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Thai curry lunch and recipe
Posted By Biggie On May 8, 2007 @ 11:37 pm In bento, curry, food jar, for kids, glutenfree, poultry, recipe, rice, sandwich or wrap | 422 Comments
Contents: The side dish containers in the  insulated bento set contain blood orange, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and plantains with crema (sour cream) from a Salvadorean restaurant in San Francisco (Balompie). The red Thai curry is homemade with chicken, fresh corn, broccoli and yellow bell peppers; recipe follows. Thai curry is a standard throw-together dinner in our house; with the help of a few Thai pantry staples, I can get it on the table in less than 30 minutes using whatever protein and vegetables I have on hand.
Morning prep time: 6 minutes, using mostly leftovers. The fruit needed slicing, and the cold rice and curry needed heating in the microwave.
Packing: I used the “rice lid” packing technique described in  this post to pack both rice and curry in the same thermal food jar without soaking the rice through (totally covering the curry with rice after taking the photo). Be careful not to overfill the food jar, though, otherwise you’ll force the rice down into the curry and defeat the purpose of the rice lid. You can get the same effect as the pricier  insulated bento set by using a small side container and a  thermal food jar, commonly available from stores like Target or Walmart.
Bug’s Lunch Contents: Leftover kid’s burrito, cucumber sticks, blood orange slice, and plantains with crema (sour cream).
Morning prep time: 4 minutes.
Packing: I used plastic food dividers to separate the moist orange from the dry burrito, and the cucumbers from the plantains. A small pick helps small hands with the plantains, but unfortunately the little  covered sauce cups didn’t hold up to the rough treatment Bug gave the container before opening it, and crema spilled out. Lesson learned: these little cups are for lunches that’ll be handled carefully — probably not the best for children.
Kasma Loha-Unchit, author of award-winning Thai cookbook  It Rains Fishes, has an excellent  website with Thai cooking basics, preferred brands, ingredients, articles and recipes. A strong recommend for getting a grasp of Thai cooking, I learned a lot from this site.
Thai Curry (Master Recipe)
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 Need for speed: A mommyâ€™s lunch manifesto: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/04/23/need-for-speed-a-mommys-lunch-manifesto/
 Food safety for packed lunches: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/05/08/food-safety-for-packed-lunches-updated/
 How to pack a bento lunch and use â€œgap fillersâ€: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/06/11/guide-to-bento-packing-and-gap-fillers/
 Choosing the right size bento box: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/03/07/guide-to-choosing-the-right-size-bento-box/
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