Baby products from Japan 2: Panda Rice Mould
My baby daughter started to be looked after by a local childminder during the day and this mould became one of the coolest items to prepare her lunch box.
+Karaage: Japanese style fried chicken
To rehearse the panda rice, I made many pandas for Mr. Husband's bento together with karaage, the Japanese style fried chicken.
|Mr. Husband's bento contents:|
Panda rice, karaage, omelette, tomato, cucumber, potato salad
Here is the real part.
|Daughter's bento contents: Panda rice, karaage and potato, carrot and beans stirfred with mayonnaise and oyster sauce. |
The left is tomato and sausage soup.
I couldn't resist buying this product once I found in Japan.
|1. Stuff the rice tightly in the mould then press it with the lid|
|2. place the moulded rice in the bento box|
|3. Punch panda face parts with a nori, seaweed black paper|
|4. Attach face parts to the moulded rice|
|Pandas are ready!!|
Unfortunately, cannot find the one outside Japan.
Here is the similar rice mould item found in Japan Centre London.
Directions for Karaage
- 2 pieces of chicken thigh
- one table spoon of mirin
- one tablespoon of soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger
- tiny portion of grated garlic
- 2-3 tablespoons of potato or corn flour
- vegetable oil for deepfrying
Directions1. Cut the chicken into bite sized. Season them with mirin, soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Leave it for a while (desirably over night).
2. Dust the chicken pieces with potato or corn flour. Fill vegetable oil into a frying pan at 1-1.5 cm depth. Heat it up with small-middle temperature.
3. Deepfry chicken pieces for 2-3 mints in both sides. Do not have to cook throughly. Then set them aside in a paper towel.
4. Heat up the oil to high temperature then cook the chicken pieces again till they get nice brown to serve. This process takes about 2-3 mints.
Time to prepare: 15-20 mints (excluding seasoning time)
Total cost: 2.3 pounds (2 for chicken thigh pieces)