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I love japanese food, but don't know how to make much beyond california rolls. While ramen noodles remain my all-time favorite, they are just too damned unhealthy to eat all the time (or ever, really, cuz once I have one bag I want the other 4...) anyone know a good recipe for soba noodles? I was thinking that with a good broth, they might not be as unhealthy as ramen.
 

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I just learned about onigiri!<br><br>
It's Japanese rice thats compressed into neat shapes with perhaps some fish or pickle in the middle.<br><br>
I also found some fun Bento box websites today. I'll post them when I get to a faster computer.
 

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<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> lookin' forward to it
 

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<a href="http://www.airandangels.com/bentobox/" target="_blank">http://www.airandangels.com/bentobox/</a><br><br><a href="http://lunchinabox.net/" target="_blank">http://lunchinabox.net/</a><br><br>
Bento Madness!
 

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you know, after looking on the bento website, i'm on the fence. On the one hand, I like the healthsomeness of it all, and those are some pretty cute ways of cutting apples and cheese. On the other hand, I likes me some food at lunchtime, and I don't know that broccoli and cherry tomatoes are going to cut it. Maybe I could do a bento handbag instead of those teensy boxes?
 

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For real, cidersock! They're a bit too dainty.<br><br>
I'd need a big ol' bento box to get me through the day.<br><br>
Supersize me!
 

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I had an Asian grocery store adventure today.<br><br>
I stumbled around dusty cans of quail eggs and cardboard boxes full of half-dead crabs (!!!) in my local pan-Asian market today after work.<br><br>
My goal? To taste mochi. It's a gooey rice paste. I found green tea mochi ice cream bon bons in the freezer section:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.gourmetfoodmall.com/merchants/Bubbie01/ric-sushi-look-mochi.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
These were delicious, mostly because I love green tea ice cream. I have great memories of being taken to Japanese restaurants as a child and ordering green tea ice cream. How exotic!<br>
Anyway, the gummy mochi paste wrapped around the little ice cream ball seemed a bit odd, but it grew on me.<br><br>
I also bought some mochi balls with red bean paste filling, but I didn't like those much.
 

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Yum! One of my favorites too.<br><br>
I also love wondering around the Asian markets here in town. I have never left with anything I "found" it's always stuff I needed or liked from having at a restaurant. Ooh, the adventurer I am. <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">
 

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I eat Mochi very often. I cut it into squares and bake it until it puffs. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Or you can pan fry it. I only eat the plain kind.<br><br><a href="http://www.grainaissance.com/mochi.html" target="_blank">http://www.grainaissance.com/mochi.html</a><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.grainaissance.com/images/mochigroup2.gif" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I tried some of these ice cream balls, and the texture of the mochi freaked me out. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 
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