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Lunch Box - Valentine's Day
발렌타인즈데이 도시락

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kid friendly
nut free
prep time: 
60 min
inactive time: 
240 min
cooking time: 
60 min
total time: 
360 min

A rice heart lunch box beats a box of chocolates any day.

A rice heart lunch box beats a box of chocolates any day.

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for bulgogi

11 ozSliced Beef Sirloin 불고기용 등심 (can use other thinly sliced cuts)
⅓ cupSoy Sauce (regular) 왜간장
⅓ cupSugar 설탕
1 cup  Water 물
½ Onion (Medium) 양파
Green Onion 파
1 tspGarlic (minced) 다진 마늘
1 tspSesame Oil 참기름
pinch Black Pepper 후추
1 tspSesame Seeds 깨 (optional)
1 ozShiitake mushroom (dried) 표고버섯 (optional)
1 tbsCheongju, Korean Rice Wine 청주 (optional)

for rice hearts

2 cups  Rice, white short grain 쌀
2 cups  Water 물
1 sheetSeaweed (Gim, Laver) 김 (thinly sliced carrot or any red colored food)
½ ozCrab Meat (Imitation) 맛살

for fruit skewers

⅛ Cantaloupe 칸탈루프
½ ozGrape 포도
½ ozWhite Grape 청포도
½ ozBlueberry 블루베리
Strawberry 딸기
Cherry Tomatoes 방울 토마토
Ingredients Notes: 

Other garnishes
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.

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Marinate beef with

  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • a pinch black pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • onions, green onions

2. Make rice

Make rice. See here for detailed recipe for rice.

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Make 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.

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Cook meat

Add sliced mushrooms (optional)

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4. Shape rice

Roughly shape into a heart shape. Then, cover with plastic to refine the shape.

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Roughly rice

5. Make smiley face

Cut seaweed into mini circles and thin strips and place on the rice to create a smiley face.

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Cut seaweed into

  • circles
  • smiles

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.

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cut crabmeat into hearts

7. Cut cantaloupe

Cut cantaloupe into 1/2 inch thickness. Remove the peel.

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Cut cantaloupe

  • 1/2 inch

8. Cut cantaloupe II

Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out the cantaloupe into heart shapes.

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Cut cantaloupe

into hearts

9. Make skewers

Make fruit skewers using various fruit.

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Make skewers

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.

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Place in lunch box

  • bulgogi
  • rice hearts

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.

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Place in lunch box

  • fruit skewers
  • chocolates

12. Serve

It’s ready for your lover! Don’t forget to include a sweet note.

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