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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

Posted by in Bento, Holidays and Entertaining

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

Tuna Sandwich

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This recipe has been updated 1st February 2018 Tuna sandwich can be a hit or miss thing. The secret to making a great tuna sandwich is getting good quality tuna. I usually use canned albacore tuna, until I discovered this Korean brand at my favorite Asian store. It’s called Dongwon canned tuna. There are several varieties available and it was daunting at first to pick the right one, but after reading the labels and the ingredient list I chose the light standard. This tuna has a very pleasant and mild…read more

Frankenstein Bento

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Because it’s Halloween eve, it’s just fitting to create a bento with this theme in mind. I ran out of decofuri seasoning to color my rice green, so I used mashed peas instead. I boiled about a quarter cup of peas until really soft and mashed it real well. I then added this to about 1/2 cup of cooked white rice (make sure its warmed up a bit) and mixed it until well combined. I shaped the face of frankenstein using a plastic wrap. Then cut up some nori to…read more

Pokemon Go Bento

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Pokemon Go took the world by storm the past summer. Since it’s release two months ago, it has been downloaded 500 M times according to its developer Niantic. I was never really a pokemon fan until I played this game out of curiosity. You would have been living under a rock if you didn’t know how much everyone is talking about this game. That being said, it’s just fitting that I create a bento with a Pokemon Go theme. To make, I used yellow decofuri to color my rice to…read more