Tuesday, November 03, 2009

November 3rd Bento Lunch

I love Chinatown.

It's definitely in my top five favorite things about living in Toronto.

BF and I went there this weekend and bought homemade dumplings from a dumpling shop, homemade barbecue pork pastries from a Chinese bakery and all kinds of yummy produce.

So, I figured that calls for a bento!
My lunch today consisted of one barbecue pork pastry (my favorite food in the world) cut in half, three gyoza, fried then steamed, and veggies consisting of steamed broccoli, asparagus and lotus root slices (boiled with a little water, sugar and vinegar). For some fruit, I packed pomegranate seeds, raspberries and persimmons. I also included a little sauce bottle filled half and half with soy sauce and rice vinegar for the gyoza.

This lunch was a little heavy on the fried foods and a little light on protein, but it's what I was in the mood for, so it's all good. It was probably one of the most delicious bento lunches I've made. There were lots of great textures with the crunch of the lotus root and pomegranate seeds, the softness of the pork and dumplings and the smooth sweetness of the persimmons. I'm tempted to have the same thing for supper!

Edited on November 4th to Add:

Hello again!

I enjoyed yesterday's lunch so much that I decided to make it again today. I guess that practice makes perfect because I thought it turned out much cuter than yesterday's. So much so that I decided to show it to you.

Here it is:
The only changes I made were to add a few carrot flowers and I switched out the sauce bottle for a panda one because my other bottle developed a leak.

Much better!


Menopausal New Mom said...

Hi Jacki, that looks so fresh and so delicious. I'm so jealous that you have a Chinatown close by. Best food, best prices and so much variety.

BTW, I have a couple more blog awards to pass out. Would you like a couple?

Unknown said...

I'm glad to see your posting bentos again! I've missed seeing your cute food!

Jacki said...

Thanks ladies :)

Thanks for thinking of me for the blog awards, but I don't read enough blogs to be able to nominate them and continue on the blog award tradition. They're too much pressure for me! lol

I see you've won quite a few though! Your blog has gotten really popular, Congrats!

Menopausal New Mom said...

Hi Jacki, okay, I'll pass them on elsewhere although not everyone goes through all the mumbo jumbo to pass them on. They look nice in the margin though.

Do you think you would be able to fix my analytics for this blog? I'm getting so many visitors and have no idea where they are coming from.

If it looks like a long drawn out fix, don't bother.

Glad to see you are doing bentos again. They look so good!

Bookiewookie said...

Hi Jacki - welcome to Toronto. It's nice to see you making bentos again. (I used to follow your bentos on the Lush forum) I've just gotten into making them myself so it's nice to see what others doing. If you'd like, please share them on the forum -I'm sure old posters would love to have you back!

Dominique said...

Yummy bento! It's nice to see you bento-ing again--even if it's the same thing twice in a row, hahaha.

Those pork pastries sure look good but I'm not a huge fan of flaky pastries.

My mom is super close to Chinatown now so I'll have to see if she can pick me up some pomegranates. The ones in our area are sadly, very expensive and tiny!

Menopausal New Mom said...

Hi Jacki, I have an award for you at my place so take a swing by and pick it up, I promise, no string attached!

Hey, shouldn't you be following me Lol??!!

Connie K said...

Great looking food !

Ren said...

Hi! :o) I used to read your blog but haven't been back for a while, and I just noticed there haven't been any updates for half a year. Hope everything's good and you're just too busy living life to document it for strangers to read ;o)

Amy B. said...

Haha wow! That looks like a big filling lunch but what's great about it is it's healthy. I love it, I'm sharing this to my friends in Foodista :-)

Chef Gulzar said...


Great looking food !delicious......
That looks like a big filling lunch.
Thanks for sharing this.

James Parker….
Chef Gulzar

Peggy said...

What a delicious bento! That's the one thing i hate about living in just a "medium-sized" city... no Chinatown!

Sheri said...

That looks very yummy Jacki!


niva keren or said...

i loved your bentos! i also do bento, visit me at "oishii obento" :-) http://oishii-o-bento.blogspot.com/
bye bye Niva