Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Enoki Beef Roll Bento

enoki bento
Enoki, or golden needle mushrooms, wrapped up in thin slices of beef is one of my favourite dishes to order along with a bowl of mai sin (米线 rice noodles) in soup. The last time I tried to make the enoki beef rolls at home, I cooked the mushrooms and beef briefly before rolling them. Enoki mushrooms cook very quickly, so I ended up with limp mushrooms and hard to roll cooked beef. Needless to say, it was a failed attempt.

I decided to try it again - this time, I rolled marinated raw beef around uncooked mushrooms, then grilled it briefly. It worked much better this time!

Also in the bento: tamagoyaki triangles, haricot beans stir-fried in sambal belachan chilli, plain rice onigiri and frozen raspberries and blueberries. I made this up this morning and it took much longer than expected, so the frozen fruit tossed in was a great time-saver.

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Enoki Beef Rolls

Thinly sliced, long strips of beef (if your supermarket or butcher sells pre-sliced beef for shabu shabu (Japanese hot pot), this is perfect)
Enoki mushrooms, washed with the bottom roots cut off
sesame oil
soya sauce
  1. Separate the beef strips onto a shallow plate (I used 180g of beef, cut into 7 thin strips). 
  2. Coat the beef with a bit of sesame oil and soya sauce (For 180g beef, I added 1 tsp sesame oil and 2 tsp soya sauce). 
  3. Cut the enoki mushrooms so the length matches the width of your beef strips (or a little longer).
  4. Place a small amount of enoki mushroom at one end of each beef strip, and roll it up.
  5. Heat up a grill, and grill the beef rolls for 1 minute, or until cooked. If your beef is thin, the rolls will cook very quickly. You could also panfry the rolls in a little oil.
Tip: You can also glaze the rolls with some teriyaki or soya sauce, but I found that the marinade was salty enough on its own. 


Bento Pet said...

Great bento blog! Some of the bentos are just awesome!!

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