Today our daughter’s school holds an “Open Day” where parents are invited to the classroom to observe how their children spend their time. It’s only for an hour, but this is followed by an unavoidable PTA meeting over lunch. It is a public school, so no fancy restaurant nor catering for this type of event (with occasional exception), and we are asked to bring our own lunch and eat it along with other parents on tiny kids’ tables and chairs in a meeting room.
So this morning, I packed bento for 2.
Menu: Tori-don (stir-fried chicken on rice), Coleslaw salad, Spinach & tofu omelet, Steamed broad beans, Cherry tomato
Orange & banana for dessert
For our little munchkin
Menu: Tori don, Diced veggies cooked in broth, Boiled egg, Steamed pumpkin, Boiled green beans, Cheery tomato
Grapes with yogurt for dessert
Menu: “tori-don” chicken donburi, steamed pumpkin & broccoli, cherry tomato, cucumber & boiled egg salad
Jelly for dessert
A popular “niku don” variation
“tori-don” chicken donburi recipe (the chicken part)
– 150g chicken thigh (or breast or fillet), cut into bite size pieces
– 1 tea spoon of vegetable oil
– 1tbsp of sake (or white wine)
– 1 tbsp of soy sauce
– 1 1/2 tbsp of mirin (or 1 tbsp of honey)
– if you like to make it sweeter, add a sprinkle of sugar
1. In a frying pan, pour in oil and stir fry the chicken until golden in medium heat
2. Add sake, stir fry a bit until sake evaporates
3. Add soysauce and mirin, stir fry further until the sauce thickens (2 min or so). in medium-low heat so that the sauce won’t get burnt
4. If desired, add sugar and mix well
That’s it! Super easy, and no need for marinating the meat in advance. Just place the chicken on top of freshly cooked rice and sprinkle some nori seaweed before serving.
menu: “tori-don” chicken donburi, pumpkin & egg salad, tomato, cucumber, green bean salad
tori-don is one of the variations for donburi recipes. basically donburi is “okazu”, main (or side) dish, on top of rice. the most popular recipe here is my mum’s niku-don, which comes with stir-fried pork.
it’s easy to prepare – marinade diced chicken (thigh or breast) with sake (1) : soy sauce (1) : and mirin (3) for 5-10 min, stir-fry the marinated chicken in medium heat. place the cooked chicken on top of rice. sprinkle nori seaweed and/or thinly sliced spring onion as your own liking.
today there was no dessert in the bento, as my friend and i took the little one to our lunch after she had her lunch at daycare. we gave her a cup of icecream which she ate dearly until she splashed it onto the floor to our embarrassment. meanwhile she grabbed 2 slices of bread from our bread basket and ate them all, which made me wonder if the amount of bento i prepare for her may not be sufficient… time to increase the portion of her bento box perhaps 🙂