How to cook a bento in the blink of an eye?
The answer is a lot of things.
But for those who prefer to get the cooking done in front of a big screen, there’s also a simple way to do it that requires no fancy gadgets and requires minimal prep time.
It’s called a bentu box.
Here’s how to make one from scratch:Start by slicing the meat into thin strips.
The strips should be long enough to cover the inside of the bento.
You’ll want the meat to be completely covered.
The cooking time depends on how lean your meat is.
If it’s not lean, you may need a longer cooking time.
Cut the meat lengthwise into thin slices.
Remove the skin.
Cut one slice into quarters.
Put that piece of meat in a bowl and add the soy sauce.
The soy sauce will help the meat cook more evenly and help keep the meat moist.
Add the salt, pepper, pepper flakes, and sugar.
The sauce should taste the same as you would normally use it.
Add the tofu and cook it on low heat for about 10 minutes.
Add your vegetables and cook for another 5 minutes.
Toss the rice and soy sauce together in a small bowl and toss well to combine.
Add some water if the tofu starts to get too dry.
Cook for another 2 minutes on low.
Add more water if needed.
Cook on low for another 20 minutes.
Remove the tofu from the pot and discard the water.
Taste the rice.
Add any salt, sugar, or other flavorings that you think would be good.
Add soy sauce if needed, but you can’t really taste the soy, so you won’t need to add it.
Remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes, or until the rice is soft and the tofu is soft.
Taste again, and add more water to get more of the flavor.
Cook about 5 more minutes.
Add more water as needed, if needed (and serve) along with the tofu.
Serve warm or cold.
You can freeze the tofu for later.
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