Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Chicken Karaage & Rucola Sushi Bento



I thought about making a charaben today, but I got too lazy, so I made sushi instead ;). I I filled in the sushi rolls with chicken karaage (Japanese fried chicken), rucola, Sriracha chili sauce and mayonnaise. It was delicious...!! I was always playing safe and the only kinds of veggies I'd used so far were cucumber, lettuce, spring onions and avocado. Now I am adding rucola too and I don't regret it!

Last week I also made chicken karaage using Nami's recipe from Just One Cookbook. I still used her recipe but I added minced garlic to the chicken this time so that I can annoy my colleagues tomorrow with my bad breath...;)! *Uuppsss*

Chicken Karaage
Adapted from Just One Cookbook

2 tablespoons sake
3 tablespoons soy sauce
½ teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
A pinch of pepper
5 skinless & boneless organic chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
1½ cup corn starch (more or less)
Oil for deep frying

Mix all ingredients (except the oil) and marinate for 30 minutes before deep frying the chicken pieces.




The left bento box contains chicken karaage drumsticks, pan-fried shao mai and one piece of radish. The right bento box contains chicken karaage/rucola/mayo/chili sauce maki sushi and a few pieces of strawberries, grapes, cherries and blueberries.



As you can see, I use this red bento box with Ikebana design quite often. The shape of this bento box makes it easy to fill. It's got a quite nice size too, not too big but also not to small.



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38 comments:

  1. I would love to have this bento for my lunch today. Everything in it looks delicious!

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  2. You're so funny CG! Annoying your colleagues with bad breath! LOL
    You rolled your maki very well! I'm still trying and the most difficult part is cutting...

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  3. The shao mai looks delicious. I think I need to try to make that!

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  4. Really love your bento as usual...so creative and colourful!

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  5. aaah, CG! why you can always make such a delicious bento? i want all of your bento creation everytime i visit your blog. do you always make it everyday? *craving*

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  6. A lovely bento and delicious Sushi!! yummy!!!! gloria

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  7. CG, it's a beautiful bento box, and everything inside looks so good. I'm ready for lunch now, can you slide it over to me? Thanks! I'll have to make this sushi sometime, I know we'd all love it!

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  8. The dumplings look so good right now! I'm hungry just looking at them!

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  9. looks absolutely delicious!

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  10. i still can't understand why there is the myth sushi rolls are hard to make. Sure until they look as perfect as yours it takes some experience but other than that it's a quick and very tasty snack!

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  11. Sieht mal wieder super lecker aus ;)
    Kann es sein, das du Essen vom Vortag verwendest? ^^ Weil in dem Bento ja auch schon Sachen von dem drin war. ;)

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  12. Hi CG! Thanks for the mention, and I still need to post my regular Karaage recipe... I don't like the picture, so I have to cook and re-take. By the way, that's what happened in Shrimp Tempura... I got all step-by-step picture right (including how to prep shrimp and stuff - so many photos!) but I just don't like the main picture... Ugh. You take great picture of deep fried food. Somehow mine gets too soft(?) after I cooked it. I think I take way too long to set up a camera before taking pictures. So food gets sort of "old" for photo shoot. Or simply I have no skills. LOL. Your obento oishiso~~~!

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  13. @ Monica Adriana - Thanks, Mon:). No, I don't make bento everyday, but I try to do it very regularly...:)

    @ Lyndsey - Come over and I'll gladly share the sushi ;)!

    @ Cele - You're absolutely right, sushi rolls are actually quite easy to make, but making the rice perfect, etc is the hard part, I think...

    @ Satsuki - Ja Du hast recht ;)! Manchmal können wir nicht alles aufessen. Aber die Sachen heute waren eigentlich alles neu...;).

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  14. @ Nami -I know what you mean about those photo sessions and then re-taking photos, etc ;). I always get annoyed everytime the photos I take don't turn out as I wish and in the end have to cancel posting something just because I don't like the photos. I still look forward to your shrimp tempura post :D)! I think your photography skills are really good, Nami. I am still wondering how people (including you) manage to blur the background and make the main dish very clear and bright, if you know what I mean...;)

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  15. that chicken sounds amazing, and you can make anything look appetising!

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  16. Ooh I love chicken karaage! It's so delicious and so good in a bento :D

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  17. Yummy as always! Oh, thanks a lot for the chicken karaage recipe CG :D. Have a great day!

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  18. Both are so lovely. I wish I can them for my lunch!

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  19. I love rucola and the idea of a rucola sushi :-)

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  20. You tempt me too often with the chicken karaage... Maybe today is THE day to try it???
    I also put very often grilled or fried chicken in my maki rolls! Of course they don't look as nice as yours.
    So you say all I see above is made when you are "too lazy"??? Hmmm... I wonder what you would think about the dishes I prepare when I'm lazy ;-)

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  21. I can't stop admiring the beauty of your bento, as always :p

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  22. Chicken karaage is one of my favourites. So flavourful..and a little naughty too.

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  23. hi , how have u been? this is what i call perfect meal. everythg looks so complete, delicious and perfectly presented!!

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  24. Looks amazing as usual 

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  25. CG, you are humourous..abt that bad breath statement!!

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  26. Your chicken looks delicious, so tasty...and the bento is always so cute. Have a great week :-)

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  27. I don't mind the lazy version, love sushi!

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  28. We must do a trade someday.. I would love to try that strawberry choco someday.

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  29. aarggghhhhh.....*bongkar bongkar kulkas cari ayam buat bikin karaage*

    jam berapapun aku buka blogmu....pasti jadi LAPAR!!! :p

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  30. So so cute! I love all of your Bentos. What a cute blog you have :)

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  31. Your sushi rolls look so pretty! :D And I love that you rolled the arugula into them. :)

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  32. I can'tt wait to try some of the recipes you tried. I'll be going home for good :)

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  33. I have never seen chicken-filled sushi, and I love the idea! and your bento looks beautiful as always :-)

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  34. Wow, that looks so delicious and love the bento box too!

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  35. Looks delicious! Wish I could dig into your bento box!

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