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♥♥♥♥ Bento Glossary ♥♥♥♥
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Aburaage: Thin slices of tofu that are deep-fried.  Often used to wrap inari sushi and added to miso soup.  Also known as abur-age. (CC)
Aemono:  Cold dishes mixed with dressing.(CC)
Anko:  Sweet, jam-like paste made from azuki beans.(CC)
Anpan:  Sweet bun filled with anko.(CC)
Atsuage:  Thick-cut deep-fried tofu.(CC)

Baran: name for the plastic green decorative grass (FF)
Bento: A single-portion take out or home-packed meal, made to fit into a box, which can vary in shape and form. Traditionally this consists of rice, fish or meat and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables as a side dish. (FF)
Bull-dog sauce:  This thick savory sauce is like a semi-gelatinous Worcestershire with a soy zing (FF)

Charaben:  An elaboratly arranged bento box, with food made into shapes resembling pop culture icons, people, animals or characters and items from nature(FF)
Chikuwa:  Pureed and steamed fish cake shaped into a tube form.(CC)
Croquette:  A small fried food roll usually containing mashed potatoes and/or minced meat fried in bread crumbs (YY)

Dango:  Rice dough dumplings, eat with sweet or savory sauce (Panda)
Dashi Stock:  A Japanese soup stock made from seaweed or fish (YY)
Dashimaki Tamago:  A Japanese rolled egg flavored with dashi (YY)
Donburi: A dish served over rice in a bowl (YY)

Ebi fry: Shrimp fried in a panko batter (YY)
Edamame: Soy beans (YY)

Furikake:  Rice seasoning comes packaged in a variety of flavors (YY)


Hana ebi:   Red Hawaiian shrimp powder (YY)
Hana osushi no moto:   Plum vinegar powder, used as seasoning and natural pink food coloring (YY)
Hashi yasume:  Literally "chopstick rest" this refers to a specific category of ozaku. These side dishes are meant to contrast with the flavor, texture and temperature of the main components of the meal. Pickled vegetables are a common example(FF)
Haupia:   coconut pudding (YY)
Hijiki:  High-fiber versatile seaweed often stwed with dashi and root vegetables(FF)

Inarizushi:   Simmered aburaage, used for sushi (YY)

Johbisai/Joubisai: "always available food" aka your bento stash of ready made foods (pickled vegetables, frozen foods, furikake ect.)

Kanikama: Imitation crab stick (YY)
Kamaboko:  Fish cake
Katsu: Breaded fried meat rolls; similar to croquettes (YY)
Karaage: Japanese style fried chicken (YY)
Katsuoboshi: Dried flaked fish seasoning also called Bonito flakes (YY)
Korokke: Japanese take on croquettes, these are often made of mashed potatoes and other ingredients (meat or vegetables) then battered and deep fried (FF)
kyaraben: An alternative spelling for Charaben (FF)

Loco moco: Hawaiian dish consisting of a hamburger patty on hot rice topped with a fried egg and gravy (YY)
Lomilomi salmon: A salted salmon, tomato, onion, and green onion salad, served cold (YY)

Makizushi: Sushi roll wrapped in nori (YY)
Memmi sauce: Noodle soup base and dipping sauce (YY)
Mirin: Sweet rice wine (YY)
Mochiko flour: Sweet rice flour (YY)
Musibi: Onigiri wrapped in nori (YY)

Nikumaki: Vegetables wrapped in chicken and fried (YY)
Nimame: Simmered sweet beans
Nori: Seaweed paper (YY)

Okazu:  This is a word that refers to the protein or vegetables that come with the rice during a meal (FF)
Onigiri: Rice ball (YY)

Panko:  Japanese-style bread crumbs (YY)
Ponzu sauce: Japanese sauce made with mirin, rice vinegar, katsuobushi flakes, seaweed, and citrus (YY)


Rice vinegar: Vinegar made from fermented rice (YY)

Sake: Rice wine (YY)
Sashimi:  Fresh raw fish (sliced thin) served with a dipping sauce (FF)
Sato shoyu: Sauce made from soy sauce and sugar (YY)
Shichimi Togarashi: common Japanese spice mixture containing seven ingredients (wikki)
Shitake mushroom: Japanese variety of mushroom (YY)
Shimeji mushroom: East Asian mushroom (YY)
Shoyu: Soy Sauce
Soboro: A minced or crumbled meat or egg dish (YY)
Somen: Thin, white wheat noodles (YY)
Soy paper: Alternative to nori, available in a variety of bright colors (YY)
Sushi su: Used to flavor sushi rice (YY)

Takoyaki:  A spherical, fried dumpling of batter with a piece of octopus inside, typically found as street food.(FF)
Tamagoyaki: Japanese rolled egg (YY)
Tamari soy sauce: Gluten-free dark soy sauce (YY)
Tarako: Salted cod roe (YY)
Tempura: Shrimp or vegetables fried in a light batter dipped in sauce (YY)  
Tonkatsu: Fried pork cutlets, a type of katsu (YY)

Umami:  A savory taste, is one of the five basic tastes, together with sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Umami can be translated "pleasant savory taste". (Wiki)
Ume-su:  Ume vinegar or also sometimes called ume seasoning, is a byproduct of making umeboshi (pickled plums) Its sourness comes from the ume plums, the bright red color from the red shiso leaves that are pickled along with the ume, and the saltiness comes from the salt used in the pickling process. (JB)
Umiboshi : Pickled plums (YY)
Unagi: Grilled and flavored eel (FF)

Usuyaki tamago: Bright yellow Japanese crepe-style omelet (YY)


Wasabi: Spicy Japanese radish ground into a paste (not the same as american wasabi which is horseradish with green coloring added still spicy) *It is less spicy if you do not breath threw your nose when you eat it*


Yakitori: Barbecued chicken scewers, usualy served with beer (FF)


Thanks to
(YY) Yum-Yum Bento Box by Crystal Watanabe & Maki Ogawa
(FF) Face Food Recipes by Christopher D Salyers
(JBCB) Just Bento Book Book Makiko Itoh
Web sites:
(CC) Cooking Cute
(JB) Just Bento
(Wiki) Wikipedia…
DA members:

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aaammmsterdddam Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
is Yum-Yum Bento Box a good book?
It sounds like a delicious book :meow:
Chu-Chu-Panda Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
YES it has sooo many tips and its so colorful its a great book!
aaammmsterdddam Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
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