Serves 1 | Ready in 15 minutes
I ate so many instant noodle meals as a university student—back then I had no idea I could make my own wholesome version in minutes! Thin, dry rice vermicelli rehydrates quickly in hot water, so just place the noodles dry in a heatproof container and add a delicious miso paste and ginger soup base, plus raw veggies (you can use any veggie as long as it’s thinly sliced or grated). When you’re ready to eat, it’s just like the original—pour boiling hot water over, wait a few minutes, and then slurp down your warm instant noodle soup.
Meal prep a few Busy Days Instant Noodle Bentos and keep ready to go in the refrigerator. Less perishable veggies like carrot, cabbage, and broccoli are best used for this. Salad greens and herbs can be added on the day you consume the bento. Cubed firm tofu or cooked beans are both great added to your bento as a protein boost.
Use leakproof box or repurposed jar with lid for this bento. Push 1/2 nest of noodles (break a whole, dry nest of noodles in half over sink, as pieces will fly everywhere) into container. Add remaining ingredients. No need to arrange neatly for this bento!
Close tightly and pack container in bento bag or furoshiki* with fork or chopsticks. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
To serve, remove lime slice (if using), pour some boiling water over ingredients until theyu2019re submerged, close lid, and leave for 5 minutes or a little longer. Open, squeeze lime over (if using), and eat.
This recipe is part of the These Bento Box Recipes Will Take Your Workday Lunches From “Meh” to Marvelous collection.
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