Monday, 31 October 2016

[recipe] Halloween Bento serve with Japanese Curry

Hello everyone! Trick or Treats for this Halloween? Time flies as we have being missing from this space for more than 3 months due to personal commitments and health. Here I sincerely apologies to all friends and readers who still frequent this website to checkout our recipes and updates. Will definitely try my best to update as frequent as possible but meanwhile you can still catch up our on-going updates over at Instagram account.

Since it's Halloween today, I would like to share a related themed post which I hope you will like it. Till then enjoy your party today with lot of fun and spooky food.



HALLOWEEN BENTO


This is a pretty quick and straight forward Halloween themed bento which you can do it together with your kids. Curry ingredients can be swap using only veggies (such as potato, carrot, eggplant, zucchini and etc), beef, or even minced meat depending on what you have in your pantry.

As for the rice balls, I just used normal grains and cook it with slightly more water then the usual measurement (about 2 tablespoons more). After which I shaped them into desire design using a clipwrap while the rice is still warm.

(Yield: 2 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 15 minutes)

Ingredients:
150g chicken breast fillet, cubed
2 medium potato, cubed
1 small carrot, cubed
1 medium brown onion, diced
2-3 Japanese curry stock cubes
500ml hot water

Marinade:
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 cooking wine
1/2 tsp light soy sauce
1/4 tsp dark soy sauce
1/4 tsp sesame oil
Dash of pepper


Method:
1. Marinate chicken with marinade for at last 30 minutes.

2. Sauté onion with 1 teaspoon of oil till fragrant, add in potato and carrot then continue to cook for another 2 minutes on low heat.

3. Remove the onion mixture to a bowl; add another teaspoon of oil and seared marinated chicken till slightly brown.

4. Add back onion mixture and give it a quick stir. Add in hot water and simmer for about 10 minutes till potato soften.

5. Remove pot from heat, add curry cubes and stir until well mixed. Serve immediately with steamed rice.

Ingredients:
1.5 cup uncooked rice
1 hard-boiled egg, halved
some broccoli florets
4 slices of pumpkin (0.5cm thick)
1 sandwich cheese
1 seaweed sheet


Method:
1. Rinse and cook rice using rice cooker or stove. Next while waiting for the recipe to cook, prepare the Japanese curry and using any pumpkin design cookie cutter to cut out some pumpkin shapes.

2. Blanch pumpkin cutouts and broccoli florets in lightly salted boiling water for 1 - 2 minutes till soft to bite. Remove, rinse with cold water and set aside.

3. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of warm rice on heavy duty clingwrap then shaped them into desire Halloween themed designs (you can refer to the example above).

4. Assemble the curry, rice balls, vegetables and hard-boiled egg on two serving plates. Next using either nori puncher or scissor to cutout different facial expressions from seaweed sheet then fix it on the rice balls.

5. As for the bats, you can place a slice of sandwich cheese on nori sheet then trace the outline of the bat using a toothpick or craft craving knife.


[Breakfast] Halloween themed breakfast treat
Till then that's all for today's post and I am heading off to prepare our dinner for tonight. Whereas some of you might be just having your breakfast or getting ready to grab your ingredients to prepare a feast for Halloween Party. So let's all get busy and chat again on next post.

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