bento #60: spinach noodles with men tsuyu sauce & pork and black mushroom dumplings

bento 60

  • Bottom: Heirloom cherry tomato mix and D’Anjou pear slices.
  • Top: Pork and black mushroom dumplings.
  • Orange sidecar: Spinach noodles with men tsuyu sauce*.
  • Red sidecar: Orange quadratini cookies. These must be popular in Asia, because I find flavors in Asian supermarkets I never see anywhere else, not even World Market. I’ve even seen tiramisu flavor!
  • Not pictured: Instant miso soup.

* Slice about half a dozen shitake mushrooms (if dried, reconstitute first) and boil over medium heat in 2 cups of water for a few minutes. Add 1/2 cup each soy sauce and white wine, 2 tbs. sugar, and a little fresh grated ginger and sliced green onions. Boil until alcohol is cooked out. Dip a half cup of the sauce into a bowl, stir in 2 tsps. cornstarch, and return to pot. Stir until it thickens.

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