Chicken Karaage Bento (Inspired by the Singa Lion)
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Chicken Karaage Bento (Inspired by the Singa Lion)

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Level

difficult

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Cooking

128 min

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Preparation

60 min

Ingredients

Servings

4
Rice
Japanese Short Grain Rice
580 g
Red Food Colouring
18 tsp
Yellow Food Colouring
14 tsp
Japanese Rice Vinegar
60 ml
Sugar
2 tbsp
Salt
12 tsp
Water
580 ml
Chicken Karaage
Boneless Chicken Thigh
cubed
500 g
Egg
1
Garlic
chopped
1 tbsp
Sake
optional
1 tbsp
Potato Starch
3 tbsp
Cooking Oil
200 ml
Light Soy Sauce
1 tbsp
Salt
12 tsp
Pepper
1 dash
Garnishing
Crabsticks
10
Broccoli
small floret
1
Japanese Toasted Seaweed
12
Lettuce
7
Tomatoes
4
Chicken Ham
2 slices
Lemon
1 slice

How to cook

Prepare the Rice

  • Wash and cook the rice in the following portions:
  • White rice: 435g of rice, 435ml of water.
  • Bright orange rice: 145g of rice, 145ml of water, red and yellow food colouring.
  • Add rice vinegar, sugar and salt to a pot and heat just until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool.
  • Once the rice is cooked, add in cooled vinegar solution.

Prepare the Chicken Karaage

  • Marinate chicken with garlic, light soy sauce, salt, sake, pepper and egg, mixing well. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for 2 hours, best overnight.
  • Coat chicken pieces evenly with potato starch.
  • Heat up oil over medium-high heat. Deep fry until light golden (around 1½ minutes), flipping midway.
  • Remove and place on wire rack to cool and drain excess oil.
  • Prepare a second deep fry to purge excess oil and create a crispier skin. Heat up the oil over high heat.
  • Fry for around 1 minute until the chicken turns a nice golden colour.

Decorating

  • Steam the crabstick and broccoli until soft.
  • Shape the Japanese rice to form Singa’s face, hands, t-shirt, and heart. Wrap some rice in cling film and compress lightly into a ball, then shape into the various elements.
  • Unroll the red section of crab sticks and wrap them around the heart shaped rice ball.
  • Cut the Japanese seaweed using the provided template to achieve the details for Singa’s face and the words.
  • Arrange the ingredients to form the bento.
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