3 Minutes Bento

To prepare a bento in 3 mins
- ‎1st minute: place an egg in a small pot with hot water, cover pot and bring to boil for 1 min. While waiting, use a veggie shredder to shred the cabbage, veggie cutter for carrot and bell peppers

- 2nd minute: stop the egg from boiling and leave it in the pot for 30 sec, use a rice mould for the rice balls, take out the hard boiled egg from the pot and place it in a bowl of cold water for 10 sec, this will help you peel the egg easily

- 3rd minute: Cut the hard boiled egg into half, place them in a lunchbox together with the salad, use nori punch and picks to decorate rice balls and egg :)

Bears Peeping from Onigiri-s

I have seen many bento blogs and books featuring bears peeping from a bread roll or sandwich. Thought it'd be fun to try it on onigiri rice balls instead.

Little Onigiri-s

I love these bento picks. They are of great help when you run out of ideas on how to decorate your bento.

Hero + Villian

Anpanman is the most popular character in Japan. As he is a hero who helps those in trouble, every kid loves him dearly.
Hina, on the other hand, prefers the villian - Baikin-man. She sees her friends bringing Anpanman Bentos to school and she asks if I could make her a Baikin-man one instead.  So, I made her this for her birthday on Tuesday.

A Simple Panda Bento

I bought a bento book all about pandas recently.
The panda rice balls in the book looked simple, and since I have not done any bento with a panda theme, thought I should give it a try.
Turned out that it wasn't as easy as I had expected. The eyes and ears was the most difficult part, I don't think I could do it without my seaweed punch .
I'm so grateful to the person who invented all these bento-making tools :)

Kamaboko Animals

It's really hot and humid now in Japan, and nothing is better than cold kamaboko (fish cake) on rice.
I bought this colorful kamaboko at the supermarket and thought it would be interesting to use them to cut out some animal faces.

You can visit J-Mama & Baby for tools used on this bento.

Ganbatte Japan !!

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A Simple Bento

I haven't been to the supermarket for days and my refrigerator has left with limited choices of ingredients. So, I'm left with no choice but to make something simple for Hina's lunch.

Gyudon Dinner

GyuDon (Beef Rice Bowl) is one of the Japanese favourite dishes and I'm surprised that something so delicious is so easy and simple to prepare.

- Boil onion and sliced beef in mirin, soy sauce, a bit of vinegar and abit of sugar until onion is soft and beef is cooked.
- Put it over the rice with a bit of sauce left from the beef and onion.

Fire Truck Lunch

It has been a long time since I made a bento . I had severe morning sickness for the past 3 months, and I could not do anything but to stay in bed most of the time.

Since I have been feeling better recently, I started my 1st bento for this summer. Inspired by a talented bento-making mum from Japan, I tried one of her popular bento, crabsticks and cheese over fried rice decorated into a fire truck.

Basketball Bento

We went to watch my hubby's basketball game on Saturday, and since the game started around noon, I packed a Basketball Bento lunch for Hina.

Bento Contents:
- Garlic Fried Rice with frozen mixed vegetables
- Fresh Cherry Tomato with a leaf pick
- Hard-boiled quail eggs
- Bacon wrapped around asparagus

Carp Bento

5th May is Children's Day in Japan.
During this day, many families would decorated their homes with koinobori (carp-shaped wind socks), in honor of sons and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.
Although I have daughter, I do hope that by make these carp rice balls, she will too, grow up to be healthy and strong.

Bullet Train Bento

Bullet Train, also known as Shinkansen is one of the most popular mode of transportation in Japan.

- cherry tomatoes, sausages cut-out in flower shapes, broccoli, rice balls with seaweed, crabsticks and cheese