Lunch Box - Valentine's Day
A rice heart lunch box beats a box of chocolates any day.
|11 oz||Sliced Beef Sirloin 불고기용 등심 (can use other thinly sliced cuts)|
|⅓ cup||Soy Sauce (regular) 왜간장|
|⅓ cup||Sugar 설탕|
|1 cup||Water 물|
|½||Onion (Medium) 양파|
|1||Green Onion 파|
|1 tsp||Garlic (minced) 다진 마늘|
|1 tsp||Sesame Oil 참기름|
|pinch||Black Pepper 후추|
|1 tsp||Sesame Seeds 깨(optional)|
|1 oz||Shiitake mushroom (dried) 표고버섯 (optional)|
|1 tbs||Cheongju, Korean Rice Wine 청주 (optional)|
for rice hearts
|2 cups||Rice, white short grain 쌀|
|2 cups||Water 물|
|1 sheet||Seaweed (Gim, Laver) 김(thinly sliced carrot or any red colored food)|
|½ oz||Crab Meat (Imitation) 맛살|
for fruit skewers
|½ oz||Grape 포도|
|½ oz||White Grape 청포도|
|½ oz||Blueberry 블루베리|
|2||Cherry Tomatoes 방울 토마토|
Green leaves or herbs (e.g., lettuce, kale, parsley etc.)
Chocolates or truffles
Bamboo Skewers or Tooth Picks
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
Take it to the next level!
Add egg hearts to the lunch box. See recipe here.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.
1. Marinate bulgogi
Marinate beef. See here for detailed recipe for bulgogi. You can do this in advance and freeze it.
Marinate beef with
2. Make rice
Make rice. See here for detailed recipe for rice.
3. Cook bulgogi
Remove the meat from the marinade (shake off the drippings) and cook in a frying pan on high heat for 5-10 min or until the meat is just cooked. OPTIONAL: Wash and slice 2-3 mushrooms of your choice. Add them when you start cooking the meat. Don’t add too many mushrooms because it will produce too much liquid.
Add sliced mushrooms (optional)
4. Shape rice
Roughly shape into a heart shape. Then, cover with plastic to refine the shape.
5. Make smiley face
Cut seaweed into mini circles and thin strips and place on the rice to create a smiley face.
Cut seaweed into
6. Make blush
Cut red part of the crabmeat into thin squares, and then cut corners to form heart shapes. Place them on the rice to create blush.
cut crabmeat into hearts
7. Cut cantaloupe
Cut cantaloupe into 1/2 inch thickness. Remove the peel.
8. Cut cantaloupe II
Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out the cantaloupe into heart shapes.
9. Make skewers
Make fruit skewers using various fruit.
10. Make lunch box
Place bulgogi and rice hearts in a lunch box. Use greens to separate the items and give some color. If the bento box is too deep, you can put a layer of rice at the bottom.
Place in lunch box
11. Make lunch box II
Place fruit skewers and chocolates into a second lunch box. You can use cupcake liners to divide up the box.
Place in lunch box
It’s ready for your lover! Don’t forget to include a sweet note.