Recipe: Salmon Bento (Haroko-meshi) From Tohoku, Japan

Recreate this easy-to-make bento speciality from Tohoku, Japan


The haroko-meshi (rice cooked in a salmon and soy stock, topped with ikura) may look like a typical seafood don, but don’t be mistaken — this speciality dish from the Miyagi Prefecture in Tohoku region features rice cooked with salmon broth. This results in a base of flavourful rice, which pairs well with the soft and tender strips of salmon.

Ingredients for Haroko-meshi 

  • 320cc Rice
  • 200g Fresh raw salmon
  • 100g Salmon roe marinated with soy sauce
  • 1pc (150g) Avocado
  • 4g Nori seaweed (flakes)
  • 200ml Water (to cook fresh salmon)
  • 380ml Water (to cook rice)
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp Sake for cooking
  • Wasabi, as needed



  • Wash the rice and soak in water for 30 minutes or more
  • Make a lid by using baking paper


  • Cut the raw salmon into 12 pieces
  • Put the water, soy sauce, cane sugar and sake into a pot
  • Heat up with medium heat and bring to a boil before adding the raw salmon
  • Place the paper lid onto the boiling ingredients and cook for 1 min at medium heat
  • Turn off the heat when the colour of the salmon changes and let it cool down
  • Once it’s cooled, take the salmon out using a spoon and put it on a tray
  • Add water to the broth till 380ml
  • Put the soaked rice and broth into a pot and cover it with the pot lid
  • Use high heat and bring to a boil, thereafter turn to low heat and cook for 10 min
  • Leave it to steam for 10 min, before mixing well
  • Divide the avocado into 2 portions, remove the seed and further divide into 4 portions
  • Peel off the skin and cut the avocado into 1cm cubes


  • Fill the bento with the cooked rice
  • Place the cooked salmon nicely on top of the rice
  • Arrange the avocado cubes around the salmon
  • Put the salmon row on top of the cooked salmon
  • Place the seaweed in the enter and the wasabi on a saucer

Ingredients can be bought from Meidi-Ya Supermarket (Liang Court Shopping Centre, 177 River Valley Rd, #B1-50, Singapore 179030, Tel: 6339 1111).