Today’s Lunch Box/Bento (’10/31): Johoku Park Bento

Today’s bento has been named “Johoku Park Bento” because the Missus who had a day off yesterday called me during the afternoon to join her for a walk in Johoku Park during a break at work. I actually had to bicycle there first. LOL.

But it was defunitely worth the trip.
Johoku Park is located by the new Shizuoka Municipal Library and it is the ideal place to stay away from the bustle of city, but still within manageable distance. On the other it gest crowded on Holidays.

One can freely choose his/her right spot for a deserved rest and meal.
If it rains, no worry as there is great cafe called Tables Spoon nearby (I’m planning a post on it)!

The Missus did work a lot preparing today’s bento.

She had concocted the meat balls with minced beef and pork and bits of lotus ro0ts the night before before frying them this morning. The lotus root provided for a welcome crunchy bite. Tomatoes are sweet and grown in Shizuoka. As for the peas in their pods, they come from her family’s garden.

She added chopped red pimento and string beans (boiled) and cheese to the tamagoyaki/Japanese omelette (very soft and yummy). Lettuce and Kyoto-style red pickled cucumbers provided the colours and fibers.

The “mame gohan”/rice and green peas has an interesting story.

She first boiled the green peas inside their pods.
She discarded the pods but used the water she boiled them in to steam the rice, giving it plenty of nutrients and a beautiful colour.
She mixed the boiled peas with the rice only once the rice was steamed. If you steamed together the peas will become mushy.

For dessert fresh orange from her family’s garden and canned Chinese lychees!

Next time, if the weather is fine (it was a horror today…), I plan to take my bento to the park!

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8 thoughts on “Today’s Lunch Box/Bento (’10/31): Johoku Park Bento”

  1. You’re a great ambassador of the Japanese food! I love your “mame gohan”/ rice and green peas story. Very interesting, indeed and nice pictures, too. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Dear Robert,

    How nice to be able to feast on something so nice made by the Missus 🙂 and get to enjoy the beautiful serene park. Let’s exchange places :p


  3. I love peas and rice, but I never thought of cooking the rice with the boiled peas water! Fantastic idea. Brilliant! I’m copying the Missus’s idea. Please relay my thanks to her for my bento education.


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