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May 10, 2010: Bento (Lunchboxes)

May 10, 2010

Today Okonomy served Makunouchi-bento or Japanese lunchboxes to the Women’s Auxillary of the Japanese Association of Boston. Yoshio tells me that these lunchboxes originated as people going to the theater wanted snacks, so they prepared a cold lunch to take with them in these little boxes. With his usual craft, Yoshio designed a lunch that not only creative and delicious in a culinary sense, but was also beautiful to look at. His meal was:

Appetizers: Mango surrounded by a piece of prosciutto. A thin layer of roast beef  wrapped around asparagus.

Fish: Salmon (sushi-grade) poached in Zinfindel with a Lemon-Dill Sour Cream Sauce.

Meats: Chicken Breast Katsu in a Kyoto-style White Miso-Lemon Sauce. Pork Fillet Katsu with Tonkatsu Sauce.

Salads: Shaved Cabbage with Mandarin Orange. Rice Noodle and Wakami Salad with Crab Leg.

Rice: Koshi hi kari (a gourmet rice grown in California) and Roasted Sesame, topped with Pickled Plum and Daikon.

Dessert: Crepe filled with Lemon Cream and Grand Marnier. Pineapple, Blueberry, and Strawberry.

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