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Cat Bento

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This ginger cat bento is made of Inari sushi. I have already made a bento making use of Inari sushi in a previous post. This ingredient is so versatile that you can create different kyarabens from it. For this, I used the canned Inari sushi. Simply drain and pat dry 2 pieces of the Inari sushi or tofu pockets. Then fill pockets with steamed white rice and set aside. I did not add any seasonings to the rice since I am adding meat and veggies to the bento. Make sure…read more

Totoro Spam Musubi

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Spam musubi is a popular food item in Hawaii. It is made up of a slice spam sandwiched in between or on top of rice then wrapped in nori (dried seaweed). It is a portable food so you can eat it on the go. Musubi or what is commonly known as onigiri is rice that is shaped into a ball or triangle then wrapped in nori and usually filled with some kind of meat. As a backgrounder, Hawaii is the largest consumer of Spam in the the United States. Spam…read more

Banana Q (Caramelized Banana)

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Banana Q or Banana Cue is a very popular snack sold at almost every street corner back home. It is deep fried “saba” banana coated with caramelized brown sugar. Saba banana is a type of cooking banana that is cultivated and indigenous to the Philippines. You can get frozen saba banana in any Asian store. I have used this brand and find it’s quality really excellent. As a child I really didn’t like this traditional snack and would prefer to have cookies and crackers instead. I guess as you grow…read more

Egg Sarciado (Egg in Tomato Sauce)

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Sarciado for me is defined as a dish cooked in tomato sauce. I usually make either beef or chicken sarciado but have never tried making it with just eggs. I looked through different recipes for this dish and tried to get ideas from each. Aside from the eggs, you will need onions, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots and bell peppers. I used tomato paste, laurel leaf, salt and pepper as seasoning. Note: mushrooms, sweet potatoes or zucchini are also good additions to this dish. First, make hard boiled eggs. I used…read more

Takikomi Gohan

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If you are tired of eating just plain rice you must try this. Takikomi gohan is a Japanese rice dish where soy sauce and dashi are added as seasonings. Takikomi means “boiled with” and gohan means rice. A variety of meat and vegetables are also included and may vary depending on what is available in the season. You can get creative in choosing what goes into your rice. You may add peas, bamboo shoots, green beans etc. The first time I made this I used carrots, green onion, fish cakes…read more