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Bento boxes are small boxes in which food is arranged beautifully for later consumption, mostly at one's place of employ. Bento boxes are also very, very shiny. I got a three tiered thingy in pink. With a matching set of chopsticks. Did you know there are Hello Kitty themed sets? ...
So, today, I set about filling my shiny, shiny box with food for the graveyard shift. The content is not Japanese. I know, I should be ashamed of myself.
Tier 1: Salady things
The beets were cooked, sliced, and pickled in nothing more than red wine vinegar. They keep forever that way and are a staple in my kitchen.
The carrots were cooked - carefully, so that they are still somewhat crisp - sliced, and pickled in a bit of vinegar, a bit of oil, and garlic. They will end up tasting very garlicky. Keep that in mind. At work. I said I was on graveyard shift, right?
I found this hilarious assortment of six types of cherry tomatoes at Coop. I bought red, heart-shaped ones, yellow ones, and orange ones. Taste is same/same, but they are so pretty!
Tier 2 (the proteins): Tonkatsu and Edamame
a piece of pork
one egg, beaten
starch or flour
As always, when breading meat: salt, pepper, put in some flour or starch, put in the egg, then the panko. Deep fry.
Not as visually pleasing as it could be, but very tasty. Come on. Deep-fried pork. Just saying.
Tier 3 (the carbs): Mashed potato/sweet potato
2 sweet potatoes
salt, pepper, chili for decoration
Cook the roots until soft, remove from water, mash. Destroy them. Obliberate, even. Add butter until sufficiently buttery. Add salt and pepper, when draped upon the plate or into the bento, sprinkle dried chili on top.