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Monday, January 17, 2011

cha soba bento


Hi bento pals!  Lunch for Tuesday features green tea soba noodles with ginger, chives, yellow pepper, maitake mushrooms, chives and snow peas. Teriyaki eel with garlic buds and a slice of Japanese turnip pickle (with a bit of wasabi tobiko on top) also inside.

The turnip pickle in its pretty package:

Yearning for spring as I do this time of year, the bright pink pickle lends a welcome vivid note of color (I used a cherry blossom cutter for the floral imprint)


 Yummy teriyaki eel


Hope your week is off to a good start!





38 comments:

Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan said...

wow so colourful! I've been meaning to try soba noodles I really like how filling they can be.

Lia Chen said...

OMG Jenn! This bento looks so beautiful! Pink pickled daikon is so bright. This is my first time to see pink pickled daikon. We only have the yellow takuan so far. Great to see this bento as a work of art :)

Bentobird said...

Hi J and J! Yes indeed, soba is filling and I find it energizing, too :D

Bentobird said...

Aw, thanks a lot for this wonderful comment, Lia, means so much to me...hope pink daikon becomes available near you, I'd love to see how you'd use it your beautiful bentos!

Katy Crayon said...

Your bento are always a feast for the eyes! I've seen green tea soba noodles at my local Asian market. I might just have to try them!

Bobo said...

Love your Soba bento, love the pink turnip pickles and a hint of the wasabi tobiko.
I have always love the Blue flower you add to your bento. Is it the Daffodil?

Robin said...

You always inspire both in taste and vision. Love the iris, the bento and the care you take in each post.

Bento Cat said...

OOOooo this has definitely brighten up my morning! and it definitely makes my day to see such a beautiful creation first thing I wake up. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a beautiful day too! :D

OhayoBento said...

AFter these wonderful photos my week is off to a great start. I've missed being able to come and see your wonderful bentos. I love the pink radish, the color really pops.

Sysyl said...

The color is so vibrant!It looks yummy too. Always love your bento color combination :)

Bentobird said...

Thank you Katy! Please give cha soba a try--so versatile and perfect for your Japanese food bentos!

Bentobird said...

Hi Bobo, thank you for your kind and encouraging comments, they are such a treat to read! The flower is a Japanese iris from a bouquet we purchased over the weekend...have a great day :D

Bentobird said...

Thanks Robin! Its so fun to share foodie inspiration with you...loved your recent stir-fry tutorial post, I always learn someting new at your blog :D

Bentobird said...

Greetings Bento Cat, so happy you liked this one!!

Bentobird said...

Hi there Heather, what's new? Thank you and I think we both love vivid shades of pink!

Bentobird said...

Thank you Sysyl! Have a lovely day, see you over at Purple Angel!

Lexi said...

WOW that eel looks lovely - I've never tried it but I will now! Always inspiring me to check out new flavours :)

Bentobird said...

Aw, so cool to read that Lexi! One of my fav sushi combos is eel and avocado--YUM!

sherimiya said...

Lovely combinations of flavors here. A nice wake-up call for the week!

Mauri said...

very nice!!!mauri

Arudhi said...

Beautiful! I`m curious about the wasabi tobiko. I love wasabi and I sure love fish roe too!

Bentobird said...

Thanks so much sherimiya! Happy Wednesday :D

The sun is shining here and it is to warm up to 45 degrees today, woo hoo!

Bentobird said...

Ciao Mauri, I enjoyed visiting your beautifully colorful blog, thanks for visiting!

Bentobird said...

Hi there Arudhi! Thanks! Hope you'll try some wasabi tobiko soon--really cool flavor, pretty bright green sparkle :D

Mrs. P said...

Unagi! This bento looks delicious! I wanna take a bite!!

Lyndsey said...

OMG, this is so full of color I love it. I have not heard of a maitake mushroom before, they are beautiful! I love the Japanese turnip pickle, I am going to look for that! You are so clever with the flower cutter and wasabi tobiko on top. My last bento looks just put together, not created! I think I need to find a new bento box to get my creative juices flowing again. I am also searching for a bamboo bento, it gives the whole thing a little warmth (if that makes any sense).



We are finally getting to normal temps back in the 70s again. I'm a happy camper! Your bentos always help too!



Happy Wednesday! Cheers!

Bentobird said...

Thanks so much Mrs. P! Hope you are having a great week :D

Bentobird said...

Hi Lyndsey, always love reading your warm and friendly comments! Glad you liked this one--using colors as winter therapy for a gray month!

OMG, I'm with you re bamboo bento boxes, please tell me if you find a good source. It is the one bento item I really crave for my collection now! I know Rakuten has them per megan's beautiful posts but I've been holding back on a slightly splurgy purchase(shipping=ouch!). Maybe I just need to go ahead anyway!

"Wamth" is exactly the word for what is so appealing about this type of bento box :)

Speaking of warmth, please enjoy those 70 degree temperatures for me, dear pal! I'll bet your creative inspiration will be rebounding in no time...

Pikko said...

LOVE your colors in this bento! So bright and inviting!

yunitarahmasari aka tatabonita said...

Gosh! I'm amazed! This is stunning, Jenn... Your bento picture is just like a painting (the color combination, the composition, arrangement... oh my). I especially love the pink and mushroom flowers - definitely beautiful :D

Bentobird said...

Thank you Pikko! Trying to make spring arrive just bit more quickly :D!

Bentobird said...

Hi Ta! How are things? SO glad you enjoyed this one my friend!

Kay Heritage said...

Oh, dear me! All the things I love with such beauty and COLOR! :) Always my pleasure to see your creations!

Bentobird said...

Hello Kay! I'm honored by your words...wishing you a beautiful week-end :D

Susan Yuen said...

Amazing and gorgeous colors in your bento! Your food always looks so delicious and inviting. :)

Bentobird said...

Hi Susan! Aw, thanks so much, glad you liked this one! Have a fantastic weekend dear :D

Sonoma Bento said...

Ohhh! Where did you get the eel? Did you prepare it yourself? My hubby and I loooove eel, and I would love to know how to prepare it.

Bentobird said...

Hi there SB! We picked up this eel at a Japanese market (Mitsuwa)...was wondering, how's shopping for Japanese food items in Sonoma County? Do you go to San Fran for them?