Midori okowa bento for flower time – Green tea rice lunchbox

Bento today. It’s a leisure lunch, a picnic for a park bench. I do it for the fun. For the pleasure of using nice boxes too.

I don’t live the lunchbox at work lifestyle. I don’t need to as most days, either I work at home or I can arrange my schedule to be back to eat.

Then, it’s inconvenient in a Japanese big city. There is no place to eat in business areas. No parks, you don’t have your own desk anywhere. In small towns, I have visited friends at their job, and all the staff stopped working for lunch break, so the office was turned into a dining room. No such thing in Osaka. That never stops, people take their break in turn, if they take it. You can eat in from of customers, not very professional. So if your only option is to eat your packed lunch standing in the company’s closet or in emergency staircase, it’s better to have a sandwich. It’s good for the mood to get out of the workplace for a few minutes, and there are countless delicious shokudo (small restaurants).

Green rice. The idea comes from the Shizuoka Gourmet’s eki-ben cha meshi.Okowa means it’s sticky rice, mochigome. It’s 50% sticky and 50 % brown rice here. I added a few used tea leaves and macha green tea powder diluted in water at the end.

Veggie side. Steamed carrot and green peppers, white beans with sweet chili sauce.

Protein side. A ball of ikanago (eel fish bait) with curry spices, rolled in bread crumbs and black sesame. Dices of konnyaku

The whole lunch with a crisp apple as a dessert.

Don’t forget to put the flower in the box. That will be nice to see it at lunch time.

Angulas okonomiyaki, free style

Another okonomiyaki… totally different in taste and texture. Ingredients variation gives a new dish.
It’s not classic at all. You can see this little fish. It’s ikanago (small Japanese eel). Yes, I have a big stock…

Cabbage, with a little onion, carrot and ginger. Lots of those fish. An egg is added to the batter. That’s why it gets this golden color.

Sauce is Worcester sauce reheated with tomato paste. Toppings are shredded shiso leaves, flat beans and shichimi togarashi (7 spice mix).

Spring ikanago in Spring rolls, with gomadare sauce

Japanese fresh fish bait, with sweet and sour sesame sauce (goma-dare)…. fusion with Southern rice-paper raw Spring rolls. That’s a very fresh and tasty combo.

Ikanago are small Japanese eels. It’s the season and they were sold raw. These are “produced in Osaka”, so it seems they farm them. I rinsed them in water and boiled quickly in salty water. It is said the water has to have 4% of salt like seawater. Well…roughly, I did that.

Mungo bean sprouts, slightly crushed sesame seeds.

Saya ingen beans, steamed kabocha pumpkin.

All that is rolled inside rice-paper.

Gomadare : The sauce is made by pounding sesame seeds, garlic, dried chili pepper. Then rice vinegar, white miso and brown sugar are mixed in.