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Panda Bento
パンダ弁当

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Another weekend and another Bento lunch box.

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Before I talk about the obvious two black and white guys in the first picture, I want to talk about the main dish of this Bento box.

This is a Japanese product called Just Like Meat made of only soy beans and brown rice and has a meat-like texture when cooked.

I cooked them first in salted boiled water, soaked them in soy flavored soup, sauteed/browned, and then served with sesame soy teriyaki-like sauce.

The texture is amazing, and I love the simple ingredients.

I tend to stay away from “vegan meat” but because of these reasons, I have to say this is probably one of my favorite vegan meat products.

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In this Bento box you’ll also find roasted pepper cabbage salad, lemon marinated persimmon, and peas.

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Okay, now let’s talk about these guys.

So I found this product that you can use to make panda bears with rice and seaweed.

Even though I bought it, I was a bit skeptical.

Well, this is genius!!

It worked and it was fairly easy to use.

I still need to improve my face-making skills, but they turned out pretty good for the first try. Won’t you agree?

The only problem is that you hesitate to decide which part you eat first (lol)!

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Panda Bento Lunch Box

-Panda rice: cooked white rice, salt, Japanese roasted seaweed sheet (nori)
-Sesame ginger fillets: Just Like Meat, salt, soy sauce, sugar, Trader Joe’s -Sesame ginger soy dressing/marinade
-Roasted pepper and cabbage salad: cabbage, salt, roasted pepper salad from Costco
-Marinated persimmon: sugar, lemon juice, persimmon
-Peas

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