For real this time, I'm going to restart my bentos. Stay tuned, I'm creating a calzone (hopefully in the healthy sense) slash italian themed bento to kick things off. Yet another diet change, but I'm hopeful it will be good!
This is actually a post that's been sitting in the queue for quite some time. A while back we had a Taiwanese potluck where everyone brought a food favorite from Taiwan. I didn't have a favorite food so I said I'd make whatever someone wanted. One of my wife's friends had a real hankering for Da Chang Mian Xian (大腸麵線 also called Mee Sua), a Taiwanese vermicelli street food dish, I of course open my big mouth and say: "sure how hard could it be to make?" (famous last words). Surely there was a recipe or something to go on.
As it turns out this no there's wasn't a recipe to go on. Fortunately this was something I had tried before, my wife took me back in 2012 to visit her favorite Mian Xian restaurant (Ah Zong Mian Xian 阿宗麵線) when we were visiting her old university stomping grounds. All I remember from this place were a few things: 1) it was really hot outside 2) there was no where to sit so everyone was standing around (ok a few chairs) 3) the bowl…
I've been wanting to do this bento for a while now. The challenge is that, vegetarian does not necessarily translate into healthy. Lots of indian food is cooked in Ghee (clarified butter) and has lots of cream added, saddle that to some white rice and you really don't have a high fiber, low glycemic friendly meal. I think I was able to put a nice balance between flavor and health to come up with a bento that was still in line with Indian food as a genre and fairly healthy for you at the same time.
We start with the rice. I substituted some Texmati brown rice in lieu of the traditional basmati rice. After steaming up the rice, I tossed it together with some yogurt and poppy seed which produced a nice tangy moist rice that can really stand alone as a side dish or be paired with the other entrees that I provided. I briefly toasted the poppy seeds before adding the cooked rice so the flavor of toasted poppy really stands out to complement the tangy yogurt.
I'm telling you the Opera house pictures never get old for me. I'm not sure what it is but everytime I run across one of these I have a smile on my face. Home stretch here folks. These are the last of the pictures that highlight the things I'll miss about living in Sydney. I'm sure there's stuff I've left out. It's been 4 months now since our return and I'll confess that I miss it more and more. It was such a different life. Anyhow onwards and upwards. Apols (that's what they say there) in advance for jumping around but I went on a sweep for the last pictures I might have missed, so it's all over the place.
Ok this is going to sound really really stupid. But that plastic box pictured above is a standard "take away" box. In other words if you order take out or ask for a box to take stuff home (beware some places don't let you) you will get your food in a container like the one above. Sometimes it's black on the bottom, sometime…