Not the usual homestyle food: here's a new idea for making lunch to take-away for school or work!
Did you know that Japanese food culture is not just about sushi, sashimi and miso soup?
A particular Japanese habit is a take-away meal called ‘Bento’, placed in special boxes.
Prepared either at home or bought in shops and restaurants, it’s good to eat and also beautiful to see!
The Bento Box we propose includes rice, crispy chicken fried with panettone powder and a special Panettone omelette prepared with a slice of classic Panettone.
For the rice:
Wash the rice under running water and rinse it 4/5 times, then if you have the Rice Cooker follow the instructions otherwise pour rice water and salt into a pot and boil according to the instructions on the rice package.
Cut the nori seaweed into strips, wet your hands with water, take an amount of rice that fits in your palm and squeeze it between your fingers until you get a triangular shape and apply the seaweed strip
For the fried marinated chicken
De-bone the chicken thighs to the desired amount and cut into chunks. Marinate the chunks with sake, ginger, soy sauce and salt and leave for 30 minutes in the fridge, then combine the cornstarch, flour and the panettone powder in a bowl.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and toss it in the cornstarch / flour/ panettone powder mix. Bring the oil to temperature and add the chicken bites until they have a nice toasted colour and place the chicken on paper towels.
For the Panettone omelette:
First of all cut the Panettone Slice into smaller slices. Then, in a bowl, combine the eggs with the soy sauce, salt and sugar and mix. In the meantime, heat the pan and grease it with oil.
Pour in some of the mixture and when it starts to thicken, add the slice of panettone.
Start rolling the omelette on the slice without pulling it out of the pan. After completing one roll, pour the other part of the mixture into the pan and repeat the operation. When finished, place the omelette on the bamboo mat, pressing to compact the shape. Once completed cut the omelette into slices.
Place the ingredients in the Bento Box by arranging the rice, chicken, broccoli (previously boiled), cherry tomatoes and the slices of the Panettone omelette. The use of dividers will make it easier for you to arrange the ingredients harmoniously.
Thanks to Satoko Takakura, pastry chef and Loison collaborator, for creating this recipe for Insolito Panettone.