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Bento for second-grader 
4th-May-2012 10:14 am
Caroler bento

Tamagoyaki. Carrots. Cucumber. Grape tomatoes. Rice and nori swirls.
4th-May-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
ooh how do you make your tamogoyaki?
4th-May-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
The key for me in figuring out tamagoyaki was choosing an appropriate pan. I scrambled so much egg before I found a pan that worked! It's an 8 inch nonstick from Kitchen Essentials by Calphalon.

(Note that this is not authentic Japanese tamagoyaki, but it's close and it's fast and my kid eats it, which is what I care about.)

Put your pan on pretty high heat to warm up while you prepare your egg mixture: a pinch of sugar, a dash of soy sauce, and one egg. Mix up gently so it doesn't get foamy.

Pour a tiny amount of a neutral oil (canola or similar) into your hot pan. Swirl it around and then take a folded paper towel and wipe out most of the oil. Drip a tiny bit of your egg mixture into the pan; if it sets immediately, you're ready to go. Pour the egg in and swirl it around to cover the bottom. Now proceed like a normal omelet: lift up an edge and tilt the pan so the uncooked egg flows onto the hot pan and sets, then lift up another edge, tilt, lift, tilt. After only a few tilts you'll find that the egg doesn't flow anymore. At that point, roll your omelet up: start on one side, flip about an inch over, and then just flip flip flip into a coiled log. Give it a few more seconds to set up, then put on a plate. Cut an inch or so off the ends where it's sparse because of starting from a circle shape, and then slice the rest to fit your bento box.
5th-May-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
I'm not the one who asked, but this helps a lot! I found a tiny square pan at a local store, and it makes a good replacement also. The flavor is what I was missing.
7th-May-2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
I'm glad my essay was helpful! Yes, a square pan means you won't have any wasted edge bits.
4th-May-2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
That is a yummy-looking lunch!
4th-May-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
9th-May-2012 10:44 am (UTC)
Good use of space here!
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