Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Somen Bento

somen bento
Today YH didn't need a bento, so it was just for me. I was feeling a bit lazy, so I ended up making this super easy somen (wheat noodle) bento. There's no cooking involved at all, apart from boiling the somen noodles. I was quite pleased as I finally got to use all 4 tubs of my Cinamaroll bento set.

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The somen noodles I used are purple in colour as they are flavoured with yam, but any type of somen would be fine.

Boil water in a saucepan, then add the somen and stir the noodles around for 1 - 2 minutes until cooked. As somen is very thin, they cook very quickly. Then rinse the noodles in cold water and wash them gently until all the starch has been removed.

To make up the bento, put the somen noodles in one container (for easier eating, cut the noodles into shorter strands) and half-fill another container with some somen dipping sauce (tsuyu). If you like, pack some shredded nori (seaweed) in a small separate container (to keep the nori from getting soggy). Add the nori on top of the noodles just before eating. For a bit of vegetable and variety, you can pack a simple salad of crabstick and lettuce - this is very good dipped into the tsuyu as well.

Don't forget to add ice-packs to keep the somen bento fresh if you are planning on leaving it outside in warm weather. Another option is to leave it in the fridge, and take it out 10 minutes or so before eating.

somen bento


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