6 Easy Recipes To Try With This Adorable Bear Electric Lunch Box

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bear electric lunch box recipes korean rice cake seaweed soup with gyoza
(Credit: Bear Official Store, Rachel Tan)

Since the onset of social distancing measures, it’s become harder for me to secure a seat at restaurants during lunch hours and don’t get me started on the queue for the office microwave! Hence, I figured this electric lunch box could be the solution to my problems. All I had to do was to throw in the ingredients, add some water and plug in the lunch box and by lunchtime, I’d have a freshly cooked meal! After using the electric lunch box for more than a month, I’ve compiled a list of my personal electric lunch box recipes for the office!

How to use the Bear Electric Lunch Box

bear electric lunch box recipe
(Credit: Denki House)

The Bear electric lunch box (available on Denki House) has a 1.3L capacity and it comes with two metal bowl layers, detachable plug, pressure seal cover and an 80ml measuring cup. This measuring cup comes in handy so I don’t have to eyeball the ingredient I am using! I’ll be using this measuring cup to measure out the ingredients in the recipes down below.

One of my favourite USPs of the Bear electric lunch box is its intuitive one-button design. Simply add water to the base of the electric lunch box, place the metal trays (with food, of course), add your pressure seal cover and put on the electric lunch box lid. Plug it in, push the button and ta-da! The steaming will start immediately! Steaming halts when the electric lunch box runs out of water, which is why it is important to measure out the amount of water you intend to put in with the measuring cup provided. A good gauge is that one cup (80ml) equates to around 15-20 minutes of steaming. Now that we have the basics down, let’s hop into the fun part!

Easy electric lunch box recipes for work

Day 1: Japanese Curry & Rice

Who doesn’t love a dish of steaming hot Japanese curry every once in a while? I like my Japanese curry with a sprinkle of mozzarella, for that extra creaminess!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30-40 minutes
Servings: 1

Recipe Ingredients:
1. 1 block Japanese curry stock
2. 2 cups rice
3. 1 potato (chopped)
4. 1 carrot (chopped)
5. 1-2 pieces of chicken breast tenders (diced)
6. Mozzarella cheese (optional)

Recipe Instructions:

To prepare the night before
1. First, wash two cups of rice and store them in the upper layer
2. Next, break off one block of Japanese curry (available on dequo) and place it in the lower layer
3. Then, throw in chopped diced chicken breast, chopped potatoes and chopped carrots

Just before lunchtime
4. Add in two cups of water into the rice
5. Next, add one and a half cups into the Japanese curry mix into the lower layer
6. After that, put on the pressure seal cover
7. Then, pour 2 cups of water into the base of the electric lunch box
8. Stack the layers into the electric lunch box, throw on the lid and secure the latches
9. Lastly, plug in the lunch box, press the start button. It should cook within 30-40 minutes.

Your food is ready when the button light turns off! Take a spoon and stir the curry to make sure everything is evenly distributed. If you’re up for it, sprinkle on some mozzarella cheese (available on limsianghuat)! 

Day 2: Haidilao inspired Tomato Base Soup with Beef Sukiyaki & Rice

This electric lunch box recipe was inspired by an insane craving for Haidilao – sadly, my wallet didn’t agree with me. So I decided it was time for some DIY. I also included an easy dipping sauce inspired by the sesame oil sauce from Haidliao.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30-40 minutes
Servings: 1

Recipe Ingredients:
1. 100g tomato hot pot soup base
2. 30-50g beef strips
3. 1 cup rice
4. 2 pieces fishcake
5. ½ cube beef soup stock
6. 3 cloves garlic
7. 2 tbsps sesame oil
8. A pinch of salt

Recipe Instructions:

To prepare the night before
1. Firstly, wash one cup of rice and store it in the upper layer
2. Then, add in beef strips, tomato hot pot soup base (available on S-mart), fishcakes and beef soup stock into the lower layer
3. Next, mince three cloves of garlic with a garlic press (available on Walfos Official Store)
4. Add sesame oil and salt to the garlic. You can adjust the measurements according to your preference
5. Set aside the sesame oil mixture in a small food container (available on miqin2)

Just before lunchtime
6. Add one cup of water into the rice
7. Next, add three cups of water into the tomato hot pot soup base
8. Place on the pressure seal cover
9. Then, pour two cups of water into the base of the electric lunch box
10. Stack the layers into the electric lunch box, throw on the lid and secure the latches
11. Finally, plug in the lunch box, press the start button. It should cook within 30-40 minutes.

This electric lunch box recipe uses a tomato soup hot pot base but you can use other Haidilao soup pastes such as mala or even plain chicken stock! You can also check out the other recipes for Haidilao sauces and make your favourite one. 

Day 3: Korean Rice Cakes (Tteokbokki)

If you’re in the mood for something chewy and sweet, turn to some spicy and easy Korean recipes. Korean rice cakes or Tteokbokki are my go-to recipe for lazier days, due to the minimal preparation involved.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30-40 minutes
Servings: 1

Recipe Ingredients:
1. ½ ikan bilis soup stock cube
2. 150g instant tteokbokki/rice cakes
3. 1-1 ½ tbsp gochujang
4. 2-3 pieces fishcake
5. 1 tsp sugar
6. 1 tsp soya sauce

Recipe Instructions:

To prepare the night before
1. Add all the ingredients into the metal pot

Just before lunchtime
2. Add three cups of water to the mix of ingredients
3. Then, stir it so that the gochujang (available on Hanguk Kitchen SG) is evenly distributed
4. Next, put on the pressure seal cover
5. Pour two cups of water into the base of the electric lunch box
6. Stack the pot into the electric lunch box, throw on the lid and secure the latches
7. Lastly, plug in the lunch box, press the start button. It should cook within 30-40 minutes.

The best thing about this Korean rice cake recipe is that you can pretty much add anything you want into the mix. For days where I feel like treating myself, I throw in a ramen egg after it’s done cooking!

Day 4: Korean Seaweed Soup with Gyoza & Rice

Korean seaweed soup, otherwise known as miyeok guk, is one of my favourite dishes to make on a rainy day. The trick to this electric lunch box recipe is the garlic powder and sesame oil! 

korean seaweed soup with gyoza and rice
(Credit: Rachel Tan)

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30-40 minutes
Servings: 1

Recipe Ingredients:
1. 3 pieces frozen gyoza
2. 1 cup rice
3. 1 tsp sesame oil
4. ½ beef stock cube
5. ¼-½ tsp salt
6. 1-3 dashes of pepper
7. 1 tsp garlic powder
8. ½ tsp soya sauce
9. 2 tbsp dried wakame seaweed

Recipe Instructions:

To prepare the night before
1. Firstly, wash one cup of rice and place in the upper layer
2. Subsequently, Add dried wakame seaweed, frozen gyoza, sesame oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and beef soup stock into the lower layer

Just before lunchtime
3. Add one cup of water into the rice
4. Next, add four cups of water into the seaweed soup mixture in the lower layer
5. Then, put on the pressure seal cover
6. After that, pour two cups of water into the base of the electric lunch box
7. Then, stack the layers into the electric lunch box, throw on the lid and secure the latches
8. Finally, plug in the lunch box, press the start button. It should cook within  30-40 minutes.

I recommend bringing along your own sachet of salt along with you to adjust the taste of your seaweed soup. You can also consider packing a dipping sauce for your gyoza too!

Day 5: Chicken Congee

chicken congee electric lunch box recipes
(Credit: Rachel Tan)

For something that is healthy and easy on the stomach, this chicken congee serves as my detox meal for the week. Fair warning, this recipe takes a little more preparation effort than the rest as it also requires the use of an immersion blender. But, you’ll be rewarded with a hearty meal in just 30 minutes!

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20-30 minutes
Servings: 1

Recipe Ingredients:
1. 1 cup cooked rice
2. ½ cube chicken stock cube
3. 1 tsp chopped spring onion
4. 1 chicken fillet (diced)
5. 1-2 tsp sesame oil
6. Salt
7. Pepper

Recipe Instructions:

To prepare the night before
1. First, add 1 cup of cooked rice in the lower layer
2. Next, add 3 cups of water
3. Using an immersion blender, blend the cooked rice in the water until fine
4. Then, add the chicken stock cube, half a teaspoon of salt and a dash of pepper
5. After that, rub the chicken fillet with salt and pepper
6. Then, place the chicken fillet in the upper layer, drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle the chopped spring onions

Just before lunchtime
7. Pour one and a half cups of water into the base of the electric lunch box
8. Then, stack the layers into the electric lunch box, throw on the lid and secure the latches
9. Lastly, plug in the lunch box, press the start button. It should cook within 20-30 minutes.

The best thing about chicken congee is that you can add a variety of ingredients to it. Sometimes, I like to add in fried shallots (available on Food People Official Store) for a bit of crunch. 

6. Chicken Rice

Want to skip the queues at the hawker centre for a plate of chicken rice? This electric lunch box recipe will prove to be an easy and healthier substitute!

chicken rice electric lunch box recipe
(Credit: Pikist)

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30-40 minutes
Servings: 1

Recipe Ingredients:
1. 1 cup rice
2. ½ cube chicken stock
3. 1 tsp chopped spring onions
4. 2 tsp minced garlic
5. 1 piece chicken breast/fillet (sliced)
6. 1 tsp ginger (sliced)
7. 2 tsp sesame oil
8. Salt
9. Pepper

Recipe Instructions:

To prepare the night before
1. Firstly, wash one cup of rice and place in the upper layer
2. Then, Pour the chicken stock cube on top of the rice
3. Next, Rub the chicken slices with salt and pepper
4. Place the chicken slices into the lower layer
5. Then, add minced garlic and ginger slices onto the chicken
6. After that, drizzle sesame oil over the chicken
7. Sprinkle the chopped spring onions

Just before lunchtime
8. Add one cup of water into the rice and chicken stock cube
9. After that, put on the pressure seal cover
10. Then, Pour two cups of water into the base of the electric lunch box
11. Next, stack the layers of  the electric lunch box, throw on the lid and secure the latches
12. Lastly, plug in the lunch box, press the start button. It should cook within 30-40 minutes.

Pack along with garlic chilli sauce for some added heat to the dish. For something sweeter, you can always drizzle in some dark soya sauce (available on S-mart) into the rice too!

Make freshly cooked meals at work with this list of electric lunch box recipes!

I hope that this list has helped give you some inspiration for easy dishes you can make with the Bear electric lunch box! My personal favourite recipe is the Korean rice cakes as it requires the least amount of set up and it is oh-so-delicious. If you’re looking for something other quick and healthy recipes, check out the Korean sauna style egg recipe featured in these easy rice cooker recipes. As for days when you just don’t feel like cooking, order from some of the best tingkat delivery places in Singapore!

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