I appreciated her love expressed in her bento. At the same time, I was bit annoyed especially when I was not prepared enough for the subject.
My kids are still too small to go to school.
However in the future, I'm pretty sure that I'll do the same on their bento as my mom did when they take exams.
This time, I made a Lego Bento for my husband.
Step 1: Soboro: Seasoned Minced Meat
After seasoning with sugar and soy sauce, the sweet and salty soboro-meat goes perfectly with rice. We often top it on the rice with densely scrambled egg, as seen in the photo below.
Ingredients of Beef Soboro:
- 100g minced beef
- 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of mirin (sweetened sake)
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 100cc water
- Add beef, ginger, mirin sauce, water and sugar into a small pan. Cook them at medium temperature while stirring often for 10-12 mins.
- When the sauce becomes translucent, add soy sauce and salt. Cook another 10 mins.
Japanese cuisine often combines soy sauce seasoning with sugar or mirin sauce to deepen the taste. In this salty-sweet combination sugar must be added first, and soy sauce second. If the sequence is reversed, the dish just tases of soy sauce.
This is because sugar molecules are much larger than salt molecules. If ingredients are seasoned with sugar first there remains space to absorb salt in the cells. In the opposite order, salt is absorbed densely, leaving no space for sugar. (Please refer to the illustration of this site: http://www.tsujicho.com/oishii/recipe/j_food/ichinensei/sashisuseso.html)