Monday, February 01, 2010

Tondon Bento


Today's bento is Tondon !! (sauteed pork slices donburi) 
Nothing beats donburi when I need to make bento quickly.  Yes, I didn't have a lot of time, I overslept hehe.  Donburi is a bowl of rice topped with dish.  It's also popular as lunch.  Do you know Katsudon, Tendon, Oyakodon etc?   I love harmony of rice & dish.
Today's bento-bako is an enamel container.  This is one of my favorite bento-bako.  I like ceramic and glass containers better than plastic ones.  But they're so fragile that I often use enamel container.

Daikon Pickle

I love purple veggies and often use purple daikon (radish).  The daikon blossoms are pickled with salt and kombu-cha.  Pickle is a standard item for Japanese bento as hamburger and hot dog are mostly garnished with pickle.
By the way, do you know kombu-cha?  Kombu-cha sold in USA are not real kombu-cha.  They're a kind of fermented beverage!  Japanese kombu-cha is made from kombu (seaweed) and seasonings and salt.  It's
powder, so we dissolve it in hot water, then drink it as hot tea.  We also use kombu-cha powder for cooking as seasoning.


The other day, I made some crepes.  We can have fresh and tasty strawberries during this season.  With fresh whipped cream...  Mmm drool!


  1. Yummy! I am jealous of your fresh strawberries!!

  2. Purple daikon looks very pretty, I love it! Yummy donburi ... don't know why but your bento always makes me hungry hehehe :D I learn a lot of Japanese food terms from your blog. I knew Tondon and Katsudon. But what is Oyakodon?

  3. Hi Jenn!
    I would love to send strawberries to you!

  4. Hi Lia!

    Your bento always has me wishing to make cute chara-ben for my kid. Your sushi theme greatly inspired me!

    Top of oyakodon is chicken and egg and onion (pork cutlet of katsudon is replaced with chicken). "Oya-ko" means "parent-child", you know parent is chicken, child is egg haha!