Friday, February 24, 2012

Ume Chicken Bento and Sushi Cake

Today's main bento dish is Ume chicken. Do you like umeboshi (salty sour pickled plums)?? I like to use it as an onigiri filling or a seasoning for salad or simmered stuff. After using umeboshi pulp they still have a bit of the pulp left around on the hard seeds. I toss umeboshi seeds into a pot of simmering stuff to pep up the flavor. Last night I browned a chicken thigh in a frying pan, and added a little of shoyu and water, and some umeboshi seeds to it. Then simmered it until the chicken was done. This ume chicken is tender and tasty even cold because of the sourness of umeboshi, which is why it is perfect for bento!


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As additions I made mushroom stir-fry which I seasoned with a bit of olive oil, salt, garlic and shichimi togarashi, and curry mayo flavored renkon (lotus root) salad. I got this green box from DAISO. Isn't it so spring-ish? I now feel like singing *green green*♪ Ha it's too much old! Who knows this song?


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I also got this cute strawberry box from DAISO! As soon as I saw it at DAISO I decided it would be my bento box! Though, it's a tad too cute for me, I guess..


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The other day Yuppi had a farewell party at school and she made three round sushi cakes for the party with her pal and teacher. She was probably so happy with the sushi cakes they'd made, that she made the same one for me as well that evening. I amazed with how she'd made it perfectly all by herself. Only I had to wait for a couple hours being starving till it was finished though haha!


Yuppi's sushi cake

14 comments:

  1. Lovely Bentos and Wow Yuppi, What a beautiful Job you did!! All of this looks delicious! 

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  2. Wow, every time I visit your blog, I am totally impressed! Your bentos look soo good!

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  3. wow, and this time everything look very deliciuos :) Very cute your new bento box!

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  4. the sushicake looks so delicious

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  5. Yuppi's sushi cakes are truly gorgeous! What a fun and lively post :)!

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  6. I never thought of adding umeboshi seeds to flavor a dish!  I'm going to have to try this!  Beautiful results, too, as always! :)

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  7. hi babykins, the new blog format looks great!  i have you in my google reader feed so i have been reading your posts but hadn't seen this pretty layout until now :-)

    using the umeboshi seeds in that way is such a great idea, i will definitely save them from now on.  thanks for sharing that.

    and the bentos here are gorgeous!  the chicken looks savory-tender-tasty, i love the lattice decorative pattern in the top one, and your photography just keeps getting better and better (what gorgeous light in the shot of the happy spring green box).

    can't believe yuppi's masterpiece!  amazing!

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  8. Thank you berrygirlusa! Yuppi is flattered and the comment totally motivates her. ^^

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  9. Oh thank you for the encouragement! Do you make bento? Would like to see your bentos :)

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  10. Glad you like the new one! Thank you for commenting Lina!

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  11. Yuppi was so happy to hear that! Thank you!

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  12. Aw thank you Jenn! That comment put a smile on her face! Glad you enjoyed the post.^^

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  13. Umeboshi is useful. It goes well with cuke too. Thank you for the encouraging comment Megg!

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  14. Hi Megan, where have you been lol. Thank you, I change my blog design very often I easily get tired of it :P 
    It's my pleasure! I use umeboshi seeds when I cook a rice dish. And umeboshi paste will be nice sauces for veggie dishes.
    Aw thanks, you always give me thoughtful words, and that really encourage me to keep up. ^^

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