This dish originates in the northern-most part of Kyushu, one of Japan's four main islands. Chikuzen-ni falls under the category of nimono, or boiled things. This is Japanese comfort food and this dish can be made on large quantities to keep in the fridge for bento-making, or as a side dish at dinner time.
Here is our recipe for a simple and refreshing quick pickle salad featuring nappa cabbage and smashed cucumbers. It's a terrific dish to prepare once every week or two and keep in the fridge to pull out as a ready to go side for all kinds of meals.
Bento making is a great way to eat local, healthy food, and can be an outlet for your creativity. In order to keep it safe though, proper preparation is a must in order to avoid food poisoning, especially in a hot summer like the one we’ve had this year.