Since I started making Bento, I have also begun to follow blogs and Instagram pages of Japanese wives and moms who give useful advice on how to prepare them.
In addition to the “Kawaii” aspect (meaning “pretty” – something that in Japan can never miss), another important point to which attention is focused are nutritional values, the famous carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, and fats.
As some mum said, an Obento must be able to contain them all!
While carbohydrates here in Japan are almost always provided by rice, for the other nutrients, well that`s the best part. With free Choice and imagination, you can obtain a really good and beautiful meal.
I like to look for good, simple recipes, apable of teasing the palate during the lunch break, but at the same time being able to supply all the nutrients in a single dish.
(Recipe taken from the Photo Recipient …. of ….)
Thin slices Pork 140g
Vegetables of your choice (in the recipe I used a carrot and a cucumber)
Soy sauce 20ml
Wash the vegetables and cut them into Julienne. Be careful to make them all the same size.
Season the pork slices with salt and pepper and wrap them around the vegetables.
In a bowl, mix the soy sauce, Mirin, sake and water.
Heat a saucepan with a tablespoon of oil and cook your rolls until they reach gold colour.
Finally, lower the heat to low and add your seasonings. Cook until the water has evaporated and the liquid has thickened.
Let them cool and place them in your Obento.
Add a good portion of vegetables (in the photo salad made of Daikon, carrots and cucumber topped with sesame cream) and a portion (abundant for him) of rice cooked with chestnuts, mirin, sake and sprinkled with black sesame.