Bento Lunch Series

My daughter loves anything Japanese. I made these bento for her school lunch beginning Spring of last year. Bento are very popular in Japan. They are packed lunches which consist of rice, meats, vegetables usually in small portions served in a box shaped container. “Kyaraben” or character bento are more elaborately styled to look like popular characters. “Oekakiben” or picture bento on the other hand are made to look like people, animals, flowers etc.

Most of the bentos I have made are oekakiben since I find it really cute. Plus my daughter looks forward to what she gets come lunchtime.

Onigiri, chicken nuggets, tamagoyaki and cherry tomatoes

Sumo onigiri, ground beef stir fry, grape tomatoes, kiwi and blueberries

Ninja kids onigiri, chicken wings, beef shumai and mixed vegetables

Rilakkuma onigiri, braised chicken, turkey ham roll ups, cucumber and grape tomatoes P.S. Rilakkuma is a japanese character/cartoon

Koala onigiri (i used half white and half brown rice), chicken teriyaki, omelet, green beans and strawberries

Vegetable Spring Roll (Lumpiang Gulay)

Vegetable Spring Roll (lumping gulay) is an all time favorite of our family. In our hometown of Navotas, it is called Sumpia and usually paired with arroz caldo (rice and chicken porridge).

I usually make mine with what is available in my vegetable bin. Saute garlic and onion. Add in shrimps or any meat of your choice, you may even use fried tofu. Then add sliced carrots, celery, green beans, mung bean sprouts and cabbage. Season with salt and pepper. Let the vegetable mixture cool then wrap in Spring roll wrapper and deep fry until golden brown. Serve with a dipping sauce of white vinegar, soy sauce and a dash of ground pepper.

Sauteed Vegetable Mixture

Stack of just wrapped lumpia

Deep frying the lumpia