Flash giveaway! Tell me your favorite recipe(s) from JustBento

Comments are now closed. Thank you for all of your terrific responses! The winner of the giveaway will be announced next week.

Dear JustBento readers, I need your help! I’m trying to put together a list of the most popular recipes here on JustBento. I can go by access count and all that, but I thought it would be more interesting if you told me what you like.

So, here’s the deal. Just leave a comment here stating the following:

  1. Your name (Your full name is not necessary, just a name or nickname so I can identify you)
  2. Your general geographic location in the world
  3. Up to 3 favorite recipes from the site, and why you like them. Please give me the full name or the link, since some recipes have very similar names.

And that is it! One commenter picked at random will receive a signed copy of The Just Bento Cookbook, plus an additional goodie to be disclosed later.

Just a few rules and all that:

  • Only one entry/comment per person please. If you leave more than one (unless it’s due to a glitch in the commenting system) I’ll have to disqualify you.
  • Perhaps it’s a bit too obvious but…only write in recipes that are actually on the site. I’ll allow JustHungry recipes too. But if you just list any old recipe, you’re probably confused…and will be ineligible for the drawing.
  • The prize can be shipped worldwide.
  • Deadline for entry: March 8, 2013 at 23:59:59 CET.

And that’s it! I’m looking forward to reading your comments!

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Re: Flash giveaway! Tell me your favorite recipe(s) from ...

Hana here from the Midwest US! I'm just starting out with bento, but my three favorite recipes from the site are: Shrimp Tatsutaage (sooo tasty and sooo easy! It's a perfect marinade for sauteing, too!), Mini Cabbage Rolls (even my fiance who hates most Japanese food LOVED these!), and the Mini Vegan Black Bean Burgers (again, a HUGE hit with my picky fiance! He's even letting me pack them in a lunch for him, which is a Big Deal.)

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My family is vegetarian so I really enjoyed some of the simpler bento filler recipes that are listed. Here are three that we have tried and enjoyed.

  • Sweet pepper and carrot confetti
  • All natural vegetable based green, pink and orange rice
  • All-season shredded vegetable pickle-salad, plus migrating birds!

My 3 year old loves the confetti and the colorful rice. I think the vegetable pickle-salad might have been a little much for her but my wife and I enjoyed it.

Thank you for the recipes.

--Zac

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Begoña, from Spain. I'm new in your blog, I didn't try anything yet, but the recipes I saw look amazing,

I write the ones I want to try soon!

Spring maze gohan: Green pea rice, Asparagus rice. Just because I love rice, Asparagus and peas ;)
1 egg tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) Love the tamagoyaki, but I didn't know the recipe, and I want to try to made it myself.

Very Easy Marinated Chicken Skewers - Well, I love chicken and it says it's very easy. So If I want to start cooking these recipes I think it's best to start on the easy ones ;)

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My two favourites are Chicken Nanban 2 ways (JustBento) and Buta no Kakuni (just hungry). Sorry, I don't know how to upload the links from my phone. I think they are pretty easy to find though and not duplicated anywhere. I get these waves of craving that just wash over me for these two foods for some reason, and I MUST make them almost immediately (within reason - I mean, who has a hunk of pork belly lying around?!). I would love to be noble and say that these make it into my bentos, but truth be told, they are usually gone before I have any leftovers :( Thanks!!!

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May from Norway here, I have been using your bento site for a couple of years now. My favourite recipes from the site is:
- Chicken Teriyaki Bento: http://justbento.com/bento-no-21-chicken-teriyaki-bento
I love chicken and teriyaki, and this recipe is so tasty and full of flavours
- Bacon Wrapped Tofu Bento: http://justbento.com/bento-no-15-bacon-wrapped-tofu-bento
I am a huge fan of tofu, and this makes a supergood tofu dish. the tofu is crispy on the outside and get the flavour from the bacon. I eat this ento alot!
- A basic bento in 20 minutes: http://justbento.com/bento-no-1-basic-bento-20-minutes
I so love this recipe! Those mornings when there's not a lot of time to make a bento, this is such a timesaver. You get a very healthy bento, super tasty, and tasty!

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Hi! I'm from California in the USA. I found your site when I was still new to bento lunches, and your tips and beautiful pictures on the site helped me into the bento habit-which is saying something special! I've always been a picky eater, and your range of friendly familiar foods to the increasingly different and, to me, strange, foods I have been able to broaden my culinary horizens in a healthy and fun way!

1. Meat Soboro- http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/basic-meat-soboro

Rice is a great way to make a small meal more filling, but eating that much rice in all of my work lunches became very annoying for my American self. I got very bored with that part of my lunch and started to disengage with my bentos-sometimes opting to eat at nearby fast foods. The meat soboro mixed with my jasmine rice made it DELICIOUS again. It's easy to make and freeze for later use, making it quick and easy all week long!

2. Bento no. 76: Chicken and pepper rice cooker bento- http://justbento.com/handbook/rice-cooker-bentos/bento-no-76-chicken-and...

Easy morning bento that makes almost no dishes! I do all the dishes at home and I hate them-really hate them. Having a fresh bento ready in twenty minutes while I get dressed and ready for work is a beautiful thing. The flavors are basic, but a healthy easy meal that is satisfying is not easy to come by. Convenience is definitely a big thing for my fellow Americans as well.

3. Cucumber and Nashi (Asian pear) marinated salad- http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-sides/cucumber-and-nashi...

I make the apple cider vinegar version of this salad because it's sweeter. I'd never had an asian pear before making this recipe, and boy was I missing out! This recipe is a favorite of mine because it is easy, affordable, and long lasting. When cucumber costs about fifty cents each and the asian pear is say 1.50 for a larger one and I use two cucumber, I'm spending roughly three dollars on a giant bowl of yummy tangy-sweet and crispy salad that lasts just about y whole work week to throw into my bento. I work part-time, so when my hours are cut at work my grocery budget shrinks, making this recipe very helpful.

Hope that was all helpful, and thank you for this amazing free website that has helped me start eating better portions and healthier food!

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Liana from Dublin. To choose 3 will be difficult, but here we go: Bento sized mini-meatloaves (so easy and so delicious, they freeze well), Spicy Lentil Snacks With Sesame Seeds (filling and like a naughty snack but I think they are healthy! great with houmous), and Broccoli with wasabi sauce (just sooo delicious and a great complement to any rice based bento or dinner).

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Hello there! Becky from central Iowa, USA. :) My favorites (so far!) are the Bento side: 3 minute omlette (so easy!), Mediterranean flavored green vegan burgers, and Poached frozen tofu & fried frozen tofu cutlets (perfect since I live in the sticks and buy in bulk at the grocery store). Thanks! :)

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I'm Jeanne d'Arc from Quebec, Canada! How generous of you do this giveaway. My favorite recipes from the blog are Parsnip kinpira (because I love the slight sweetness of parsnip, and being offered a substitute for that not-to-be-found burdock root is nice), Updated Inarizushi (inarizushi is long to make, but so worth it) and Shuumai Dumplings with Vegan Tofu Filling (what's not to love about dumplings?).

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I'm Ashley from Kansas, and I love the Kiriboshi Daikon fritters ( http://justbento.com/bento-no-10-vegan-bento-featuring-kiriboshi-daikon-...). I'm gluten-intolerant so it's hard to make foods that are gluten free, flavorful, and filling without feeling stuffed.

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Cyntilla from Italy here! Being such a big fan of bento fillers and staples, my favourite recipes are:
3. Basic meat soboro. I used it when I started making bento, and it was a huge hit on my co-workers!
2. Curried kidney beans and vegetables. Never thought I could cook vegetables THAT way! Colourful and tasty, I loved it!
1. Tuna tofu miso mini burgers. The absolute winner for me! When I feel like bento and lazy at the same time, these are the solution. :-D Ready within minutes and absolutely yummy, they go well with everything and I always have all the ingredients at hand so... Why not!

Pastes and spreads!

I love the different and simple sauce ideas you've been providing to really make the components sing! Some of my faves are the walnut miso paste, the spicy miso (for the green asparagus), and the roasted carrot spread!

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solargalaxy6, From Canada:

I absolutely LOVE the Pan-fried lemon chicken nuggets - they're super easy to make, and a great way to use up some leftover turkey as well. This is the first recipe I stumbled onto on your site, and it's kept me coming back for more.

The one I do the most for lunches is the Very Easy Marinated Chicken Skewers. I like the hint of lime in this one (I sometimes double the lime juice for a more exotic flavour). They're great eaten straight up, or even added to some refried rice.

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Kathryn in New York, New York

1. Namul - I use it ALL THE TIME for all my CSA goodies
2. Okonomiyaki - Not bento friendly but so delicious
3. Tuna Tofu Mini-Burgers. actually all your mini burgers are great and bento friendly, but those are my current favorite.

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This is Kim from Houston! Just getting into bentos here, still shopping for the perfect container. My favorite recipes are the Parsnip Kinpira (I adore parsnips!) and two easy and tasty protein dishes, Sesame Beef and Grilled Garlic Chicken Tenders. This is making me hungry!!

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Hello!
I'm Spiorad and I'm from Scotland. Thankyou for making an excellent site with so many recipes!

My favourite recipes on your site are:
- The egg tamagoyaki recipe, because it's very moreish; I love it on nigiri with sweet chilli sauce and although I can never get it to fold right it's still probably my favourite Japanese recipe.
- The parsnip kinpira recipe, because I think the sweet parsnips work very well with the salty nutty taste of the seasonings (and I love parsnips)
- the vegan tofu shuumai dumplings because I love having something to do with tofu that doesn't involve big cubes of it and I think the ginger really lifts it!

Take care and best wishes!

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My name is Lex and I'm in Toronto, Canada.

I come back to your kinpira recipe over and over again and use it for everything from broccoli stalks to any veggie I can think of that can stand up to it. It is on my top 5 favorite recipes ever. Simple, versatile and delicious! http://justbento.com/handbook/recipes-side-dishes-and-space-fillers/clas...

I wake up in the middle of the night craving this! http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/1-egg-tamagoyaki-j...

I didn't know what to do with all the leftover radish leaves from my pickling adventures till this! http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/homemade-furikake-no-1-radish-lea...

I am an avid bento maker and this site has been a constant source of entertainment and information for me. Thank you for all you've done!!

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I'm Rachel from Florida. I love the Spicy Lentil Snacks and Green Pea Mini Burgers because I love little portable foods that can be eaten on the go. I also love the Green Pea Rice because it's so simple, but such a good way to enhance rice.

What I love from Just Bento & Just Hungry

Jasmine from Panama ! What I love about Japan is EVERYTHING! The three recipes that I love from Just Bento and Just Hungry are: Takoyaki (http://justhungry.com/takoyaki) eating this is just paradise on earth! I bought my takoyaki pan and I am really trying hard to get it perfect --> I am an amateur doing Takoyaki, but I love them! , Curry Rice aka Kareh Raisu (http://justhungry.com/japanese-beef-curry) I am ADDICTED to this! so addicted that I even modified this recipe with less ingredients and it tastes fabulous!, the last I is Tempura & Sushi (http://justhungry.com/vegetable-tempura) I love to fry veggies with this super crispy coating! Also dipping it on Crab sauce, yummy! besides of these three recipes, I always make sushi rolls using local ingredients and all I can get from Chinese combinis store (since we dont have a full japanese supplies store).

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Hi! I'm Brandee from Toronto, Canada.

Your Egg Tamagoyaki recipe has become a mid morning staple. We also really enjoyed your recipe for Vegan Iri Dofu and Inarizushi (so good!). I have a very picky little eater and these have helped me get more eggs and tofu in him!!

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Hi! I'm Brandee from Toronto, Canada.

Your Egg Tamagoyaki recipe has become a mid morning staple. We also really enjoyed your recipe for Vegan Iri Dofu and Inarizushi (so good!). I have a very picky little eater and these have helped me get more eggs and tofu in him!!

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These two ( from Australia ) :

http://justhungry.com/how-cook-perfect-rice-in-frying-pan-fast-and-foolp... - not only it is a how-to but it is a "why-to" as well, it actually tells you how the method works and what to expect at each step. It is indeed simple and foolproof and you only need a frying pan ( with a lid ) ! My wife has now been converted to this method of cooking rice.

http://justhungry.com/perfect-fried-rice-frying-pan-even-electric-range-... - you can vary the ingredients and still end up with a nice comfort food every time. A bonus is a short story in the end and a Tokyo Gas commercial ( inc. the bento one ).

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KayDat hailing from Melbourne, Australia. I love making (okay, I admit I like eating it even more) tamagoyaki! http://justhungry.com/tamagoyaki

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Lilyray in canada here. My faves are:

http://justbento.com/handbook/two-types-savory-vegan-muffins-pumpkin-mis...

Because they are vegan and savoury muffins!!!! What a great idea, it's like a dessert but its good for you

http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/all-season-shredded-vegetable-pic...

Because they are vegan and I miss pickles since leaving asia

http://justbento.com/recipe-collection-mains/poppy-seed-encrusted-green-...

Just a little different from the norm

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Beth Winter, from Poland - the ones I make most often are:
forgotten vegetable kinpira http://justbento.com/links/goto/279/153/links_related - freezes great!
tamagoyaki http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/1-egg-tamagoyaki-j... - I usually make a two-egg one and eat the ends as I slice it up ^^;
nimame http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/nimame-stewed-sweet-beans - I can eat those on their own...

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I'm Christina from Germany, and one of the favourite things to put in my bento is Soboro (http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/basic-meat-soboro); I've been experimenting with that quite a bit but always end up coming back to the original recipe.

I'm also a huge fan of the bite sized chicken teriyaki recipe (http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/bite-size-chicken-teriyaki-for-be...) and the sushi roll bento (http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/sushi-roll-bento-m...); especially the description on how to make sushi rolls without a sushi mat came in very handy for me.

I've been making bentos for two years now and tried many of the recipes from your site.

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Hi! I'm Katherine, and I'm in Tallahassee, FL, USA.

I madly adore the stewed sweet beans, but I think my absolute favorite thing on the site is the asparagus rice. I can't get enough of it. And the biggest lifesaver I've found is over on JustHungry, with the recipe for vegan dashi; I love it!

I'm always looking forward to a new post here, even if I'm not the best at commenting.

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Elena

Italy

http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/very-easy-marinate...
nice, simple, tasteful! I love "fusionesque" flavors! And this recipe makes plane chicken a special plate.

http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/hearty-meatball-an...
colourful and warm, healthy but not depressing to eat.

http://justbento.com/handbook/recipes-side-dishes-and-space-fillers/easy...
a funny way to present vegetables!
I like the match of tastes.

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I'm from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Just three recipes is a hard choice. I often visit your site for recipes and inspiration. I'm really enjoying the current course you're offering (and always seem to forget to upload my pictures --oopse).

This is a delicious diabetic-friendly recipe that lends itself well to cold weekends and colder weeknights. Leftovers come with me to work in a mason jar. Since we have microwaves at work, it doesn't have to be as insulated as I am when I come in to work.
http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/chana-dal-fennel-a...

I started with this recipe a few years ago, now I do rifts on it (adding various ingredients, depending on what I have handy), but just the thought of this recipe makes my mouth water.
http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/1-egg-tamagoyaki-j...

I've made this one several times for dinner. I never quite seem to be able to make enough to use as leftovers for the bento the next day. It has better taste than most fried chicken, isn't fried, and is as crunchy as fried chicken. What's not to love?
http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/balsamic-sesame-ch...

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I am from Colorado in the US. My favorite recipes are the bento staples in our house:

Tamagoyaki (http://justhungry.com/tamagoyaki) - I made one this morning for my daughter's lunch.
Negimayaki (http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/ham-negimayaki-gre...) - one of my daughter's favorites.

As onigiri are my daughter's absolute favorite, I really appreciate the onigiri FAQ that you have on Just Bento (http://justbento.com/handbook/bento-basics/onigiri-omusubi-faq)!

Stephanie

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Hi, my name is Jennie and I'm from Chicago. My favorite recipes include:
The cucumber and nashi marinated salad:
http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-sides/cucumber-and-nashi...

The daikon radish salad:
http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/two-color-namasu-make-ahead-daiko...

and the brown rice porridge with azuki beans:
http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/brown-rice-porridg...

I really love easy-to-make salads. I love cucumber salads and daikon radish salads. They go very well with some Vietnamese food that I make, so I always make one or the two (or both!). Then, I recently got sick and I was looking for a more interesting way of making porridge (I usually end up making really plain rice porridge), and I went through my bookmarks and found your brown rice porridge. It turned out really good. :)

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I liked every recipe I've tried from your blogs, but my top favorite is definitely Tuna soboro with ginger
(http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/tuna-soboro-with-ginger)
It's so simple, you can't believe it can be so tasty, I use it in sandwiches, simply on top of a rice bowl and my personal favorite as onigiri fill.

Im Peepper from Veracruz, Mexico.

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Amit from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Looove the equilibrium in http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/quinoa-parsley-and...
Hope to win the book ;-) ;-) ;-)

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Hi Makikio, I'm so glad justhungry and justbento are "back," more importantly, glad you are feeling better as well!
My name is Felicia, currently living in the Washington DC area.
I love your "easy" recipes for snacks or bento sides so "Easy lazy tea eggs" and "Easy sugarfree carrot kinpira" are two of my favorites, mostly because they don't require much time or super specialized Japanese ingredients :)

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Christina here from NY, USA. I love the Blanched spinach with soy sauce or sesame sauce recipe. My mom makes a similar dish so it tastes just like home!

http://justbento.com/handbook/recipes-sides-and-fillers/blanched-spinach...

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Hi my name is Marilyn G.R., I live in Louvain-la-neuve,Belgium.

My 3 favorite recipes for my bento box are:
- the vegan japanese potato salad (http://justbento.com/handbook/recipes-sides-and-fillers/vegan-japanese-p... )
I love making this one because potato salads are a big part of my german family tradition, and I was glad to find another recipe to add to my collection.

- My second favourite is the Buchimgae or Chijimi (http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/buchimgae-or-chiji...)
I like this one because, I love pancakes and they make a quick filling meal

- And finally I like the cherry tomato and leftover vegetable gratin (http://justbento.com/handbook/recipes-sides-and-fillers/bento-filler-che...)
Because as a student I often have leftovers, and this recipe allows me to re-use them in a smart and delicious way :)

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Currently in Utah, US..but moving to Switzerland in three weeks!

It's so hard to pick my top three favorites. This website has really opened my eyes up to the diversity and deliciousness of Japanese food since I started following the blog so many years ago. Here are three recipes we prepare very frequently....

One egg tamagoyaki. We both make this frequently for our lunches or a yummy snack!
http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/1-egg-tamagoyaki-j...

Forgotten vegetable kinpira. I have applied the technique and flavors here countless times when I have veggies in the fridge from a meal that was supposed to happen and never did.
http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-side-dishes-and-space-fi...

Buchimgae or Chijimi with Kimchi
http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/buchimgae-or-chiji...

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Hi! My name is Wanda and I'm from New Jersey, USA.

Though it is very hard to narrow down, my top choices are:
Make your own instant miso soup balls (http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/make-your-own-instant-miso-soup-b...) because it is versatile and an easy to carry comfort meal for lunch time.
Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables (http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/rice-cooker-fritta...) is a fantastic different use of the rice cooker. No need to heat the entire kitchen with the oven on warm summer days.
Beef and vegetable rolls -Yasai no nikumaki (http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/beef-and-vegetable...) is simply delicious and satisfying. My favorite sauce for this is the soy and pomegranate juice.

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Gaelle from Frankfurt, Germany.

I have not managed to make so many of the awesome recipes here but what I now used regularly is the basic dashi recipe: http://justhungry.com/2003/11/japanese_basics.html

Altough I did both only once, I really liked the japanese scotch egg (had never heard of scotch egg before) http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/japanese-scotch-eg...

and the japanese omelette, such a lovely way to make an omelette! http://www.justhungry.com/tamagoyaki

I am not yet very good at bento making (I usually only trow the rest together in a box) but this site is allways making me want to take the time!

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I'm Jackie from Connecticut, USA. I love eggs and love the Japanese Scotch Egg and Miso Tamago (Miso Marinated Eggs). Love your blog!

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Teresa from Chicago here - My absolute favorite recipe on the site is Basic meat soboro (http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/basic-meat-soboro). It is so easy to make and my son devours it. This along with the Easy Carrot-Sesame salad (http://justbento.com/handbook/recipes-sides-and-fillers/easiest-ever-car...), with some rice, I am a happy camper :-)

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I'm Ruthan from North Carolina, US.

My favorite recipes are tamagoyaki and instant radish pickles. YUM.

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Hello! Brian here from southern California, USA.

My absolute favorite recipe on the site is Miso marinated Pork: http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/miso-marinated-por...

I am a big fan of pork in general, but this has such a great flavor profile and keeps really well for a few days, so I can make a decent sized batch for my household.

My other favorite is the classic Kinpira Gobo, which I make every now and again (and have brought to parties as a side dish as well).
http://justbento.com/handbook/recipes-side-dishes-and-space-fillers/clas...

When making this I tend to make it a little spicier by omitting the pepper flakes or red peppers and adding a minced habanero pepper to the oil in the early stages of cooking (thus infusing the oil with the heat from the pepper).

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I'm Rachel and I live near San Diego, California.

1. Broccoli stalk kinpira. So thrifty, and very tasty and fast.

2. Pan-fried lemon chicken nuggets. My whole family loves this, so we have it for dinner and I save a few pieces for bentos the next day. Super yummy and easy.

3. Tuna soboro with ginger. A good solution to "eek, I don't have any protein for this bento," since it's made with stuff that I generally have in the house. Plus it has such a distinctive taste!

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This is Lily from the San Francisco Bay Area. I love your johbisai recipes and have made many of them repeatedly over the years. Top 3:

1. Meat soboro: http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/basic-meat-soboro -- sweet and salty and oh so quick to cook up. Awesome over rice!
2. Meat and tofu patties/balls: http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/meat-tofu-mixture-mini-burgers-me... -- I like how the tofu makes the meatball much less dense.
3. Shumai dumplings: http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/how-make-shuumai-shumai-dumplings -- mm yummy...

So glad you're back to blogging! You are my cooking/bento-ing inspiration!

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Mike in northern Alabama. Beef and vegetable rolls (Yasai no nikumaki) is one of my favorites.

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By the way, I love your sites. I'm always looking for interesting, non-typical recipes, and my "to do" list from your sites is huge. Thank you!

At my house, your karaage chicken recipe induces fits of wild, crazy dancing. What The Mr. lacks in rhythm he more than makes for in enthusiasm when he realizes that karaage chicken is on the menu. We even bought a deep fryer just for this recipe! (I was using my skillet, but the deep fryer is so much easier....). I always make a huge batch, since the leftovers are simply wonderful.

http://www.justhungry.com/2004/04/karaage_japanes.html

Cheri
Beaverton, OR, US.

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I love the image of your Mr. dancing at the thought of karaage ^_^