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Totoro Vegetarian Zhajiangmian Bento

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The fork / food pick is only a prop. No one in their right mind would eat noodles with it. šŸ˜›

You may remember from last week’s bentoĀ that I bought a new brand of vegetarian mince (Neal’s Yard). I decided to make a spicy Chinese noodle dish calledĀ ZhajiangmianĀ or jajamen in Japanese. Zhajiangmian is the Chinese equivalent of the spaghetti bolognese: wheat noodles topped with spicy pork mince sauce, spring onions and other toppings. I substituted pork with soya mince and mushrooms and used Shanghai noodles (white wheat noodles).

This week’s bento features Totoro, the titular character of animated film My Neighbour Totoro. I used the mince to form the body of Totoro and details from egg white and nori. Other components include julienned carrot and spring onion (scallion), egg yolk stars, and a radish eight-point star.

Unfortunately my minceĀ turned out a little dry; I decidedĀ not to postĀ the recipe. :-/

Hope everyone is having a great start to the week. šŸ™‚

Love,

Winnie xx

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Mini Totoro Bento + Veggie Chirashizushi Recipe

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Yesterday, I made a bento of vegetarianĀ chirashizushi (scattered sushi). Chirashizushi is perhaps the least known type of sushi in the UK, as many associate sushi with dainty bite-sized morsels of rice and fish. Chirashizushi is easy to make, requires minimal cooking, and can be easily adapted to suit various dietary needs. ItĀ is assembled from vinegared rice and a variety of colourful toppings (commonly fish and fish roe). This is my take (vegetarian, of course) on the chirashizushi.

The centrepiece of my bentoĀ is my homage to the humble sushi rice. Often the chirashizushi is chock-full of toppings that you can hardly see the most important ingredient, the rice… Ā without which, there would be no sushi! I chose Mini (Chibi) Totoro, aĀ Studio Ghibli character, as it is cute, white, and fluffy… just like perfectly cooked rice. Chibi Totoro is Big Totoro’s littlest ‘cousin’ in the filmĀ My Neighbour Totoro.Ā 

Here’s the recipe:

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