Albany John and I got some take out bento lunches from Sushi Tei. They have some cheap lunch specials, but they don’t sacrifice quality for price.
He ordered the Ton Katsu Box ($6.95). It’s a fried pork cutlet battered in panko. Good stuff – it was a large cutlet, moist and juicy on the inside, sitting on a bed of shredded daikon.
The bentos are attractively packaged in a disposable plastic bento. If this type of plastic weren’t too much of a pain to get clean, I’d keep them and reuse them. This would probably be kind of ghetto, so I’m glad I don’t. I should keep an eye out for proper bento boxes for sale.
The bentos also come with rice, salad, miso soup, and the appetizer of the day. This day we were quite lucky! It’s usually something fried, but this was beyond “just fried”. It was a taro croquette with shiitake mushrooms in it and I could easily have eaten another five of them.
The taro was mashed into a soft silkiness, with tiny bits of (dried, reconstituted) shiitake mushrooms adding body and flavor. Fried to perfection without being the least bit greasy, it was so wonderful. I’d love to learn how to make it.
I ordered the Grilled Shrimp-Yaki Box ($7.95). It always seemed interesting, and man do I love shrimp. (I would have ordered a roll combo, but I’m still trying to shake a cold and my tastebuds have been fading in and out).
This consisted of buttery grilled shrimp, with lo-mein noodles, broccoli, and some carrots hidden under the noodles. The shrimp and noodles had a charred flavor like you’d expect from a hibachi grill, not at all unpleasant. My shrimp were overcooked and slightly mealy, but still enjoyable. Everything was slathered with a tart buttery sauce, and more sauce came on the side. That sauce could resolve any crisis. I dipped everything possible in to it. So good. The shrimp may have overcooked as a hazard of being take out (covered plastic dish + hot food + time = no good), but I’m not ruling out the possibilty that the dish might come that way (all of the hibachi food I’ve ever eaten, sadly, means overcooked).
I thought the noodles were a little overkill, considering the box also came with rice. Still, based on the sauce that came with the yaki… dude I will order this again. I dipped a strip of pork katsu in there and guess what? ALSO AWESOME!
Oh, oh, and those yellow things in the center? Pickled daikon! How cute, right? A nice way to end the meal.