Guy Does Bento no. 4: Tonkatsu and pickled peppers with goat cheese

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This is the first bento that The Guy made entirely by himself, with no input from me. He made just the one bento instead of the two he usually makes, because there was only one tonkatsu left over from the night before. (I had something else for lunch.) For these reasons packed the bento with things that he loves, that I don’t necessarily like!

First up, the tonkatsu. In case you don’t know, tonkatsu is a breaded and deep fried pork cutlet or filet (an old recipe for it here, though I’m working on a more detailed version). I must admit that while I do like tonkatsu, The Guy likes it a lot more than I do. I can’t really stand to have it for dinner and then lunch the next day - a bit too much breaded fried goodness for me - so having just the one piece held over for his bento (on purpose of course) worked out great.

One of the conumdrums that arises when packing deep fried and breaded or battered food into a bento is, how to deal with the fact that the breading or coating gets a bit limp and no-crispy? One approach is to just embrace that limpness and coat it with a sauce. That’s what the guy has done here - he’s coated the piece on both sides with “Bulldog” tonkatsu sauce (you can use brown steak sauce), which melds with the breading to achieve an interesting texture and flavor.

The other thing he packed which I’m a bit unsure of is pickled round peppers stuffed with a mixture of goat cheese and a little mayonnaise.

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The peppers come in a jar, and are hot and sour. The Guy loves them. The filling is just mashed fresh (not aged) goat cheese with a bit of mayo to loosen it up. You could use cream cheese for a milder flavor.

Rounding out the bento is some of the leftover shredded cabbage from our tonkatsu dinner, which The Guy stir fried a bit with salt and pepper, and some mâche (lamb’s lettuce, corn salad) for greenery and garnish.

The bento box he used is one that makes an appearance here frequently - a plain white one from Muji (Mujirushi Ryohin). I’m not sure they carry the same model anymore, but Muji always has a couple of bento boxes for sale; a plain single-tier, like this one, and a plain double-tier. Both are simple and functional like most Muji products.

So there you have it - rather filling bento with pretty strong flavors. What do you think?

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Re: Guy Does Bento no. 4: Tonkatsu and pickled peppers with ...

You can buy those little peppers stuffed with cream cheese here. They are scrummy (but fattening). I commend the guy on his choice of tonkatsu accompaniment.

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I LOVE leftover katsu in my lunch. So does my son. Looks like The Guy did a pretty good job - I'd let him pack my lunch! :D

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i like the colors and the tonkatsu (which I love), but I'm ambivalent about the pickled peppers. They're good, but the ones I buy are very strong and salty. I think I will try this bento next time I make porkchops for sure. Maybe with sauteed vegetables with a bit of sugar and salt for sweet/salt taste.

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I'd eat it!

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It looks very appetizing! I would hoewever prefer to keep the crunch instead of covering it in sauce

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My whole family loves tonkatsu and even enjoys any leftovers in there bentos. I look at the limpness of the coating just like leftover fried chicken. While not nice and crunchy any more it is still good in it's own way. The rest of the family is not as big on the bulldog sauce, but I love it. The guys bento looks great and I would be happy to have it for my lunch. :)

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 4: Tonkatsu and pickled peppers with ...

How do you keep the rice nice and soft if you don't heat it up? My rice is always dry when it is cold.

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I just finished brunch around 20 min ago and I'm hungry again. I love bento boxes idea. Japaneese cusine is great. Have you ever seen a fat japaneese guy?
Today is the sushi day. Nori or Green Tea - Chicago Lincoln Park of course.
Great photos by the way. Thank you for good posts.
Andy

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 4: Tonkatsu and pickled peppers with ...

I love tonkatsu with Bulldog sauce in my lunch, so I am definitely in the Guy's corner on that choice. The only thing that I might skip out on are the peppers. The taste sounds intriguing, but I might have pared back the serving size a bit...it's so rich and strong-flavored. For me, one or two of them would have been enough, but it looks very appetizing.

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