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Shrimp and Avocado Sandwich

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This is another easy and fuss free lunch idea specially in the Summer months. For the shrimp, I used frozen Boom Boom shrimp (fully cooked) I got from Whole Foods and I just quickly heated this in the oven toaster until warm and a bit crisp. Peel and dice an avocado and combine this with the shrimp. Add a couple of tablespoons of Japanese Mayo and mix to combine. I also added some dill to the mixture for flavor. I then toasted a couple of slices of country bread I…read more

Overstuffed Egg Salad Sandwich

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I love making these overstuffed sandwiches, they are not only filling but also appealing to the eyes. To make these sandwich, I used pumpkin and sesame bread from Paris Baguette. It provides a nice color and contrast and it also the thick slice kind which works well for making overstuffed sandwiches. First, prepare your egg salad by roughly chopping three hard boiled egg and adding about 2-3 T Japanese style mayo. Mix to combine and season to taste. Next cut in half two hard boiled egg and set aside. To…read more

Overstuffed Sandwich

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It’s Summer and my girls are back home. Lunches during this time of year are usually simple, mostly sandwiches or salad. I wanted to make something other than an old boring tuna sandwich. I got inspiration from some Japanese vloggers creating sandwiches for bento lunches. One thing that stood out for me was the amount of veggies they use. More than you would see in an ordinary sandwich. First, prepare your filling by making some hard boiled egg, peel and cut into half. Then drain a can of tuna and…read more

Spam Onigiri

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A visit to Mitsuwa always turn into a food trip for our family. We love that there is a variety of food to choose from their concessionaires. One of these is Omusubi Gonbei, they offer a mouth watering array of rice balls with various fillings. I was inspired to make this Spam Omusubi after seeing their various omusubi on display. I have already featured several omusubi a.k.a onigiri recipes in this blog which shows how just how much we love it. It’s easy to make this specially if you have…read more

Pork Adobo Sliders

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Just wanted to make something quick and easy for lunch that requires zero cooking. After scanning the fridge, I spotted some leftover pork adobo and rolls and this is how this recipe came about. I just reheated the adobo and shredded or pulled apart its meat. Then get a slider (you can use dinner rolls) and slice it in half. Add some watercress before piling the adobo on top. You can use lettuce leaf, arugula or whatever greens you have. Serve with chips and gherkins on the side. If you…read more

Sopressata and Prosciutto Sandwich

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My kids love salami when they were in middle school. When I say salami I mean Genoa Salami. It’s a staple in their lunchbox. Sopresseta is also a kind of salami with a higher fat content and has a more rustic appearance compared to others. In a nutshell Sopressatas are salamis but not all Salamis are Sopressatas. The key to making a good sandwich is choosing the right type of bread. For this I used Ciabatta roll which I cut in half. Then lightly toast it just to get it…read more

Spicy Beef Bulgogi Sandwich

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This sandwich was from the leftover spicy beef bulgogi I made the previous night. Bulgogi just takes a few minutes to make. First marinate 1 lb of thinly sliced ribeye with 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 2 tbsp. mirin, 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. sesame oil, 1 tsp. garlic powder (freshly grated garlic is preferable), 2 tbsp. or more of hot pepper paste depending on how much spice you can tolerate . Make sure to mix the marinade in with the meat and let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes….read more

Halloween Temari Sushi

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I try to make at least one Halloween themed blog during the Fall season. The past several years it’s all about bento and it’s not any different this year either. Temari in Japanese literally means hand ball. Temari sushi are ball shaped sushi made by forming rice using a plastic wrap. This is by far the easiest way to make sushi specially if you are a beginner. Take a piece of plastic wrap and lay it down on a plate or counter top. Then place 1/4 cup cooked white rice…read more

Pate Sandwich

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My love for duck liver pate is mainly due to my dad. He was the one who introduced me to this delicacy. My dad being an executive would receive yearly Christmas gift baskets from Manila Peninsula and the Mandarin Oriental and it would include a ceramic pot of duck liver pate. In the beginning I was put off with the smell but after some coaxing I was able to get pass it and was hooked. As a teen I remember eating this with some crusty farmer’s or sourdough bread for…read more

Egg Salad Sandwich

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Egg salad is probably one of the easiest thing you can make. It’s just hard boiled egg mixed in with some mayo. This combination might get a little bit tiring after a while so I made a jazzed up or upgraded version of it. To make, roughly chop 3 hard boiled eggs and place in a bowl. To this add 1/4 cup diced persian cucumber and 1 tbsp. finely chopped dill. Place 3-4 tbsp of Japanese mayo, this is my preference but you can definitely use your favorite brand. Season…read more