Balanced diet? Quite! This can be a nice poster for healthy eating, if only the pork werenâ€™t fried. Still, it was filling and satisfying—always my main consideration for packing lunch.
The pepper fried pork is a quick, fried pork dish. Taking a porkloin steak, I dusted it with salt and lots of pepper, then fried on both sides. The pork was sliced before adding to the box to make it easier to handle come lunch time. On the side is a small amount of bokchoy sautÃ©ed lightly until wilted. Added more as a bento filler rather than a serious side, it reminded me that I’m all out of tomatoes, quail eggs and umeboshi (Japanese pickled plums), my classic space fillers.
On the right are straw mushrooms and flower-shaped carrots sautÃ©ed in a little oyster sauce. Healthy right? Then to complete the lunch, steamed rice dusted with furikake, a Japanese rice seasoning. Oh and a little tonkatsu sauce in the Hello Kitty sauce cup to dip the pepper fried pork in.