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Easy Office Lunch Part 2

Today, we'll introduce more food items that are easy to prepare or ready to eat!


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Instant Ramen Noodles

You are probably familiar with instant ramen. Open the lid, take the soup and ingredients out of the little packs inside, place them on top of the noodles, pour in hot water, cover the lid, wait the designated time, and it is ready to eat. It is a typical example of an easy dish. Keep some in your office or home and you can enjoy a delicious bowl of ramen right away.

The instant ramen that Maido recommends is Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen. The noodles have smooth and have a sticky texture. They are made to be flexible so that they can be easily mixed with the soup. The miso-flavored soup is characterized by the rich umami of rice miso and soybean miso, the flavors of vegetables including garlic and ginger, and the spiciness of shichimi (seven spice) chili peppers. The ingredients are cabbage, chashu pork, corn, carrots, and scallions.


(Recipe) Rice Porridge with Leftover Soup

This recipe is perfect for those for whom instant ramen alone is not enough. Simply add rice to the leftover ramen broth and microwave. Sprinkle a generous amount of nori seaweed over the rice, and you have the perfect rice porridge to finish off the dish with the aroma of the seashore.

Ingredients (1 serving):

3.4 fl oz./100 ml of leftover ramen broth

3.5 oz./100 g of rice

1 whole sheet of nori seaweed

Directions:

1. Save the ramen soup for porridge.

2. Put rice in the microwavable bowl with the soup.

3. Heat in a microwave oven (1000W) for 1 minute 15 seconds without covering with plastic wrap, and sprinkle torn nori seaweed.

Tips:

  • Make sure not to microwave the instant noodle bowl.

  • If desired, drizzle olive or sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  • The microwave heating time depends on the temperature of the remaining soup.


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Furikake Seasonings

Furikake is a dried seasoning especially suitable for eating over rice. Many types of furikake are sold as unique Japanese seasonings, including wasabi furikake, nori seaweed furikake, shiso furikake, and salmon furikake. There are also furikake that contain eggs, roasted sesame seeds, dried bonito flakes, etc. You can pour furikake directly over rice when you pack your bento (lunch), or you can pour furikake over your bento just before eating it to enjoy the crunchy texture.


(Recipe) Furikake Pasta

All you need is boiled pasta and furikake (plus some optional ingredients if you want)! A simple and easy lunch is ready in no time. Furikake and pasta may seem like an unexpected combination, but when you try it, you will be surprised at how well they go together.

Ingredients (1 serving):

3.5 oz./100 g of pasta

Some oil for pasta

Your favorite furikake to your liking

1-2 shiso leaves (optional)

Nori seaweed (optional)

Directions:

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the indicated time. Drain and immediately transfer to a bowl, add oil and dress.

2. Add the furikake and toss well to coat the pasta. The photo shows shiso furikake.


3. You can sprinkle some garnishes such as shiso leaves and nori seaweed.


Tip: While it is delicious just by mixing furikake with pasta, why not try a more creative arrangement? For example, tuna and mayonnaise can be added to the shiso furikake. For pasta with salmon furikake, you can add fried mushrooms and other ingredients. Other than that, you can add any ingredients that you like, such as ume plums, grated daikon radishes, and chopped scallions. With just a little extra effort, this pasta dish becomes a real treat that is hard to believe it is an arrangement made with furikake.


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Bread/Pastries

Bread and pastries are always popular at our store, so we assume many of you must have tried at least one them. They are ready to eat, so you can have them for not only lunch, but also breakfast and a snack.

This bread is called Hotel Bread. It is luxuriously flavored and has a deep richness, with half of the fat used being butter. You can also enjoy the unique flavor of a natural yeast called panettone, which is found in northern Italy and contains both yeast and lactic acid bacteria. Also, sun-dried salt (originally from Australia), which contains minerals derived from seawater, adds a mild flavor. In each package, the bread is sliced into six pieces. These slices are a lot thicker than typical American bread, and many of our customers love this thickness.

In the Yawaraka Bread series, the combined aging of panettone seeds and lactic acid bacteria brings out a flavorful mouthfeel and delicious taste. The long fermentation at a low temperature maintains the soft and fluffy texture even with no preservatives added. An sweet red beans, cream, chocolate, and camembert cheese flavors are available.

Each package of mini bread contains seven pieces. It is sharable and also perfect when you just want a small amount at a time. Right now, ogura sweet red beans and chocolate flavors are at the store.

D-Plus' bread is baked moist and fluffy using germinated brown rice yeast and their original baking method. It is a long-life bread with an unprecedented texture. Tsubu ann chunky red bean paste and koshiann fine red bean paste are available.

These pasties are filled with sweet red bean paste made from 100% azuki beans produced in Tokachi, Hokkaido. Ogura ann chunky red bean paste and koshiann fine red bean paste are available.

These are Malaysian sponge cakes, which are also called Cantonese-style steamed buns. They are moist, sweet, and filling, and the two-pack is the perfect amount for those times when you just want a little more.


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We'll introduce non-food items in the next blog post.


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There is a lot of food items, housewares, stationery, and gifts available at the store and our online store, Maido! Kairashi Shop, where you can place your order for shipping or store pickup! Happy shopping. :)

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