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Frankenstein, Dracula and Mummy 😈👻🎃 Bentos

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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!

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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!

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Little Frankenstein Ham Sandwich

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

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

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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!


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Totoro Lost Weight!

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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,
Totoro:
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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Dad and Son Bentos – Friday Happy Meal 😜

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Its Friday! And I get a weekend break from making 🍱! Yah! So today I made something extra special for them, some Japanese sweets (Dango 🍡 and jelly) to accompany their seafood patties sandwiches. I bet Tz will skip his sandwich and go straight to the sweets….

The seafood patties are made up of :
half a cod fish fillet, half a squid and 4 prawns, all minced.
I mixed in :
half an egg, some potato flour to bind the ingredients (you can use breadcrumbs too), 2-3 tablespoons fish sauce, 3/4 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoon coconut cream, 1 tablespoon of tamarind pulp, some minced coriander and basil leaves, and 2-3 green beans chopped.
And I fried them in some vegetable oil until all sides are golden crispy brown.

I added some crispy fried bacon into the sandwiches too. Tz is mad about bacon.

Have a great weekend ahead! I will catch up on my sleep……😴


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Red Hair Girl Bento

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Red Hair Girl

Today I made a little girl out of mashed potato and instant noodle, Tz’s two favourite foods. For the sides, I have steamed siew mai (meat dumplings), broccoli and a chicken ham flower. Tz asked me who she is and I made up a silly story that this girl is a grown up Ponyo. He believed me….^x^….and told me he would take good care of her. I told him to eat it……..Ò⌈Ó

Red Hair Girl
Face – mashed potato
Eyes & nose – hanpen (surimi) & nori
Mouth – crabstick, hanpen & nori
Hair – instant noodle with tomato ketchup & a little olive oil

Have a great day! 😉


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Eat your lunch!

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Eat your lunch

Sometimes, Tz would come back with his bentos almost untouched…. you can imagine how worried I would be because it meant that he was on an empty stomach for more that half a day after breakfast. Its always mind-boggling to think up what to prepare for him. I believe most parents who prepare their kids’ lunch face the same dilemma. Thats why I always try to put various different types of food in his bento hoping he will at least eat some of them. In this bento, I made spam meat sandwiches and udon-yaki. Cut out some comic characters out of nori to give him a gentle reminder (more like stern reminder) to eat his lunch. Surprisingly, it did work! He finished 80% of the bento. I was so happy! Probably next time, when he is able read simple words, I will leave a note in his bento box to nicely “threaten” him, òó .


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Ponyo Omurice

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I bought this adorable little Ponyo puppet doll for Tz from Tokyo and he has been in love with her ever since. He brings her to school, eats with her, sleeps with her and sings the theme song to her (but only the first verse… he’s trying to learn the song in Japanese now… haha..). Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is the eighth film Miyazaki directed for Ghibli, and his tenth overall. The plot centers on a goldfish named Ponyo who befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke, and wants to become a human girl (definition from Wikipedia). I, too, the movie. So naturally, I am nuts about her merchandise too.

In this bento, I made omurice  (オムライス), fried rice with bacon, prawn, shoyu & tomato ketchup wrapped in omelette. In the box, I have also packed pork dumpling (siew mai from Tokyo), Satsuma imo sweet potato and steamed string beans.

How to make Ponyo:
layer 1
Hands and dress – Carefully spread open surimi crab sticks and shape with scissors.
layer 2
Face – Steam a small potato and mash it with some butter. Shape it into a round shape with hands.
layer 3
Eyes – wrap a small portion of cheese in a cellophane wrap and shape it into little balls. Gently make 2 small dents on each side of the face to sit the cheese eyeballs.  Use nori for black eye pupils
Hair – Shape 2 layers of ham using a pair of kitchen scissors, a bigger piece of ham for the top hair layer and a smaller piece for the under layer to create more depth.
Mouth and nose – tiny little carrot or leftover surimi crab stick for mouth and nori for nose.

I like how it turned out but wish I have more time to put in more details though. I love this bamboo weaved bento box, it looks like a little picnic basket. Easy to use and clean too.


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Lazy Bento Day

“Au Cafe” Bento

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Petits Pizza Rond et Nuggets de Poulet dans un Sac

Today I made this quick bistro style bento in 30 minutes for Tz with the help of a few pretty packagings such as a little paper bag with French script, round patterned paper napkins, sea creature shaped nori I bought from Okinawa Churami aquarium and a doggy pick.
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Pizza
Ready made pizza dough – use round cookie cutter to cut out small round shapes
Tomato paste, Mozaralla cheese, flower shaped ham. Bake in oven on high for 5 mins until crust is crisp. Take out of the oven and add the nori sea creatures as a finishing touch. Each of the pizza in the box has a different sea creature, turtle, dugong, manta ray, crown fish and whale shark.

Chicken Nuggets or Karaage see my recipe in my Little Goat Boy? post

Et Voilà! “Au Cafe” Bento

 

 


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Smoking is Bad for you, Professor Inkling!

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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