Saturday, July 12, 2008

BENTO #102

Yesterday was an insane day because I had to run un-imaginable number of trips to settle outstanding errands. I'm making up this Bento for yesterday because my next run begins in the afternoon and I need lunch.

Remember? Hubs is still in Aussieland with #1. #2 is downtown @ KLCC for her second day performance and "Miss Picky eater" and I don't share the same menu! So, Bento, I must!

I made a 'sushi sandwich' today. I buttered a slice of bread, put some tomatoes, some salad, asparagus (the last lot) and a squeeze of Sweedish Creme Salmon (from Ikea - looks like toothpaste). I topped a piece of Nori with a slice of cheese and smothered it with Mille wholegrain mustard. Then I rolled it in the plastic cling wrap and sliced it into half.

Today's Bento has some rice topped with black sesame seeds, two pieces of Gyoza, my absolute favorite Gobo Kimpira (last lot *sniff, sniff*) and the balance of some blanched Asparagus spears .

In the front box, I filled the hard triangle plastic container with Natto, the two halved sandwiches and a Hello Kitty hard boiled egg - was trying out my new mold bought on-line from New Stylish Tokyo.

Look at the frozen Natto before it thawed. Mmmm.....DELICIOUS!!

Now, let me tell you how my lunch tasted. I had a bite of the sandwich first. Not a good idea to add the salad. The first bite resulted in drawing out all the salad. It left my sandwich with a hollow in the center. *Note to myself - pack this without salads* The taste was good though except with the little struggle of the salad.

Next, I had a piece of Gyoza, this is a sure win because I've kinda perfected the recipe and it was delicious. The rice was eaten with the natto and Gobo kimpira and was the most satisfying mouth full from the entire meal.

Honestly speaking, I didn't eat the Hello Kitty hard boiled egg. I was too stuffed up and even the 'cuteness' of the egg couldn't tempt me. *Burps!* Excuse me! *Burps again* What a wonderful meal!

I don't know why but I feel so satisfied and happy after I have my Bento. I'm sure that it's not because "I" made it. It's more like the excitement and anticipation of the flavour that I experience with each bite of the 'unexpected?'. This is amazing and addictive.

Looks like it's going to be two Bento's a day from next week onwards! Yippee!!!


Anonymous said...

I don't think there's much bento stuff or Japanese food in Sydney that you can't get in Malaysia.. but in the city area itself, Thai Kee in Marketcity stocks some Japanese food stuff, Kinokuniya (opposite QVB) stocks two or three small bento boxes and cutlery boxes, and there're a couple of el cheapo shops (styled after the 100 yen shops, but with varying prices) with odds and ends.

There are shops that fully cater to Japanese customers only - meaning there's a wider selection of goods, but I can't remember which suburb those are in....

Anonymous said...

um, that is, if your husband has time to go shopping for you XD;

nobu said...

Oh! It really looks like "Futomaki"!!
You have a great idea.

It seems the Natto is same one which is sold in Japan.

Bento Pet said...

anon: Thanks for all the info. #1 & Hubs are currently in Brisbane and leave for Sydney tomorrow.
Your timing is amazing. Thanks! Sounds like you're a Bento enthusiast yourself! Please comment again. TQ!

Bento Pet said...

nobu: Ha! On hindsight it DOES look like Futomaki! Hahaha! I like Natto.

nobu said...

Hello bento_pet.
I've just written an answer of your qustion about Soba in my blog.

Bento Pet said...

Thank you Nobu!

Anonymous said...

not so much a bento enthusiast as much as having a liking for pretty and cute stuff XD

there's also a Hello Kitty/Sanrio store in Chinatown (the white-tile building with a goldsmith, mobile phone shop, clothing shop and money exchanger at the front), they'd have bento boxes and some other accessories too I believe. But those are expensive. Oh so cute though ;_;

sting said...

oh that sounds and looks so good.. I love natto and gyoza too... *slurp*

Blessed mum said...

I;m still struggling to perfect the HK egg ; (

Bento Pet said...

anon: Thanks for all the info. I appreciate it!

Bento Pet said...

sting: Certainly agree! Delicious natto and gyoza.

Bento Pet said...

blessedmum: Try using the medium size egg.

Anonymous said...

Your sandwitch wraps look so great.
I wan't to try!

Bento Pet said...

mihoo: It'll taste better if you replace the vegetables with cucumber or blanched carrots.


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