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Tofu Patty Bento
紫蘇豆腐ハンバーグ弁当

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I continue to make bento for lunch on the weekend.

The star of this bento was shiso (Japanese basil) tofu patties.

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It’s not that hard to make these, but they taste so good!

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You can certainly use these to make tofu burgers too, if you want.

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But this time they were served in this bento along with other great dishes, yuzu sesame carrots, balsamic roasted portabella mushrooms, and curried cabbage.

Shiso Tofu Patties

1 package extra firm tofu, microwaved for about one minute, roughly mashed with a masher
corn starch
1/2 cup cooked edamame, roughly chopped
3~4 tablespoons chopped Shiso (Japanese basil)
sugar
salt and pepper
canola oil
teriyaki sauce (optional): cook 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of cane sugar over medium heat until thickens.

1. Mix tofu, corn starch, edamame, shiso, sugar, salt, and pepper well. Make patties.
2. Cook both sides, for a few minutes each, in oil.
3. Coat the patties with sauce (optional).

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I always enjoy making bento, but it’s so exciting when I get to use a new box.

This one came from Kyoto Japan and is a new addition to my small bento box collection.

Love the traditional Japanese look.

And the size is just perfect for me.

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Terry’s was of course served in his own bento box.

Although he gets the exact same dishes, it looks different in this metal box, which I think is pretty cool.

If you are interested in these and other Japanese bento boxes, check out Bento & Co.

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