Last Saturday I went to the Korean grocery store and the lovely owner basically forced the other patrons, along with myself, to try a piece of steamed potato. She claimed it was sweet potato and it tasted like sweet potato, only better.
So I bought three. Last night I made a batch of mashed sweet potatoes with it but it looked so unlike any sweet potato I’d ever seen. It looked downright disgusting but as for the taste, it was nothing short of impressive.
I mentioned this bizarre phenomenon to the coworker that I eat lunch with(everyone else goes out to eat a ridiculous amount) and asked if it looked like yams. He was all like, “That doesn’t look like a yam, they’re super orange,” and when I mentioned it tasted like sweet potatoes he responded along the lines of “Oh! White sweet potatoes!”
So yeah, white sweet potatoes are a thing! I’m not so sure I’d buy them again because of how horrific they look, especially in this bento, it looks like a combination of sick and baby food. Because I made these mashed potatoes from scratch, it took about an hour and a half to make this bento.
As for the baked Tofu squares, they’re quite yummy but quite expensive. I’m not so sure I’d be buying these again either, unless I decide to cut back on Gardein or Tofurky goodies, which I only really use in my bento meals. Even then, I think I’ll be more likely to buy plain tofu and marinate it in a recipe I find online.
So this bento was delicious, looked horrendous and as a result of the latter, I doubt I’d make anything like it again without a lot of changes. One change I can think of is maybe a mashed potatoes made with a regular sweet potato for the richer color. Another is maybe steam a few big slices and do cute cutouts to lay on top and marinate some Tofu of my own.