice that you have in your fridge. I just used my sushi mold to shape the rice like so (see photo) then topped it with a pre-cut seasoned laver (sea weed).
For the Nectarine, cut into bite sizes and add into the bento.
I try my best to keep my seasoning at its minimum to make sure my cooking will taste as natural as it is.
If you have some quick bento recipes to share, please do share to me 🙂