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Buchimgae or Chijimi (Jijimi) with Kimchi

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Buchimgae or jijimi or chijimi is a thin, savory pancake from Korea. It’s similar to a Japanese okonomiyaki, but is a bit less complicated to make. (Also closely related is pajon, a pancake with lots of green onions.) It’s basically a pancake-like batter holding together a lot of vegetables and other ingredients. It’s a great way of using up leftovers, and holds up a lot better than okonomiyaki as a bento item I think. It makes a nice change from rice or bread based bentos.

Here are two batter recipes. One is a traditional one using wheat flour and beaten egg, the other one is a vegan and gluten-free variation. Use the one that suits your needs. The traditional one is a bit lighter and crispier, and the vegan one is denser. continue reading...

Shrimp Tatsutaage: Japanese Crispy Fried Shrimp

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These light and crispy shrimp are fairly low in calories, even though they are fried. You only need about 1 cm / 1/2 an inch of oil to fry these in a regular frying pan, so don’t be afraid to try them even if you don’t do much deep-frying. They are very easy to make with frozen shrimp, and just a bit more work with fresh shrimp. continue reading...

Bento Challenge Week 5: My Report

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My thoughts on the fifth and final week of the Get Started Bento Challenge. continue reading...

Bento Challenge Week 4: My Report

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My Week 4 was quite interesting and relevatory for me. More below… continue reading...

Bento Challenge Week 3: My Report

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My Challenge Week 3 in a nutshell: Did pretty well, but exercise remains an issue. Spring couldn't come fast enough for me! continue reading...

Bento Challenge Week 2: My report

My Week 2 in a nutshell: I was fairly happy with my bentos. I’m progressing at bit on my fitness goals - at least I did some exercise! And on the one day when I didn’t have bento, I really felt it. continue reading...

Bento Challenge Week 1: My report

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My Week 1 in a nutshell: I met my bento-oriented goals for Week 1, but failed to meet my fitness goals. continue reading...