Curried Tuna Rice Bento

A friend enlisted my help in finishing her breakfast once. She prepared a simple, experimental dish of tuna cooked in coconut milk and some spices and dumped it all on some brown rice. It was spicy, hearty and very flavorful. I liked it so much that I begged her to tell me how to cook it.

Curried Tuna Rice Bento

16 July 2008 • Bento #207

Fortunately for me, she was generous enough to share how it was done. You could just imagine how quick I was to try it out. Luckily, it tasted good enough—hot and spicy, with a heady hint of cumin. Mixed with the rice, it was simply enchanting. The rice was perfect for alleviating the spiciness, making you keep going and going until the last bite was gone.

Curried Tuna Rice

To go with the curried tuna rice, I topped it with some green peas and smoked salmon and a mint leaf and a cherry tomato to accentuate the design, making a colorful, fun and very hearty lunch.

Curried Tuna Rice v. 11 September 2008

1 tbsp oil
1 onion, chopped
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp curry powder
3 finger chilis, sliced
1 can tuna flakes in oil, drained
1 can hot and spicy tuna flakes, drained
1 cup coconut milk
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp curry powder
black pepper
cooked brown rice

1. Saute onion in oil, then season with half of the cumin and curry powder.
2. Add chili, then sauté a bit. Add tuna and sauté a bit more.
3. Add coconut milk then season with remaining cumin, curry powder and pepper. Add more coconut milk, depending on how liquidy you want it to be.
4. Spoon over cooked brown rice and mix evenly.

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12 Responses to Curried Tuna Rice Bento

  1. aoitenshi says:

    Aw wow that looks so good! I love love love spicy tuna, and you topped it off with salmon too. That meal’s so perfect!

  2. aoitenshi says:

    Scary thought! Cooking instant soup was actually hard for me already haha, but I’m keeping that recipe in mind for future reference. 😉

  3. The salmon/green pea visual is sooo striking and tempting. Galing!

  4. I love the symetry of the salmon and peas! such a pretty color combo too

    My mom gave me some smoked salmon the other day, I’m going to have to experiment now! I might just try that curried tuna, it looks divine!

  5. Alexis says:

    hi. i stumbled on your blog while looking for bentos in Manila. 😀 I’ve been reading some of your posts and you named places in the makati area that sell bento boxes.

    do you know of any in the mandaluyong/quezon city area? i don’t go to makati often but i wanted to get a bento box for my coming trips in october. :)

    thanks for your time in answering, whenever you do. no rush. :p

  6. kaoko says:

    Fight fight Julls! Conquer the kitchen 😀

    Thanks, hehe. Kaso ito yung hindi ko pinatikim sa iyo because it was too spicy for you. ^_^

    Thanks! I love how bright orange looks beside green. *points all around to blog theme :P*

    Hi Alexis! Glad you found your way here. A standard tip for me is to check out your nearby Japan Home / Daiso 88 stores, as well as any My Dollar Store branches in your area. The stocks are seasonal but if you go every few weeks or so, I’m sure you’ll chance upon some. SM Department store is also a good place to look, who’d have thought! They’re sure to have Thermos thermal bentos but I have chanced upon ordinary, Japanese-style boxes there too. Good luck searching!

  7. Alexis says:

    thanks for the tips! :) i’ll try sm one of these days. and maybe convince my dad to go Japan Home. He likes all the little things japanese stores sell. XD

    • kaoko says:

      They are awesome. I usually end up buying something I have no intention of buying simply because! You can imagine how insane I went when I got to go to the actual Daiso chain overseas. 😛

      • we have a DAISO now too — behind the MEGAMALL at ST. FRANCIS SQUARE; however, it’s not as fun as real DAISO in JAPAN i’m afraid XP

      • kaoko says:

        How does the stock there compare to Japan Home? Cause the Daiso at Alabang Town looks like the same as Japan Home. Do you think the one at St. Francis Square is part of the international chain or is it just Japan Home renamed?

        I fear going to the actual Daiso in Japan. Just the one in Singapore made my head spin—what more the actual Japanese one?

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