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Lotus Root, Take 2: Burgers, Anyone?

Well, folks, my renkonĀ from last week is gone. As advised by the friendly vegetable man at the market, I made the crunchy, young end into kinpira. I used the same kinpira recipe that I use for burdock, modifying only the way the vegetables were cut. One of renkon‘s best qualities is its shape, so I … Continue reading


Kinpira: A Bento Staple

What ingredient do all these bento have in common? (Hint: it’s brown and covered in sesame seeds!) My current culinary projects are still both in the works, so I thought I’d share a recipe today. Back in my early exchange student days, meals were a source of anxiety. With limited language ability and almost no … Continue reading

This Week in Bento: Issue 4

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