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Frankenstein, Dracula and Mummy 😈👻🎃 Bentos

Mummy Hambagu Bento

Its about a week more to Halloween and I had been busy making Halloween themed bentos for my son. Last year, I made him a Beetle Juice character, it was my first Halloween Bento. Time passes so fast!

Beetle Juice onigiri and sandwich

He has been so obsessed with Hotel Transylvania 2 movie. Every other day, he would request for a Halloween character in his bentos. Of course, I could not replicate characters from the movie 100% as it would take too much time in the morning to prepare. So I made simplified versions of mummy and Frankenstein and he loved them! Except for the Dracula, which he also requested but did not touch it because he thought it was too scary for him! So much for my efforts to see Dracula come home intact after school ꒰╬•᷅д•᷄╬꒱

If you are keen to make the Mummy Hamburger or the Little Frankenstein Ham Sandwiches (҂⌣̀_⌣́) for halloween parties or your kids, please check out my hand=sketched instructions below. I hope you can read my handwriting… Have a great Halloween!

Little Frankenstein Ham Sandwich

Dracula Bento & Chicken Wraps (Dracula made out of mashed potato, hanpen, carrot, nori seaweed and soy sauce)

Little Frankenstein- How To Make (Ingredients: 2 slices of plain bread, ham, hanpen, soy sauce, 1 piece of nori seaweed &  1 Japanese crabstick)

Mummy Hambagu – How To Make (Ingredients: 1 Hamburger patty, 1 carrot, 1 cheese slice & 1 piece of nori seaweed)


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Baby Sloth Bento

www.ongling.comI am embarrassed to confess that the animal that I thought was a slow loris for a long time is actually a sloth  ^‡^” …. So I have been giving wrong information to my little one all along. They are all equally adorable animals, slow loris, sloth, baby tarsier….big eyes.

Glad I found out the fact before I post this bento photo up, if not, it will be unimaginable embarrassment in public…haha…≥†≤”

In this bento, I made the baby sloth out of shoyu-flavoured rice, face and facial features made out of hanpen and nori cutoffs.
Other bento items  include

Pork belly wrapped Asparagus sautéed with a pinch of salt
Negi Chikura with crabstick filling
Sausage and Tomago flower
Apple chunks and edamame

Well, you can never be too old to learn from mistakes and gain new knowledge!


Totoro Lost Weight!
This morning, I found out I did not replenish the rice, only left with a small cup. I promised Tz I will make him a totoro bento today and I did… a slimmer totoro. >O< hee hee…

In this bento,
Body – sushi rice mixed with shoyu
Tummy – hanpen cut-out with a circular cookie cutter and nori for “arrow” stripes
Foot – hanpen cut-out with a small circular cookie cutter and sesame seeds for toes
Eyes – hanpen cut-out with a small circular cookie cutter and nori
nose, mouth & whiskers – nori
Umbrella – Japanese cucumber cut-out

Steamed sausages & Broccoli
Beansprouts wrapped in bacon grilled


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Sumikko Spaetzle
These little fellows are Shirokuma (whitebear) & tonkatsu (Pork cutlet) from the Sumikkogurashi family. They were Tz’s lonely lunch buddies today. He even made conversations with them before he ate them up in just 1 bite. I have made them out of mash potatoes and the size of a thumb. They were sitting on a bed of German spaetzle and shredded stewed pork.

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Where are Mr. Giraffe’s Patches?!!
Mr. Giraffe is Tz’s playdate buddy today, the only animal he was not afraid of besides the panda from our zoo visit yesterday. He was terrified of lions, elephants, even adorable pygmy hippopotamus! It was not an amusing visit at all as I don’t get to see many animals…. ÀωÁ. Oh well, sometimes, mommy wants to have fun too! haha……

Chicken rice with tomago:
The chicken rice was left-over from dinner last night. I made a big pot using just 1 knob of  ginger, 2- 3 garlic cloves crushed, chicken fats and stock.

Melt some chicken fats in a heavy pan, sauté the sliced ginger and crushed garlic for a minute or two to release the aromas. Add in washed uncooked rice (about 2 cups) and fry for another 3-4 minutes before transferring the rice with garlic and ginger into a rice cooker. Add chicken stock (equivalent to the usual quantity of water to cook rice) and cook.

Giraffe’s body –  I stir-fried some of the left-over rice with an egg to achieve a yellow tint.
Giraffe’s mouth, nose and eyes – hanpen, nori and black sesame seeds
Giraffe’s ears – pasta stick and corn
Flowers – ham

Goyoza (my version of filling)
Filling ingredients : 2-3 prawns, a few thin slices of kurobuta pork (used in shabu shabu), 1 slice of bacon, a small handful of chopped chives, 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, 1/2 to 1 tsp mirin, salt and pepper, potato starch/four, goyoza pastry skin (from supermarket)

Mince all the ingredients together for about 15 minutes with a heavy meat chopper or you can mince it in a blender. I like to take the long route so I can control the consistency of texture. Mix in well a little potato starch in the end to hold the mixture together.

Wrap them in the goyoza pastry skins and seal the ends with some potato starch or egg. Panfry them in a pan with a little vegetable oil until light golden brown on all sides. Then add a little water or chicken stock into the pan and cover to let it simmer for a few minutes for the filling to cook fully.


Smoking is Bad for you, Professor Inkling!
Tz is in for a treat today as he has Professor Inkling as a lunch buddy! “OCTONAUTS …..TO THE OCTOPOD AT ONCE!” ≈ÒuÓ≈

Professor Inkling Bento
Pasta cooked in chicken broth
Professor Inkling – Hanpen as base, Ham for head and tentacles, Cheese and carrots for neck bow tie and nose, nori and hanpen for eyes & pipe.
Sauteed pork belly in anchovies sauce
Steamed carrot flower and broccoli.

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Rush Rush Kwazii!

Octonauts Bento In A Rush
www.ongling.comUpon Tz’s request last night, I made him a Octonauts themed bento. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to arrange the items properly or add dividers & lettuce to frame the bento but he was equally ecstatic. Phew! So long he had his buddies, Barnacles & Kwazii.

Octonauts Bento
Kwazii – sushi rice, face-tomago, nose-cheese & sausage, freckles-seasame seeds, the rest is nori
Barnacles – sushi rice, face-hanpen surimi, nose-cheese & hanpan, the rest is nori
Whale shark – sushi rice, shiitake mushroom
Meat balls with breadcrumbs, shell pasta, sausage and edamame