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Microwave mixed rice & fried chicken
Posted By Biggie On June 1, 2007 @ 10:30 am In bento, equipment, fish or seafood, for kids, lactose free, poultry, recipe, rice | 12 Comments
Bug’s lunch: Quick mixed brown and white rice with asparagus,  kamaboko fish cake, and green onions (recipe below). Strawberries, green grapes and Ajinomoto-brand Japanese-style fried chicken (”kara-age”). Pre-cooked frozen fried chicken was great in theory, but not very good in practice as it turned out soggy and greasy — yuck. It was moist and the flavor was good, but the breading was unappetizing. Didn’t bother Bug, though, as he devoured the chicken but left the rice untouched for reasons yet unknown…
Morning prep time: 8 minutes, using frozen fried chicken and microwave faux “fried rice” using leftover cold rice.
Packing: For the fried chicken, I used paper-lined cups specially designed to absorb the oil from fried food (bought at Daiso in Daly City, CA for US$1.50 — look for the cartoon shrimp on the package). I was pleased with these as they absorbed a lot of oil from the chicken. This was too large for Bug, but the leftovers didn’t go to waste…
My lunch was the same as Bug’s, with bigger pieces of chicken and halved strawberries instead of quartered.
I used a shortcut to make cheater’s 5-minute “fried rice” in the microwave that I adapted from Japanese bento cookbook åœ’å…ã®ãŠã¹ã‚“ã¨ã†ã€€(”Kindergartner Bentos” from Kodansha), a variation on  this version that I made a while back.
Loose Recipe for Mixed Rice
NOTE: I keep a cheap  sesame seed grinder filled with roasted sesame seeds for freshly ground sesame. If you don’t have a  sesame seed roaster, you can use a frying pan covered with a splatter screen to toast your own sesame seeds (cheaper and fresher than buying them pre-roasted, but slower).
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 kamaboko: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamaboko
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 this version: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/02/23/speed-bento-microwave-mixed-rice/
 sesame seed grinder: http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/pDetail.asp?p=536
 sesame seed roaster: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001Z8PA6?ie=UTF8&tag=luinabo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=178
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 Need for speed: A mommy’s lunch manifesto: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/04/23/need-for-speed-a-mommys-lunch-manifesto/
 How to pack a bento lunch and use “gap fillers”: 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/
 Packed lunch food safety: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/05/08/food-safety-for-packed-lunches-updated/
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