Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Panda Rice Bento

Panda Rice Bento, originally uploaded by sherimiya ♥.
Today I made roasted sweet miso chicken a la hapabento's recipe... although I changed it up a bit... and I added a panda rice musubi because as I've mentioned before, I really like chicken with rice! I think they go together like peaches and cream! Or hugs and kisses! Anyway. I think I'm convincing MisterMan of this, as he is eating the riceballs every day, and I'm not hearing any complaints :)

For the chicken, I only had skinless boneless thighs, so that's what I used. I marinated the pieces whole in equal parts white miso and agave syrup, which is the juice from the agave plant and a sugar/honey substitute. I forgot the mirin, but I added it just before cooking. I roasted at 450F in my trusty toaster oven for quite awhile; I think maybe 40 minutes or so. I even had extra room in there so I also roasted some mini sweet peppers at the same time (though those came out after about 20 minutes).

After the chicken was done, I also roasted some baby bok choy, another hapabento idea. I had previously accidentally roasted some brussels sprouts leaves, and discovered the crunchy leaves are kinda fun to eat. Have you ever tried it? So, I thought I would try the same thing with the choy. It didn't crisp up as well, but it still came out okay, and I think it tastes neat this way. My kids swiped it through the miso sauce, and I guess it was acceptable, because they ate it all.

I added some raw carrots for extra color, and in the fruit section I put some chopped fresh pineapple, cherries, and blood orange wedges.
This bento came home completely empty; all the lettuce and sauce included -- it looked like he had washed it already! I guess he liked it :)


  1. Looks yummy! The panda is super cute.

  2. Hi sherimiya, thank you for the shout-out! I wonder if my toaster oven dial isn't reading correctly and it's hotter than the indicator? In anycase, your bento is awesome and I agree about chicken and rice. It's perfect.

  3. Hi Debra,
    Thanks for the ideas! It's good to have someone with similar tastes passing recipes to me, hehe!
    I don't know about your T.O. but I'm always afraid mine is too hot so I'm constantly checking it. Of course it doesn't occur to me to get a thermometer. Maybe mine is actually too cool, so it took longer. Who knows.
    Thanks for your nice comment!

  4. Oh my, this little panda is so cute ^-^ Yup, I think too, that rice and chicken go along well together ^.^

  5. roasting bak choy - that's something new to me, we usually stir fry with a little garlic. nice colours on the bento.

  6. colorful and yummy.
    and... cherries?! yay!

  7. very cute panda! You always make your bento look so delicious and beautiful at the same time! :D

  8. Hi Lil'chan! Thanks. Don't know what it is about chicken & rice; such a great combo :)

    javapot, we always stirfry in garlic too -- it's excellent that way. I never roasted it before like this, but it's nice for a change. Thanks!

    Thanks a lot mook! Yep, we've got cherries now!

    Thanks a lot Susan! This one was fun :)

  9. Chicken and rice are surely soul mates. Your panda is so cute *wink* Roasted baby bok-choy is kind of interesting as we don't roast much for home meal. Always love your bento Sheri (^.^)

  10. Hi Lia, glad you agree about the chicken & rice. We usually stirfry bok choy too, but this was interesting for a change. Thanks so much for your nice words, I love to hear from you!

    Hi amanda, thanks a lot!

  11. i love reading about how you influence your kids to try new culinary adventures - they're lucky to have you! this panda is adorable, you are really on a roll with simple but SUPER kawaii details!

  12. Sheri, I would like you to have the 'I LOVE YOUR BLOG' award. Please pick it up here.

  13. Hi megan,
    It's always interesting around here, that's for sure. Thanks for the encouraging words!

    Hi Lia,
    Thanks a lot for the sweet award; you are so kind with your compliments; I would give it back to you if I could 'cuz I LOVE YOUR BLOG too!!

  14. LOVE da panda! Can he come over and play? Please?