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St. Patrick’s Day Sushi Bento (328)

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, which I remember as the day that you’d get pinched in elementary school by the girls when you forgot to wear green and pinched by the boys for wearing green. You just can’t win in that cutthroat environment I tell ya. In the spirit of the day, I’ve made a very green bento using something I saw at Marukai a few months ago and have been dying to use just for today.

St Patricks Day Sushi

It’s called wasabi tobiko and although I hate wasabi and basically never eat it with sushi, the color was just too good for me to pass up and it’s not all that spicy. Hopefully a gobful of tobiko in my mouth isn’t much different than nibbling on a few. (hahaha)

Normally I’m a really lazy sushimaker, but today I decided that I should just use the dang bottle of sushi seasoning that I have in the cabinet. No sense wasting it right? I used the microwave rice cooker to cook the one cup of rice and despite all the reservations people have been posting about cooking plastic in the microwave, I’m still pretty happy to be able to cook without my rice cooker charring half my rice.

Green Sushi Bento

This isn’t a whole roll of sushi, I didn’t want to use two crab sticks, so I only made the sushi as long as that stick, which turned out to be about six pieces of sushi. Usually six is a good number for me but when you order a maki, it comes with 8-10 pieces and I end up eating all of it so I don’t waste. Unless it’s a Lion Maki, then it’s not wasting, it’s just me snarfing down the best sushi ever.

Having some extra rice, I decided to make some ume maki too, though I need to work on my centering. The paste looks like it’s hugging the side, grr! Next to that I have some edamame pods.

We got the kids’ school portraits today and the set is $142. *sob* I’d like to just get 7 of the sheets, but the 7 cost $105, so it then becomes the question of why I don’t just get all 18 sheets for the $142 bucks. It’s a damned scam!

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  • I love tobiko 😉 Yours seems soooo huge (the eggs are small, usually).

    It’s true that this green is fantastic !

  • Beautiful! I just want to reach in and grab a piece.

  • Very festive!!

  • pillarofsalt

    that looks delicious! I wish I knew where I could buy ANY tobiko in chicago.

  • Wow, I’m absolutely stunned. I remember tobiko as the sushi I did not care for (I love ikura and uni though), but the color on those is amazing, and I usually like wasabi flavor. If I ever have a chance to try that stuff, I will definitely have to.

  • Kim

    Wow that’s so cool looking, such a bright vivid green! Off the subject but do you know why the release for 500 Bento Box Lunches is being pushed back again? Thanks!

  • I think the better question is “When is it ever going to be released?” It was originally supposed to be released in time for Christmas of 08. I guess 500 lunches turned out to be kinda crazy. lol

    I’m glad everyone likes the tobiko! It was just the right amount of wasabi taste, not much! lol

  • javapot

    Love your green bento, great colour with the wasabi tobiko!!

  • Samantha

    I kind of like the off-center of the ume maki. It makes it look kinda quirky and fun to me. 😀

    I don’t know how much my childhood school career’s portraits cost my parents, but I’m sure it cost quite a bit, especially the graduation pictures.

  • Jen

    the green color is indeed so vivid. i love tobiko, but unfortunately hate wasabi. awesome job, pikko! =)

  • Tenshi

    I hate wasabi… and tobiko…. but that green is amazing! It’s so pretty. I’ve never seen wasabi tobiko before.

  • nom!! tobiko is so good!

  • pillarofsalt – There are a few asian super markets on the north side. I go to one that’s just south of Milwaukee and Golf. I think it’s technically in Niles, but it’s not too far from Jefferson Park. 🙂

    I am ABSOLUTELY going to have to try and find some of that!! there is no way I can pass it up 🙂

  • Great presentation and yummy looking!
    This would have made a perfcet St. Patrick’s Day sushi.

  • Bao Bui

    The St. Pat’s green sushi looks super! What’s the green covering made up? Fish eggs? How’d you make it?