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Vegetarian Adobo Bento Box

Posted on November 04, 2009 by Debra
Wheat Meat Adobo with Roasted Carrots and Broccoli

Wheat Meat Adobo with Roasted Carrots and Broccoli

We love adobo.  Before becoming vegetarian, I used to cook a bonafide, Filipino style, pork or chicken adobo on a regular basis.  It’s an easy one pot entree that simmers and scents your kitchen with comfort food sensations.  On this occasion the adobo uses “wheat meat” or seitan as the protein.  It’s a similar texture to chicken and I pondered whether or not it would hold up well in an adobo marinade.  It did and it tastes great.  No, it doesn’t taste like chicken, it tastes like “wheat meat” with adobo flavors, which in my opinion is a wonderful discover.  Saba Man’s bento box claimed the majority of the pieces, so I threw in some black fungus into the marinade for my lunch.  His box contains white rice with a takuwan garnish, roasted carrots and broccoli and a miso quail egg.  My box, also known as the magic round box (mrb) contains a wild rice and brown rice mixture with same roasted carrots and broccoli.  I also added a quail egg and piece of roasted yellow bell pepper.

Black Fungus Adobo with Wild Rice and Carrots

Black Fungus Adobo with Wild Rice and Carrots

If you’d like to make adobo with “wheat meat”, give your own adobo marinade recipe a whirl or try this one.

Adobo Marinade

  • 3 gloves garlic minced
  • 1 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch pepper or peppercorns
  • table spoon of oil
  • Soak about 4-5 cups of “wheat meat”  for 30 minutes then simmer in the marinade until the liquid is reduced to about half.  Drain the pieces before placing in a bento box.

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    1. sheri says:

      mm, sounds good! I haven’t had adobo in quite a long time, and yours looks so juicy and delicious! Almost makes me want to try the veg version.

    2. Lia Chen says:

      Never have this adobo before, but looking at your pictures and recipe make me wanna try it. I am smiling here reading about your MRB hehehe … (^.^)

    3. gamene says:

      this recipe looks AMAZING and very versatile (can imagine using with different veggies and sides). thanks so much for posting!

    4. bentobird says:

      Yum!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, hapa bento!

    5. hapabento says:

      Thank you everyone for stopping in. Gamene, I’ve never condidered making a non-protein adobo. Sounds interesting and you remind me to think outside the box.

    6. Judy says:

      wow, this is something I tell you. I love me a good bento but i’m such a messy eater, not to mention a messy chef. I never have the patience to pack things neatly in a box! And great that you’re vegetarian =) The world needs more great vegetarian recipes and this is a clear winnner!

    7. hapabento says:

      Thanks Judy! I’m a recent convert and loving it.




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