Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Challenge Bento

A while back a friend of mine slightly dissed my bentos, commenting on how small they were and how they could never hold enough food for him. This was utter blasphemy and it became a challenge! My response: this bento, the single bento I have ever made that included meat. Yes, it's true.

Top tier: A ton of veggie fried rice with egg, tightly packed. 3 beef shumai, store bought. 3 pork gyoza, also store bought. Steamed broccoli floret, carrot star and mozzarella shooting star.

Bottom tier: Vegetable bao, more beef shumai and pork gyoza, steamed broccoli, baby tomatoes, rabbit shaped boiled egg with nori mustache and eyeglass. Carrot star, cheese slices, rambutans and orange slices.

On the side: a package of cookies and a container of hot sauce.

It was great fun to do a 'challenge' bento! All the meat was in wrapped form and required steaming to cook so that I could cook it without touching any of it. It had been so many years since I'd cooked a hard boiled egg that I actually had to look up directions for it, lol. It was kind of neat to use my egg shaper for the use to which it was intended, though.


Ms. _______ 2 be ! said...

hehe, I sometimes think the bento is small but when I eat them, it's actually alot of food.

Celeste said...

So what happened?! Was your friend even able to eat it all in one sitting? 8-)

(I gotta find me an egg shaper.)

Natakiya said...

Unfortunately I wasn't able to be there when he ate it, so I don't know for sure. But the reports were that it was very filling and he ate everything but the broccoli!