Thursday, February 23, 2012
Sauce Katsu Bento
Today's bento is another quick donburu-styled bento. Sauce katsu is panko-fried meat or chicken with sauce on it. When I was a kid my mother made me chicken katsu in my bento each time I had a school trip or some event, which was poured over with plenty of tonkastu sauce. I loved it so I still like to put sauce katsu in a bneto. For this bento, I made some chicken tender katsu in this way, and a kanikama (mock crab stick) omelet. I put some kaiware sprouts and umeboshi on the katsu to liven up the look and balance all the flavors.
This one is a super simple bento. Also one of run-to-work bentos. I filled each onigiri with salmon or umeboshi! The ONLY side dish is leftover karaage haha! I actually love bontos like this. Not fancy at all but still a bit cute, isn't it?
As some of you already know I've been on a yogurt-making kick lately. While, I had a talk with bento pals, Sheri and Ingrid on Twitter about homemade yogurt. Then I wondered how long I could keep making yogurt without buying starter (yogurt)... Since then I've made several batches with my homemade starter now. All of them totally went well with no problem. But, you know what, this morning a huge yogurt hunter ate up my last batch all! That means there is no homemade starter left to use for the next batch! Ughhh... What will I do?!
Ah well. Can you believe that this is a whole soymilk yogurt, and you can make yours in only several hours without using special tools or skills! I actually didn't like my whole soy yogurt so much when I made it for the first time. But I felt like this one was good enough! I guess it's because I'm getting used to the soy flavor.
This is one of the batches made with both soy milk and regular one, about one-fifth of which is regular whole milk. At the moment I think it's the best-balanced rate in both taste and healthiness. However, I think each of these yogurts has its yumminess each. I have some ideas to try out with my yogurt on making desserts and savory sauces. In fact, the soy yogurt turned out to be nice sauces for my noodle salad and fried shrimp. Oh yeah, for those interested in yogurt cooking, I'm going to share my yogurt adventure track on my sweets blog in the future!