Anime Bento

Throw together this delicious chicken karaage, egg and rice lunch that's almost too adorable to eat.

Ingredients

karaage (fried chicken)

  • 1 chicken thigh, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • Tempura powder for dusting
  • Frying oil

Egg Flower

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cooking oil

Octopus Sausage

  • Small Japanese or Korean sausages
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

To Assemble

  • Green lettuce leaf
  • 1 1/4 cups short grain rice, cooked
  • 2 slices ham
  • 1 baby carrot
  • 1 sheet nori
  • 2 hard-boiled quail eggs
  • Black sesame seeds
  • 1 slice American cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes

Steps

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine chicken, soy sauce, mirin and grated ginger. Let it marinate 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Dust chicken with tempura powder, and fry in oil for 5 to 7 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and golden brown outside. Place on a plate lined with paper towels.

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