söndag 6 mars 2016

Japaneese Bento Boxes

Bento Box, really means a lunch box. However it has ancient tradition and history in Japan. The boxes in themselves are beautiful creations made from wood to the more modern one´s out of plastic. I don´t have any of the beautiuful boxes, but I tried to make the content. Here I have made one Bento Box for grown ups and one childrens Bento Box. What you put in the box could be anything of your own liking.

In Japan the content of the Bento Boxes is an artistic creation in itself. In my Bento Box for grown ups I have made mosaic sushi, heart shaped egg omelette, sausage, vegetable and beef teriyaki rolls, asian glasnoodlesallad and carved carrot roses.

In my childrens box I have made cats out of rice. Octopus sausages, muschroom from tomato and egg, ham and carved carrots.

Here are the links to the recipes and instructions for each dish.

Mosaic Sushi

Vegetable and beef teriyaki rolls


Heartshaped egg omelette

Octopus sausage and carved carrot roses

Octupus sausages, colored rice and carved carrots for the Japaneese Bento Box

Decorative food for the Bento Box

Colored rice
 For the childrens Bento Box boil sticky rice according to the instructions on the package. To color, boil carrots and mash for the orange. To make the yellow rice hardboil an egg and mix the yolk with the rice.

To make the mushroom cut a baby tomatoe in half. Use boiled egg to make the foot of the mushroom. To make the white spots on the mushroom cut out small rounds with a straw from eggwhite or cheese.

Octopus sausages
Cut the end of the sausage with eight cuts. Put the sausages in hot boiling water or in a frying pan and they will curl up. Dampen springonions and use the green to make a band around the octopus.

Carve carrots
To carve carrots cut slices of fresh carrots and carve out any shape you like.

Carved carrot rose
Cut the end of a carrot to carve out your rose. To make rosepetals start from the bottom and work your way up doing the top last.

Curly sausages

To make curly sausage cut the sausage with small cuts but not all the way through. Heat the sausages in the frying pan or hot boiling water and they will curl up.

Heart shaped egg omelette

Heart shaped egg omelette

2 eggs
1 tsp rice wine(mirin)
1 tbsp sugar
1 pinch of salt

Mix ingredients

Heat frying pan
Grease with a little oil

Pour a thin layer of eggs on the pan.
Start to roll up the omelette from the top towards you.
When rolled up move the roll to the top of the pan and add more omelette mix thinly to the frying pan, connecting with the previous roll. Start rolling the omelette towards you again and repeat until all egg mix is used.
Move the omelette roll to a cutting bord.
Cut evenly pieces.

Place the pieces so you see the layers up on top and make a 45 degree angle cut. Then turn one of the pieces to make a heart when placed together.

Put them together like a heart. Dip in a little egg mix and put back on the frying pan. This will make the two halves stick together. With a teaspoon put a little egg mix in the middle on top to close the gap. Remove the egg from the pan and dip the upper part in egg mix and put it back on the pan for a few seconds to seal the other side.

Now you should have beautiful heart shaped eggs.