Why “Talk of the Day Bento”?
I actually did not eat it in my own office but at the office of a company I do work with!
And I was certainly asked many questions by the (Japanese) ladies present!

When I opened the box, the first comment was “I want some of this lotus root!”.
Quite understandable as it looked appetizing…

After having steamed plain rice the Missus mixed it with “chirimenjako”, deep-fried sardine whiting and home-pickled Japanese pepper/sansho/参照. This sansho actually adds a great zip to the plain rice.

As for the vegetables the Missus proceeded in two steps:
She pan-fried the sliced lotus root with plenty of chopped red chili pepper and other ingredients she agreed to reveal to the ladies at the office but not on this blog!
The other vegetables, eggplants/aubergines, red and green peppers were also pan-fried in olive oil and other “secret” spices separately as the lotus root took a lot longer!

The side dish included the only meat (there was some fish, too) in this bento and the Missus had not forgotten my dessert!

Simple, tasty and cute pan-fried bacon rolls containing okra or black pepper cheese with some celery leaves and French pickles.

Lightly boiled goya/bitter melon mayonnaise salad and freshly sliced fig!

Great balance again and yummy!

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