My Japanese bento box menu has a big bowl of Japanese sticky rice topped with Furrikake that is a kelp topping made with kelp leftover from preparing dashi. The rice was served with several side dishes. Negimiso yaki tofu or grilled tofu, flavored with a strong miso paste, provides intense flavor in every bite. Nori tomagoyaki or seaweed rolled into omelette rolls is a unique omelette preparation where multiple layers of thin egg crepes rolled together. Together the tofu and eggs meet the protein requirement of a bento box meal. Spinach gomaae or spinach with sesame seeds is a surprisingly crunchy dish with the roasted sesame seeds. The blanched spinach adds a mild flavor. For dessert I made Matcha white chocolate chip cookies or green tea cookies. Matcha has a strong green tea flavor and an equally strong aroma that reminded me of henna.
As they say in Japan, Itadakimasu!
Here are the recipes for the dishes on the menu
- Vegetarian Dashi (Kombu stock)
- Gohan with Furrikake (Japanese sticky rice with kelp topping)
- Negimiso Yaki Tofu (Grilled tofu)
- Spinach Gomaae (Spinach with sesame seeds)
- Nori Tomagoyaki (Seaweed Omelette)