bento# 59: mamenori/crab rolls

bento 59

I ❤ this bento box. So easy to pack.

So I’ve had these imitation crab sticks in the freezer for a few weeks now, trying to think of an interesting way to use them. The most obvious use is California rolls; but as previously stated, I don’t like sushi enough to go through the headache of making it.

So this is kind of weird, but what I wound up doing was spreading a thin layer of whipped cream cheese on a mamenori sheet, rolling a stick up in it, and cutting it into quarters. I also have tobiko to top it with, but I didn’t want to put it on when I packed it, so I have it on the side. (Since I don’t drive, between the bicycle and the bus my bentos can knocked around pretty hard before I get to work, and I figured the tobiko would slide off.)

I also have:

  • 2 sushi rice onigiri
  • Veggie potstickers
  • Honey tangerine
  • Instant miso soup
  • Cookies. I think they’re like Hello Panda, except they’re koalas.

crab salad

Shrimp salad, crab salad… it’s definately been the weather for cold dishes. And like the shrimp salad, there’s no hard-and-fast measurements. This is all estimation.

Start with a pound of flaked crab meat*. Add about 3 diced celery sticks, half a dozen thinly sliced green onions, and most of a finely chopped green bell pepper.

Add a 12 oz. container of sour cream and about 1/2 cup each mayo and chili sauce. Not the hot kind of chili sauce, the kind that’s basically catsup dressed up with a few extra spices. Add salt and pepper to taste, a couple tbsp. each of ground mustard and lemon juice, and a couple tsp. of celery seed (I think I put a little too much celery seed in it this time, to be honest).

Serve with hardboiled eggs and sliced tomatoes, and crackers or bread. I’m from the Bay Area, so naturally I eat it with the best sourdough bread on the planet.

*Confession: I used imitation crab this time, and often do. The taste is similar enough, and although the texture is pretty different, I like it. And it costs like a third of what a pound of real crab meat would. It’s also more readily available. I’m poor, okay? DON’T JUDGE ME.