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Posted on Oct 23, 2007 | 7 comments

Tocino and simit sesame bread lunches

Tocino and simit sesame bread lunches

Tocino bento lunch for preschooler

Contents of preschooler lunch: Sesame bread (Turkish simit or Greek koulouri), Filipino pork tocino (sweet cured pork), grape tomatoes, wrapped cheese triangle, and Sabra roasted garlic hummus from Costco. This was from the first batch of tocino I’ve cooked (from a frozen package); it was sweet like longanisa sausage and Bug downed it happily (he passed on the traditional vinegar accompaniment). Next time I’ll try packing it with some fried rice and fried egg to make Filipino comfort food…

Morning prep time: 3 minutes, using all leftovers.

Packing: I tucked a little pick into the center compartment for the pork, and the box’s built-in dividers and watertight lid contained the thick hummus without leaking. Lunch packed in one 350ml tier of a Lock & Lock lunch set.

Hummus sandwich bento lunch

Contents of my lunch: Sandwich of hummus, ham and thinly sliced cucumber on Turkish sesame bread. Venezuelan eggplant, grapes, and grape tomatoes.

Morning prep time: 5 minutes, using leftover eggplant.

Packing: The tiny tomatoes act as gap fillers to stabilize the lunch during transport, and the eggplant went into a reusable silicone baking cup to keep it away from the grapes. This was a bit of a poor choice on my part, as the lunch got shaken around before eating, and some of the oil from the eggplant leaked out of the cup. It didn’t get on the rest of the food, but with a little more shaking it probably would have. If I were to repack this, I’d either put the eggplant in a disposable lidded plastic cup or drain and dry the eggplant before packing it in the silicone cup. Packed in a 500ml Leaflet box with movable divider.

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  1. I’ve loved reading your blog for the past couple of months, and I just ~had~ to comment on this post. I have fond memories of tocino from when I was a kid (probably around Bug’s age! :D) and still love the stuff.

    :D

  2. @1 from Gaby: Thanks for the comment! I quite liked the sweetness of the tocino when it’s balanced with sour or savory alongside it. Yum! Sometimes I wonder what dishes are going to become Bug’s comfort food — not sure!

  3. @3 from deadkitty1: I like the play on words with an egg and eggplant dish, but I’m not sure how it’d taste without a good cook in charge. Kudos to your mom for making it work!

  4. HI BIGGIE!
    i love your comment about tocino, being a filipino comfort food…i love it…also with longganisa…and fried rice and egg…

    deadkitty1: i think you’re referring to “tortang talong” or eggplant fritata…roasted eggplant cooked with egg…

  5. @5 from kat: Are tocino and longanisa equally comfort food for you? What’s your favorite way to have longanisa? I have some in the freezer I’ve eaten halfway through.

  6. Hi Biggie! sorry the reply is kinda long.
    it is comfort food. fatty comfort food. i think its equal tocino and longganisa…
    it really depends on the longganisa i have on hand…if its ordinary skinned longganisa, i just put a little water and then let the oil come out. if it sticks to the pan, i put in a tiny amount of oil. sometimes i fry the rice in the longganisa pan…that’s the way to live the life…and instead of garlic vinegar, i eat it with pickled papaya (atchara)…yummy! (i dont eat like this everyday) i wish though!

    hi deadkitty! – you’re welcome! banana ketchup works best with tortang talong!

  7. @8 from kat: Ooh, banana ketchup! Sounds excellent; I should have picked some up today when I was at a large Asian market.