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By: Vanessa ValenzuelaJapanese-style snacks

Maybe not so much with the kiddies, but for adults who just love Japanese maki (but don’t have the budget to order them from restaurants often), you can prepare the same dish for them with this Filipino-style recipe.

Filipino-style maki

You need:

  • Japanese nori, seaweed sheets
  • Cooked rice, preferably sticky variety
  • Cucumber, sliced
  • Tuna in brine or vegetable oil, drained
  • Ripe mango, sliced

Procedure:

  1. Place a sheet of nori on a clean surface. Add in a layer of cooked rice on top of the sheet and flatten.
  2. In the middle of the flattened rice layer, add the cucumber slices, tuna, and ripe mango slices.
  3. Roll nori wrap to form a log. Slice log into bite size maki, about 1-inch wide each. Pack maki with some soy sauce, calamansi, and Japanese mayo.

 

Chicken with lemon butter vegetables

You need:

  • 1 serving of marinated chicken (can be any flavor available in the supermarket or meat shop such as barbecue, honey garlic, sweet and spicy, etc.)
  • 1 cup potato marbles
  • ½ cup carrots, diced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

  1. You may choose to grill, bake, turbo-broil, or fry marinated chicken until golden brown. To make the crispiness of the cooked chicken last until your child’s recess time, make sure you place them over paper towels after cooking to allow excess fat to drain for a few minutes. Do not enclose in sealed plastic containers while viand is still piping hot.
  2. Many rice cookers allow you to steam a dish over cooking rice simultaneously. If you happen to be cooking rice with this type of rice cooker, steam your potato marbles together with your carrots on top of the rice.
  3. Just before packing your child’s chicken and rice meal baon, toss the steamed veggies in a pan with some butter, garlic, pepper, salt and lemon juice. Place in a separate container from the chicken to ensure melted butter won’t soak on the crispy viand.

 

Chicken teriyaki sandwich

You need:

  • 1 cup ready-to-cook chicken teriyaki (usually sold in meat shops and major supermarkets)
  • 2-3 lettuce leaves
  • French bread or baguette
  • Japanese mayonnaise

Procedure:

  1. Buying marinated chicken can cut your baon preparation time by a lot. Simply take the marinated chicken out of the freezer the night before to thaw in the refrigerator, and by morning, you can start cooking it using a non-stick pan. Better yet, pre-cook chicken teriyaki the night before and reheat just before your child gets ready for school the following morning.
  2. Assemble the sandwich ingredients your way; then pack it up!
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