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Mt Fuji Bento--Pork with Wasabi Deep-Fried Wraps

Mt Fuji Bento--Pork with Wasabi Deep-Fried Wraps

"Wasabi-zuke" is a speciality of Shizuoka Prefecture and is featured in these fried pork wraps. Enjoy a Shizuoka-packed bento.

Ingredients: 2 bento boxes worth

Thinly sliced pork
2 large slices
Shiso leaves
4 leaves
Wasabi-zuke
2 teaspoons
Processed cheese slice
1 slice
Flour, egg, and panko
as needed
Frying oil
as needed

Steps

1. Spread out the pork slices, and place 2 shiso leaves on each slice. Spread 1 teaspoon wasabi-zuke over the shiso, top with 1/2 slice of cheese, then roll them up.
2. Dust the wraps with flour, dredge in a beaten egg, and cover with panko before plunging into 360F/180C oil until done.
3. Cut in half diagonally and arrange in a bento box.

Story Behind this Recipe

Congratulations to Mt. Fuji in becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Wasabi-zuke, shirasu (young sardines), Sakura shrimp, clementines, and tea are all regional specialties of Shizuoka. I wanted to pack lots of Shizuoka's delights into this hearty bento.