Bento is a meal (sometimes of Japanese food) packed attractively in a box. I love making bento, and will be showcasing my current and past creations periodically.
Lemon chicken, broccoli, and soba.
Not shown: teriyaki noodle sauce.
I love soba. Have I mentioned that? It's just a simple buckwheat noodle, but it's so delightfully chewy and full of flavor. Mmmm, soba.
This bento involved lemon chicken nuggets, soba, and some steamed broccoli. The very slight cornstarch crust on the nuggets got a bit soggy by lunchtime, which tells me that I need to let the bento cool more thoroughly before closing it in the morning. But the flavor was excellent. I also packed a little container of bottled teriyaki sauce to toss on the noodles, as they'd get somewhat soggy themselves if they were left to soak in a sauce all morning.
On the note of teriyaki, Maki taught me how to make teriyaki sauce. My goodness, but it's easy. I'm now somewhat amused by the fact that we Americans actually buy the stuff in jars. Sure, it takes having a few culturally unusual ingredients around, but they're so versatile in other things that it's really not a problem. Regretfully, I had purchased a Costco-sized bottle of teriyaki a bit before starting bento, so I'm working on using that up, and that's what went with the soba this day.
On a side note, regarding teriyaki ingredients, whatever you do, do NOT touch something called 'cooking mirin.' Holy hell, but that isn't food. Lesson learned.