The same week documenting Nobu-san's Aisai Bento, I was crazy ecstatic to have received an overwhelming support from other workers of the same Japanese bookstore! All of whom pack their lunches, Sachiyo-san was one which even gave a rare Ok for a full portrait. This is the most ideal scenario for me and I wished others also weren't as shy. Still, I'm probably more appreciative of the fact that Sachiyo-san was such a good sport about sharing her simple leftovers from the night before, a Japchae bento. But as you know, this was exactly what I wanted and the impromptu shoot was done in the side break room. Thanks again Sachiyo-san for your cooperation!!
Ingredients in the Japchae were Korean potato starch noodles (dangmyeon), mushrooms, spinach, carrot, bamboo shoots and I remember her saying that she had used turkey bacon being out of meat the day. Very awesome. The accompanied tsukemono pickles are also homemade and consists of cucumbers, daikon, garlic and sesame oil, marinated overnight. Mmm, and the canister is for hot tea.
And the most fun part, the quick Q&A...
Q: What are your favorite food/s?
A: Japanese white rice (hakumai) with nori.
Q: Favorite restaurant in San Diego?
A: Thai restaurant, Siam Nara.
Q: Do you have any favorite guilty/junk foods?
A: McDonald's french fries!
Q: If you were in Japan right now, what would you want to eat?
A: Sushi, and the convenient but delicious desserts from konbini's.
Q: Where do you like to shop for groceries in San Diego?
A: Mitsuwa and H-Mart
A: Yes. Japanese food in general (nihonshoku) and also gyozas.
Q: What other Korean foods do you make?
A: I often also make Korean soups.
Q: What other things do you tend to fill your bentos with?
Q: Any other comments you would like to share?
A: I love Korean television dramas! And I have started to take Korean lessons.
That was fantastic, and thanks so much for sharing your bento with us!!