Guy Does Bento no. 3: Mushroom rice and lemon chicken nugget bento

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For this bento, The Guy used two of his favorite foods, the mushroom rice and the chicken nuggets. (I myself am particuarly fond of those nuggets, hot or cold. They are great with pasta or mashed potatoes as well as with rice.) He was a bit stumped as to what vegetables to use, but we had a few green beans left and we always seem to have some bell peppers lying around, so he made a kinpira with the peppers (the recipe is in the Just Bento Cookbook, or you can work off of the recipes here for other kinpiras). He did a fancy ‘French-cut’ on the beans and blanched them.

It did take him a bit of time to make this bento, but he chalks this up to inexperience and lack of planning plus ‘having to look up the recipes’. Also, he says that the rice should definitely be made in advance (the night before, or frozen and just defrosted). It’s kind of gratifying to hear, because he’s getting all the things I’ve been preaching over the years on this site - without having read it much! ^_^

Here’s the two bentos together (mine is the white box). He thought that the mushroom rice looked too beige, so added some chopped up shiso leaf as garnish. The flavors of shiso and mushroom together were interesting!

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Here’s a closeup of the non-rice parts. Very colorfully arranged, don’t you think?

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Incidentally, some of you asked for The Guy’s take on this bento-making experience. He’s not the blogging type but he does have a Twitter account, and he gave me permission to post it here so you can ask him directly - @pdfguru (that’s what he does, by the way - PDF-guruing. And his real name is Max, not The Guy. ^_^;)

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Re: Guy Does Bento no. 3: Mushroom rice and lemon chicken ...

I really like these "Guy Does Bento" posts since I've found some of your previous bentos to be a bit "wimminz food"-y - all vegetables and salad. That's not a criticism, by the way, just my personal taste. Of course there are exceptions, but I think men are more meat-and-potatoes (or whatever the local version of that is) kind of eaters than salad-and-chocolate, and they can take a few more calories and a bit of extra fat. I could eat this bento right now - looks yummy!

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 3: Mushroom rice and lemon chicken ...

I agree. I'm a female but a very picky eater, the guy recipes are easier for me to practice! I'm new to this bento thing but loving it so far!

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 3: Mushroom rice and lemon chicken ...

Love to try the mushroom rice, looks yummy. Would have to eat it alone though because my husband hates mushrooms, oh well more for me.

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 3: Mushroom rice and lemon chicken ...

The guy is rocking the bento boxes!!! Fantastic work. Keep 'em coming & I hope you feel better soon!

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 3: Mushroom rice and lemon chicken ...

I love this blog and everything it stands for. ;)

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 3: Mushroom rice and lemon chicken ...

absolutely fab infos! thank you!

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 3: Mushroom rice and lemon chicken ...

Made this yesterday for dinner and it came out exactly as the picture. It tasted amazing. Everyone loved it in my house. The left over for lunch tasted still amazing the next day.

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 3: Mushroom rice and lemon chicken ...

made it love it! <333 im only 14 but i've been trying your different bento recipes and they all have came out AMAZING so far<33! ~^3^~

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