A Japanese recipe for the weekend

Mimi Webber with her Bento box. Photo: SG150813-140TW
Mimi Webber with her Bento box. Photo: SG150813-140TW
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Miyuki Webber, otherwise known as Mimi, runs a small sandwich and coffee bar in Spalding’s New Road.

Among the most popular lunch-time dishes sold at Mimi’s are her Bento boxes containing traditional Japanese food, which are sold usually on a Thursday and Friday.

Mimi’s Bento boxes are typically filled with rice, a main dish of perhaps deep fried chicken or some other food marinated in Japanese flavours, as well as a vegetable side dish.

Mimi says it is relatively easy to buy most ingredients to make Japanese dishes in Asian supermarkets, although that wasn’t the case when Mimi first moved to the UK to live in 1995.

Mimi is sharing a recipe for one of her Bento box meals, Teriyaki Chicken Bento.

The dish will serve two people.

YOU WILL NEED

2 chicken breasts

A little oil for frying

For Teriyaki sauce:

100ml water

3 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp sake (or dry sherry)

Chilli, finely chopped (optional)

METHOD

Mix all ingredients for the sauce in a jar.

Put the oil in a frying pan on a high heat, add the chicken breasts and cook until both sides are golden.

Add the Teriyaki sauce mixture to the pan, put a lid on and simmer on a low-medium heat for seven to eight minutes.

Take the lid off and keep turning the chicken until the sauce starts to thicken.

You can add a small amount of finely chopped chilli to add a little heat to the sauce.

You can also grill or steam the chicken for a healthier option, if preferred, and then continue to follow the recipe from the point that the Teriyaki sauce is added to the pan.

You can also use other meat or fish to go with the Teriyaki sauce.