The daughters each received a Bento (Japanese Lunch) Box for Christmas this year. Daughter D decided to do her research and found several Bento recipes online. One was entitled "My lunch can beat up your lunch". (Ha!) D gave me a list of odd ingredients. Unfortunately our lone Asian grocery store was closed so I proceeded to the Giant to see what I could find.
I could not find Red Bean Paste. I did find Nori (toasted seaweed sheets), Rice vinegar, "sushi" quality rice, crab, avocado and fresh ginger. We made a pot of "sticky rice", paddled it and added rice vinegar and a bit of sugar. It was delicious. The kids made some rice cakes wrapped in Nori. We also made Nori rolls with crab and avocado. Please note these are Americanized versions of Sushi (forgive me Dive) but healthy, delicious and great for kids.
This is not a great photo of the Nori rolls, but you can see a bit of the bento box. The other goodies visible are shrimp on a bed of bean threads or cellophane noodles with some edamame for color. I had these ingredients already and thought they would look pretty in the Bento. Presentation is everything!