Aug 31, 2010


Soba, stirfried baby cabbage, tomato, budo mame, shitake, chicken.
I was home very late so really wasn't sure if I was going to make lunch for tomorrow. Luckily, leftover beans and chicken in the refrigerator was great help to put a quick lunch box together. I manage to have a healthy meal everyday by these home made dishes.

Aug 30, 2010


Soba with sesame, broccoli, bitter melon, shitake, two color tomatoes, budo mame, roasted chicken.

Aug 29, 2010

Baked Pasta with Béchamel Sauce

I had been looking at this recipe for a long time and always wondering how could that be possible it tastes good. Basesd on the original recipe, there is only prosciutto and fontina cheese in it that can give this dish some kick, and we all know bechamel sauce itself is pretty bland. Today I finally got the chance to try it. I was so afraid that it will be tasteless, so I added roasted chicken breast, peas, mushroom and tomato to make sure the flavor and texture is good. In addition, I used the tri-color pasta so the presentation can be attractive. Well, what I can say, I was wrong, it does taste good. The sauce is very buttery and creamy, which works well with other ingredients. I have some leftover for tomorrow's lunch.


This bento box is very simple. There is some leftover pasta which I made today. To balance the nutrition, the other tier is simply filled with broccoli. The pasta is based on Giada De Laurentiis's recipe of Baked Pasta with Béchamel Sauce. I made some changes by adding chicken, peas, tomato and mushroom. It tastes pretty good, though I skipped adding fontina cheese.

Aug 26, 2010


Brown rice, shitake, cherry tomato, steamed white perch,
white bitter melon, mushroom sauteed baby cabbage.
Tomorrow's lunch gonna be a bit boring because I was not very in a cooking mood after arriving home. It was late, my housemate was watching Master Chef and I wanted to join. Hurriedly put everything together. Next week, the bento will be pretty :)

Aug 25, 2010


Brown rice, sauteed corn, white bitter melon, stew bean,
mushroom stirfried baby cabbage.
This is the first time I ever saw the white bitter melon. It tastes a bit bitter than the green one, but otherwise are much the same. It's fun to use the white one since I never cook this kind before.

Aug 23, 2010


Sauteed corn, broccoli, pork wrapped egg (Japanese Scotch Eggs),
cherry tomato, shitake, mushroom sauteed baby cabbage and brown rice.
Tips: Usually, I don't cook rice everyday since brown rice needs to be soaked for a while before cooking. Even though, it takes longer to cook than normal white rice. To save time, I usually cook batch of rice and reheat it when eat.

Aug 22, 2010


Brown rice, sauteed carrots with ground pork, broccoli, ground porked wrapped egg (Japanese Scotch Eggs), shitake with beans, cherry tomato.

Aug 21, 2010

Muffins Serials

Basile Pesto Muffins

Cocoa Chocolate Chip Muffins

Peanut Butter Muffins

Cheesecake Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Hummus Muffins

Cheddar Corn Muffins

Carrot Muffins

Aug 20, 2010

First-time Profiteroles

I didn't have the pastry bag to make these cuties, so instead, I just used a normal bag and cut the corner to let the batter out. It was not a very good substitude thought the final product was good.

Miso Glazed Salmon

This is a very simple recipe yet has a lot flavor in it. Here is the orignial recipe using cod.


soba, sauteed corn, broccoli, cold cut pork, lime beets, stewed soybeans, cherry tomaro.


brown rice, lime beets, cucumber, stewed soybeans, pan fried pork rib, sauteed corn, cherry tomato.


sauteed corn, stewed soybeans, broccoli, cherry tomato, veal, yellow tomato (from backyard), lime beets, brown rice.


bitter melon, roasted red pepper, shitake, stewed soybeans, lime beets.

Budo Mame: Sweet-salty soy beans

I like baked beans, but didn't think of cooking them myself. Until one day I ran across this recipe, and here you go, tasty and easy to make soybeans. Recipe here.


brown rice, lime beets, green onion tamagoyaki, stewed soybean (recipe from JustBento), roasted red pepper, pan fried veal, shitake, bitter melon.


soba, fungi stirfried cabbage, ginger sweet and sour egg, eggplant with sauce, long squash with shitake


soba with sauteed cherry tomato, fungi stirfried cabbage, boiled egg, long squash with shitake.


brown rice, fungi stirfried cabbage, eggplant with sauce, cherry tomato, egg with carrot.


brown rice, long squash with shitake, egg fried carrots, eggplant with sauce.


soba, bitter melon, cherry tomato, meatball, okura, gold and red beets.


pan fried saury, soba, okura, cherry tomato, scrambed egg, bitter melon, eggplant.


teriyaki eggplant, okura, meatball, cherry tomato, boiled egg, brown rice.


onigiri, nori tamagoyaki, okura, meatball, shitake, cherries.


peas, roasted red pepper, ginger sweet and sour scrambled egg, spaghetti with roasted red pepper.


blackbean brown rice, nori tamagoyaki, teriyaki eggplant, green pepper (from the backyard), cherry tomato.

Blueberry Creamcheese Strudel Cake

This is for Bec's birthday. Recipe is here.


blackbean brown rice, green onion tamagoyaki, bokchoyo, sauteed red pepper, miso glazed salmon


This day I forgot to bring the bento box back from the school. So this big one was difficult to handle. In it, meatball, broccoli, red pepper, basile scrambled egg.


brown rice, teriyaki meatball, borccoli, boiled egg, sauteed red pepper.

Teriyaki Meatball

I was craving for some teriyaki meatballs but never had luck to make any teriyaki dish before. So this time I took my dad's advice that used some red miso while cooking. The meatball was made from scratch. The final product was very tasty!


sauteed cabbage, ginger sauteed butternut squash, teriyaki meatball, broccoli, nori tamagoyaki.


brown rice, nori tamagoyaki, broccoli, sauteed cabbage, salmon with wasabi.


lime beets, extra firm tofu with cabbage, butternut squash, broccoli, baked salmon, cherry tomato, brown rice.


ginger sauteed butternut squash, braised beef, chicken, cherry tomato, lime beets, brown rice.Downside this day, I didn't put any green vege into the bento box.


nori tamagoyaki, ginger sauteed butternut squash, broccoli, extra firm tofu sauteed cabbage, brwon rice.


blackbean brown rice, teriyaki meatball, nori tamagoyaki, bitter melon, garlic sauce eggplant.


blackbean brown rice, bitter melon, green onion tamagoyaki, garlic sauce eggplant, ground pork with carrot


sauteed broccoli, cherry tomato, teriyaki eggplant, ground pork with carrots.


tomato scrambled egg, teriyaki eggplant, broccoli, ground pork with carrots.


tomato scrambled egg, sauteed cabbage, teriyaki eggplant, broccoli.


extra firm tofu with cabbage, shitake, cherry tomato, tamagoyaki, bitter melon, brown rice.