Rilakkuma Bear

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Who does not know this famous Japanese bear called Rilakkuma? If you visit Japan, you are bound to come across this cute brown bear. Japan has a lot of Rilakkuma merchandise from the tiniest products to the largest bear. Here is my very first Rilakkuma bear bento!   My Rilakkuma bear is made of inari. This is super easy to make. Just stuffed the inari with sushi rice and cut 3 little circles out of norisheet to create the eyes and the nose. Then, cut 2 strips for the nose, too. The ears and the base for the nose are from cut-out cheese. On this plate, there are broccoli, edamame and strawberry to accompany Rilakkuma. 😉

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Rilakkuma bento ready for lunch tomorrow. In the box, there are oven-baked chicken wings, broccoli, chikuwa, edamame, peas and carrots. This is perfect if you have a busy day and if you do not have access to microwave to re-heat the food.
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Here’s another version of my Rilakkuma bento box. This is a two-tier lunch box so I can put in more sidedishes in this box. The sideshes are brocolli, chikuwa, oven-baked chicken wings, edamame, strawberries and blueberries.

That’s all folks…looking forward to my next creation 🙂

Relax, Chill out and Unwind

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Mickey Mouse Bento

I have a little nephew who turns 2 over the weekend and he loves Mickey Mouse very much. So, I have decided to create a Mickey Mouse bento especially for him and his sunday school friends. Being aware that the children are mainly toddlers, so I tried to make it as simple and as “toddler-friendly” as possible for our little guys to enjoy 😆 Ta-daaa…

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In this box, there are a couple of tamagoyaki, heart-frankfurters, a couple of ham and cheese Mickey Mouse, grapes and strawberries which the children love…

The birthday boy had a great wonderful day and our little friends enjoyed their lunch together.“It’s yummy, mommy!” 🙂

Laughter is timeless,

imagination has no age,

and dreams are forever.

~Walt Disney~

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Easter Bunny Bento

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While most of the bento-ers around the world are making their cute Easter themed bento. Here is my version of super simple easy bento. There are fried rice, quail egg cut in half, tomatoes, and bunny in a cup made of dried cod roe on my egg sheet. I have learnt how to make perfect egg sheet and this time round it turns out much better than before. Practice makes perfect, indeed. Of course, on the side is my homemade crackling roast pork. Yum!

Stay tune for my next bento creation…in the meantime, enjoy the long weekend!

HAPPY EASTER!

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Kiddie-O Bento

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Here’s another of my Inari sushi Kidz -O- Bento creation. Somehow, I am excited to use Inari as one of my ingredients for my bento. Not only it is easy, I can experiment with various toppings too ;-). On my previous post, I used quail eggs as the head; this time, I tried to use halved fish ball as the head. It actually turned out great!

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For one of the toppings, I tried using canned Unagi which I bought it from a local Asian grocery store. I have never tried canned Unagi before, so I thought, I might give it a try this time. The texture is actually not too bad, however, it’s a little bit too sweet for me. The other topping was “Hot and Spicy” Spam, which I bought a while ago in our local supermarket. Since I don’t normally buy Spam, I never thought that that flavour existed. To my surprise, it tasted yummy! The sidedishes on the plate include lettuces, carrots, tamagoyaki and Grape Perino tomatoes.

I tried putting them in two different boxes to see how they turned out. Let’s vote…Do you prefer Bento box 1 or Bento box 2?

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Box 1

In box 1, I put in 2 Inari sushi guys and lettuces, tamagoyaki, Grape Perino tomato and german potatoes as sidedishes.

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Box 2

In box 2, I put in 2 Inari sushi guys and lettuces, tamagoyaki, Grape Perino tomato, german potatoes and mixed vegetables as sidedishes.

Here’s the recipe for German Potatoes from “Kawaii Bento Boxes” book.

Ingredients:

1 small potato

1 strip bacon, cut up

1/2 tsp butter

Dash salt

Method:

1. Peel and slice potato into thin quarter rounds. Cover and microwave 2-3 mins or just until tender.

2. Heat butter in a frying pan. When butter melts, stir-fry potato slices, and then add bacon slices

3. Season with salt. (If moist finish is preferred, pour in some milk to finish)

I have just recently watched “Lego Movie” and bought some figurines. I couldn’t resist not taking photos of my Kidz -O- Bento creation with my lego figurines. “Everything is Awesome! Everything is Cool!” 😉

The only thing you need to be special is TO BELIEVE you can be.

~Lego Movie~

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Summer Seafood Bento

After a long hard year of work, I am just dreaming of summer by the beach. I just want to soak up the sun, breathe in the salty air, sipping the coconut juice from fresh coconut and of course, delicious fresh seafood. Therefore, I decided to create pasta-based seafood bento.

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There is pasta mix with cod roe and a sprinkle of bonito flakes. As the side dish, there is crispy baked salmon, sausages, seaweed and crabmeat wrapped with egg and topped with black sesame. I also drop in a couple of fish crackers on top. I made 2 different types of crab. The bigger one was made of 2 sausages; one for the body and the other for the pincers, they are put together using pasta sticks. The smaller one is the halved mini frankfurters, so it doesn’t look too bulky.

Here’s how it look like in a two-tiered lunch box.

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Hope you enjoy your summer days.

A Life without love is like a year without summer

~ Swedish Proverbs ~

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Bento Workshop

Chinese New Year is here again..Yeay!!

During my summer holiday, I had a chance to go to Singapore to have a workshop with my favourite bento idol, Little Miss Bento. I was extremely excited to finally meet her. I came across her work of bento art while I was ‘google-ing’ for bento ideas last year. Her work of art was amazing!

For the workshop, we decided on Chinese New Year themed Bento.

Here’s the cute sleeping sheep bento I learnt to make in a few hours. Time flies when you are having so much fun and I learnt heaps from my bento idol. 😉

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The sheep was handmade without any mould. Everything was made of rice except for the horn, which was made of egg sheet. I learnt how to make perfect yellow eggsheet, which I cut and rolled into flowers and attached the end with pasta. I also learnt how to make the 3D carrot flowers top with a few black sesame. The sides were prepared by her. There were baked chicken, edamame, stir fry broccoli, mushroom and tofu. Lastly, I was given that special kamaboko with the picture of a sheep. I love it to the max! It is so cute!! I wish we have them here in Australia.

Happy Chinese New Year!

新年快乐
羊年吉祥
万事如意

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Seal Burger

This is my first attempt to make a sushi burger. I called my special creation ‘Seal-a-Burger’.

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This is very easy to make. I used basic ingredients (whatever I have in my pantry) to make the burger patty.

BURGER PATTY
• 500g ground beef
• Bacon pieces
• Worchester Sauce
• Salt and pepper
Method
1. Mix all ingredients together
2. Use the burger patty mould to make the perfect shape. Otherwise, you can just shape it using your hand.
3. Lay the burger patties on a baking tray and baked it at 200 degree celcius for about 20 minutes or until it’s done.

I used sushi rice which I’ve cooked it and shaped it like a bun for the top and bottom part of the ‘burger’. Place one of them at the bottome, add a few lettuces and sauce as you like, then put the burger patty on the lettuce. Then I cut a square norisheet (as big as the patty) and placed it on top of the patty to keep it altogether before putting the sushi rice on top.

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As for this second version, I mix a bit of shaved bonito and furikake to the sushi rice before shaping it into a ‘bun’.

I used cut out cheese and norisheet for the eyes, nose and mouth.

As for the sides, I used blanched spinach top with shaved bonito, roma tomatoes and strawberries.

Here’s how it looks like when it goes into my lunchbox.

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Here are all my Seal-a-Burger creation. Enjoy!

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 The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.  

~Kobe Bryant~

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