Food and Drink

Mochi Chicken (A Taste of Hawaii)


When I was growing up in Hawaii, Mochi Chicken was common and favorite dish for pot lucks, picnics, school lunches, etc. As an adult, it's one of my favorites to add to my bento box lunch (served with rice, of course).



4-5 lbs skinless chicken thighs, deboned
1/2 cup mochiko flour (Japanese glutinous rice flour)
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
5/8 cup shoyu
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
4 eggs

Directions: continue reading...

ISO tasty veggie protein recipes..

Hey guys,

Having a lot of trouble over here finding recipes for vegetarian proteins that taste good being cold. I just recently cut out all meat products, although I do still eat eggs and milk, so I have retained a lot of recipes that call for meat dishes, which I'm working into converting over to vegetarian-friendly. continue reading...

What I Had For Lunch - Tuesday 1/13

I am having white bean tempeh mini burgers, macaroni and cheese (from a box! I am not in the diet challenge) and bok choy stirfried with onions, sesame chili oil, and chunks of granny smith apple. And probably a tangerine and a juice spritzer.

I'm using my 700-ml stainless steel bento box, so I heated it up in a toaster oven that I'm not supposed to have in my office. So far three people have asked me what I'm up to that smells so good. I'm fine so long as I hide the toaster again when I'm done!

Come on, other camera-less, blog-less bento makers! What did you eat on Day 1?

Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

My family tends to eat a lot of Mexican and Eastern European food, and I like to make healthier versions of things - and now to utilize the leftovers for bentos. Here's a fave of ours.

Tofu Pumpkin Potato Scramble (AKA Veggie Chorizo!)

4 Potatoes, cooked (I usually microwave them, but if I have time I roast them.)
1 Can of Pumpkin Puree
1 Package of Tofu - Firm and Crumbled!
2 TB Achiote Seasoning (This comes in little boxes in Hispanic Markets - I like El Mexicano, it costs less than a dollar)
2 TB Mexican Oregano
2 TB Chili Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste continue reading...

Low Calorie Bentos

Hey Everyone!

I am trying to make bentos that are under 250 calories (300 at absolute most) and was wondering if people had any ideas. Because I keep the calorie content so low my bentos tend to look a bit empty. Any tasty suggestions that would be nutritious, and pretty would be very appreciated. Thanks :)

Japanese Mochi / Korean Mozzi - Same thing?

Well, the question is basically in the title... I've wanted to try mochi-sweets (daifuku?) ever since I know what they are, but all my asian market cares are korean rice-things with read bean filling called mozzi. Is it the same thing? They are a little wobbly on the outside and come in milky white or green-ish colors. Hard to explain... Here is a picture of one.

They come in different sizes and are generally very sweet, hard to compare to any western food in texture and, well, way too expensive for their size actually.


One of my favorite things to include in a bento is a dip and some veggies, pita strips, crackers, etc. One can only eat so much hummus though, right? So I thought that if any of you out there are like me, we could post some of our favorite "different" dips.

1 cup NATURAL peanut butter (no ingredients other than peanuts, salt)
1/2 cup hot water
3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
1 small minced red chili, or 1 tsp red pepper flakes, to taste
2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar (or regular rice vinegar plus 1 tsp sugar)
1 tsp ground black pepper continue reading...

Rice Salads for Bentos

I love using Rice salads for bentos. I like that I can make one batch of of it and get a few days out of them.
Here are some of my favorites:

Wild Rice Salad with Apples and Walnuts

1 c wild rice
2 c water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 c coarsely chopped walnuts
1 celery rib
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 c raisins
1 medium red apple (not Delicious), cored and diced
grated rind of 1 lemon
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice (Sometimes I use the bottled juice if I have lemons, and leave out the zest)
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 tsp salt continue reading...