Serious Eats: Recipes
Cook the Book: Quick Sukiyaki
Makiko Itoh, author of The Just Bento Cookbook, assembled a list of 10 bento rules that keep her bentos healthy, fun to eat, and easy. One of these rules is that a bento should not take more than 30 minutes to assemble, preferably under 20.
Being able to put together a balanced lunch in 20 minutes? Well, I suppose it's possible.
Once the ingredients for this Quick Sukiyaki are assembled it comes together in a snap—just under 5 minutes. Super-thin slices of beef are stir-fried with mushrooms, scallions, and finished with a deep brown, soy-rich sauce. It's the kind of dish that's just asking for plenty of rice to soak up all that great beefy, soy sauce. Just add a few vegetables (steamed, marinated, or raw) and a scoop or two of steamed rice (OK, so the rice cooker might take a little longer than half and hour) and you've got a wonderful bento lunch in under 30 minutes.
As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Just Bento Cookbook to give away this week.