My brain went haywire a couple of days ago so I spent Tuesday and Wednesday grocery shopping for food. I hit South Supermarket, New Hatchin Japanese Grocery, and Makati Supermarket Alabang, spending a few thousand pesos, just on groceries. The idea was save money through bento. In theory, a very sound one. In practice however—
Let’s just say fellow foodies can probably relate with that adrenalin rush accompanied by the rapid outpouring of cooking ideas one encounters as she strolls down a grocery aisle. Anyway, the bottomline is, we have a stuffed freezer and I should start preparing bento on a more regular basis to make the food expenditure worth it. So, here is Day 1 of post-“food shopping moment of insanity.”
â€¢ Korean Barbecue-style Chicken
â€¢ Takoyaki with personality!
â€¢ A sauce box of Kewpie Mayo
â€¢ Bean sprouts sauteed in oyster sauce
Today’s bento was grossly unbalanced, proportion-wise. The amount of rice was tiny, the chicken overwhelming. If you’re cutting down on carbs, it’s probably a good idea but I’m of the no-diet diet so it translates to too little rice! Still, that was the only frozen rice we had on hand and I was too lazy to cook a fresh batch.
The Chicken was bought marinated in Korean Barbecue marinade from a Magnolia Chicken Station. When I’m low on bento supplies, I always hit a Magnolia Chicken Station to get chicken breast fillets, ground chicken, and whatever looks interesting. What I like about getting it from them is I can dictate how little I want. Sometimes, I’d buy just three breast fillets for three separate meals and they’re always quick to oblige. Something which you can’t really do when you buy the frozen pre-packed kind that’s usually sold in kilos. For this particular chicken dish, I simply stir-fried the store-bought marinated chicken in a little oil. The chopped spring onions and sesame seeds, I sprinkled when they were already in the bento. Verdict on the instant chicken dish? Quick and yummy! Not to mention, awfully photogenic.
The takoyaki was bought pre-cooked, as part of my Hatchin stash. To prepare, I simply nuked them for less than a minute in the microwave then garnished them with nori faces. Just to infuse some character to my food. Funny how their expression’s vary. You think Mr. Smiley Takoyaki had any idea what the future held in store for him?