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Electric Lunch Box – Rice Dumpling

electric lunch box

 

Brought my electric lunch box to work last week. I had too many rice dumplings left after the dragon boat festival so I had to clear the stock by eating them for lunch. Thanks to my electric lunch box, I can steam the rice dumplings at my work desk in just 10 mins~

electric lunch box 1

With just half a cup of water, my rice dumpling was steamed till piping hot~ And it’s so easy to clean up after that. I only need to pour away the remaining water from the lunch box and wash up the metal container.
So glad that I bought this lunch box~

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Healthier Bento

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This is one of the home packed lunches which I brought to office. I am still doing the diet plan thingy, and so my lunch has to be of the healthier option. So far, I can’t do the clean eating stuff because they are just too “CLEAN”. Lol~~
I bet a lot of girls give up dieting because of this too. We are just a bunch of people who loves food so much that clean eating might “kill” us instead.

Ok, here’s what I cooked.

Boiled Chinese Spinach

Ingredients:
– Chinese Spinach (or any kind of veggies)
– 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
– a bit of fried shallots

Method:
1) Grab a bunch of Chinese spinach, cleaned, and cut into desired length.
2) Boil a small pot of water, add in a pinch of salt, and 2-3 drops of olive oil.
3) Throw the Chinese spinach into that pot of boiling water (Stalks first, followed by the leaves)
4) Once the veggies changes color, remove them from the pot and drain well.
5) While the veggies are still hot, mix it with oyster sauce and fried shallots, and it’s ready to serve.

Steamed Chicken Breast Meat

Ingredients:
– 2 Chicken breast meat
– 2 teaspoon of sesame oil
– 1 teaspoon of corn flour
– 2 teaspoon light soy sauce
– Dash of pepper

Method:
1) Clean and cut the breast meat into strips. (Tip: cut against the muscle fibre to desired thickness. See pic below for reference.)

chicken breast cutting method

(Picture taken from google search)

2) Marinate the sliced breast meat with corn flour, sesame oil, light soy sauce and pepper. Put it in the fridge for 20-30 mins for better seasoning.
3) Place the marinated meat on a metal plate and into a steamer. Steam for 15-20 mins. Time may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breast meat.

The meat may look plain, but it’s very tender and flavorful. I tried boiling breast meat, but it gets tough and dry. So steaming is a better option.
Also, it you have too much meat (I split the 2 breast meat into 4 portions), put the extras in a ziplock bag and freeze them. Freezing the meat will help retain the moisture when you reheat it later.
For reheating, I simply put the thawed meat into the microwave for 1-2 mins. they still taste tender and delicious!

If you are wondering about the carbs, I actually eat the veggies and meat with 3 soup spoons of plain instant oat. =)
The oat acts as a substitute for rice/porridge.

The Electric Lunch Box

I bought an electrical lunchbox from Qoo10. It comes with 2 stainless steel containers, a lid, egg holder, water measuring cup, and foc cutlery. It’s pretty good because I can steam rice from scratch, steam eggs, boil soup, cook porridge and heat up food with it. This is the smallest version I saw from Qoo10, there are also other models which have 3 tiers or even hot pot function.

electronic lunch box

I bought it from a group sale and paid only $18.90 with free delivery. It took about 7 days to be sent to my house. As this lunchbox is made in China, I have to get an additional adapter for the plug. Other than that, everything works fine.

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So for the trial run, I made sesame oil braised pork belly with rice and broccoli, then steamed it during lunch in office. I added raw broccoli because it will be cooked when I steamed the food.
I added 1 cup of water (actually I don’t need so much water) to the electronic lunchbox, placed the container of food in, cover it, and turn on the switch. It took only about 10-15 mins to heat up the lunch. =)
It tastes exactly the same as steaming from the stove, but minus the hassle of boiling the water and washing multiple pots. All these could be done at my work desk~
I am so in love with this electronic lunchbox already!

Alright, I shall share the recipe for the braised pork belly.

Ingredients:
– 300gm of pork belly (cleaned and sliced)
– 1 tbsp sesame oil (for marinate)
– 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce (for marinate)
– 1/2 tsp corn flour (for marinate)
– some pepper (for marinate)
– 2 tsp sesame oil
– 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
– some ginger (sliced)
– 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
– 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce (feel free to add more)
– 1 tsp sugar
– 1.5 cups of water (add more if gravy is too salty)

Method:
1) Marinate the sliced pork and put it in the fridge for 30mins or more.
2) Heat up sesame oil in a non-stick pot, add in garlic and ginger, saute till fragrant.
3) Add in the marinated pork and stir fry until the pork almost cooked.
4) Add in oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar and water. Allow it to boil, then turn the heat down to simmer.
5) If you prefer thicker gravy, mix some corn flour with water and add into the simmering gravy.
6) Serve with rice.