Today’s Bento/Lunch Box (12/02): Nanbanzuke Aji/Sweet and Sour Horse Mackerel Bento!

We are very much in the season for Aji/鯵/Horse mackerel and since it is abundant in the Suruga Bay off the shores of Shizuoka Prefecture the Missus thought it was about time I had some fish for bento!

For the rice the Missus steamed it plain with hijiki/sweet seaweed and mixed the lot later with plenty of golden sesame seeds.
For a touch of design and balance she added some soft boiled egg of her own invention.

The side dish could be considered as the main dish, what with all the ingredients and colors!

Nanbanzuke means Japanese-style sweet and sour. The Missus prepares it spicier than usual with some sliced dry chillies and onion rings. It is a great way to season horse mackerel which already has a marked taste. The fish was placed over some lettuce to eat together.

No much need for a dessert with some many vegetables:
Carrot and walnut salad.
Boiled taro/satoimo seasoned with black sesame seeds.
Local mini tomato.

I took my time savoring the whole!


With a Glass, Einfach Bento,
Clumsyfingers by Xethia
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4 thoughts on “Today’s Bento/Lunch Box (12/02): Nanbanzuke Aji/Sweet and Sour Horse Mackerel Bento!”

  1. I make nanban zuke very often in the Summer (I mean I discovered it last Summer and kept on making…). I love it, but mine is not sweet and sour. Only sour (vinegar) and hot (chillies). It’s one of my favourite Japanese dishes. The bento looks terrific, as always and I must remember what to do with hijiki I bought about a year ago and never used! Excellent idea.


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