Beef and Straw Mushroom Bento

In my mind, beef and mushrooms in oyster sauce sounded like a good idea. I mean, I love beef, I love mushrooms. Plus, I’ve always loved eating beef and broccoli in oyster sauce. Time to experiment. But I guess, I can’t always score wins each time.

Beef & Straw Mushroom Bento

Bento #164 • 26 September 2007

Well, in fairness, it wasn’t that bad. I just found it a bit too salty and sweet, and I also wished it were more liquidy. To cook, I started off with a thin sirloin steak (roughly 100 grams) which I cut into bite-sized pieces. I sautéed half an onion, added the beef, straw mushrooms, then drizzled on some oyster sauce and sprinkled some sugar. BIG MISTAKE 😛 Next time, I’ll skip the onions—it overpowered the dish—and add a small amount of water before adding the oyster sauce. It appears that straw mushrooms don’t release much water, hence the need to add more. And I’ll skip the sugar.

On the top half of the bento is a bunch of plum tomato wedges, dusted with some sea salt, and some bokchoy and beef rolls. I found some leftover cooked ground beef in the fridge and decided to make little bokchoy rolls. I steamed them in a little microwave steamer then popped them in a bento.

Lastly, I packed rice! Can’t see it, but trust me, it’s there, under the beef and mushrooms. All in all, not a bad bento. Could’ve been tastier but far from unedible. Just a few tweaks and I may eventually add the recipe to the recipe index.

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9 Responses to Beef and Straw Mushroom Bento

  1. KF says:

    Lastly, I packed rice! Can’t see it, but trust me, it’s there, under the beef and mushrooms.

    lol there are some visible grains ^__^

    Oh and if it’s still salty next time, you can add broccoli and other vegies!! Bok choy/choy sum of course works… young corn is also a nice addition… umm… yeah ^_^ oh!! Snow peas = WIN.

    Gah! >__*stomach grumbles*

  2. KF says:

    oops… up there is some bad html editing -____-

    The stuff after was supposed to be just a complaint about how it sucks to look at those pics when you’ve got pretzels for breakfast XD

  3. dementedchris says:

    This would have been the perfect meal for poor little me these days, except for the oyster sauce bit. Still, I’d love to try it–looks yummy!

  4. kaoko says:

    But I love pretzels! What do you have, the thick soft freshly fried ones or the cracker like mini-pretzels? But then, I love both 😛

    Was this comment posted after your shots? XD

    • KF says:


      LOL now I’m craving the fresh ones!!

      Yeah… just the mini cracker type 😛 I guess it’s better than having potato chips in the morning ^___^

      • kaoko says:

        No! I disagree! Nothing, absolutely nothing tops potato chips. *evil laughter* <--- the true colors of a potato chip junkie.

  5. toni says:

    It looks good anyway! :)

  6. Manila Tour says:

    im craving for this kind of food! looks creamy and that’s what i love….

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