Make a lunchbox fit for a king with this shokado premium bento lunchbox recipe. ‘Shokado’ refers to a special type of midday or evening meal, served in an ornate bento box and containing a variety of delicious, carefully prepared and beautifully presented foods. Originally provided during tea ceremonies, shokado are now also served in high-end Japanese restaurants. Learn how to make your own shokado and impress your social circles.
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How To Prepare
Tamagoyaki is a staple of many bento lunchboxes as it is aquick and delicious way to make a Japanese style omelette. It is made byrolling together thin layers of egg in a frying pan until you get a solid pieceof rolled up egg. It can be served by itself or as a sushi topping. Follow our Tamagoyaki recipe so you can master the art of bento.
Tempura is a hugely popular Japanese dish of various seafoodand vegetables deep fried in a light and crispy batter. Unlike many other deepfried foods, tempura is very light, so vegetables are often used as well asprawns or other seafood. Any vegetable can make great tempura, so follow ourTempura recipe to learn how to make them yourself easily.
Aubergines are a favourite vegetable for pickling in Japan, their natural savoury flavour complimenting the sourness of the pickling solution. To make, slice one aubergine and add to a bowl with 3 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp soy sauce and 2 tbsp white sugar. Allow to sit for at least half an hour before adding to the shokado bento.
A fresh-tasting pasta salad is a delicious accompaniment to tamagoyaki or tempura. To make, cook 100g dried spaghetti. Meanwhile, combine 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, and a sprinkle of shiso furikake to a bowl and mix together. When pasta is ready, cool down by running under cold water and allow to drain before adding the oil mixture and tossing through.
Japanese sweet kuri chestnuts are a symbol of Autumn inJapan and give a sweet and nutty flavour to any dish, making them ideal forcakes and desserts. Finish your bento with these sweet mashed kuri chestnuts asa traditional Japanese dessert.