Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Bento No. 6

A Chinese bento, mostly made out of the previous night's leftovers. Perhaps not my healthiest bento (too much oil and too many carbs), but it was really delicious! The prawn dumplings were OK, but most of them fell apart. I think the mixture was too sloppy for shu mai dumpling wrappers. Everything else went pretty well, and both John and I enjoyed our dinner and our bento! 

Homemade Prawn Dumplings
Sweet and Sour Vegetables (recipe below)
Plain rice (with dinner we had egg fried rice, but that was too much work/oil for my bento!)
Prawn Crackers

Sweet and Sour Veggies

4oz/100g sugar
4fl.oz/120ml apple cider or rice vinegar
6 tbsp tomato ketchup
6 tbsp pineapple juice
1 clove finely chopped garlic
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 tbsp cornflour

Veggies of your choice (we used beansprouts, pineapple, green beans and mangetout)

Mix sugar, vinegar, ketchup and pineapple juice in a bowl.
Heat a little oil (ideally sesame) in a saucepan. Briefly fry ginger and garlic, then add ketchup mixture.
When its warmed, take out a couple of tbsps of the mixture and mix with the cornflour. Re-add to the pan.
Gently heat, stirring continuously, until thickened. Set aside.

Chop and briefly fry veggies, until as soft as you want them. 
Add sauce, heat through and serve.

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