There is always a first to anything! This is my first angry bird bento, I made this upon request from a student who wanted to learn and make this for her son.
For this bento, I made a point to use food to naturally ‘color’ the rice for the characters. The side dishes were grilled salmon, lettuce, cherry tomato, grapes, cucumber, carrot, tamagoyaki.
Ingredients for the angry bird characters:
- Yellow Bird (rice, egg soboro, crabstick, carrot, seaweed, cheese)
- Pig (rice, edamame beans, seaweed, cheese)
*egg soboro – A Japanese minced egg dish, alternatively, you can use diced-up omelette.
This angry bird bento fitted perfectly in my white Monbento box (^-^) yay!
For those who want less ‘girly’ characters or are Angry Bird fans, I hope you will enjoy this!
Now…on to the second part.
For those of you who find it daunting to start character bento, these tips will definitely be helpful:
- Start simple. Just pick one key focus for your character bento. For instance, if you are making cute sausages, then leave the rest of the food items simple and straightforward.
- Make full use of cute bento accessories (e.g. bento picks, food cups, wax paper), they really help dress up your bento! Even ‘seasoned’ kyaraben-artists use them often.
- Colorful ingredients. Unless you are going for a certain look for the season, e.g. autumn bento tend to be more ‘earthy’ in colors and the food items, most bento will look great with ingredients of many colors. Many vegetables and fruits can give you that color burst!
- Plan ahead. It really does help to plan ahead, perhaps the night before (assuming you are doing this early in the morning). This helps you think better and plan your cooking process. You can also do the necessary to help speed things up, e.g. defrost your meat, wash and slice the vegetables ahead of time, set your rice cooker on timer.
Shirley - Bento specialist, Singapore
Hello :) I am Shirley, a bento artist/chef and blogger. I started making bento back in 2011 as getting lunch was very inconvenient at work, and in 2012 my blog, Little Miss Bento was born. Bento making is a passion that I am fond of, and excited about. My head is often bursting with ideas on what to make. Even when I visit the supermarkets, I often imagine what I can make out of an ingredient or food product. Character bentos are my forte, but I also enjoy making usual bento lunches, bread, sweets and other decorative food items. If you like kawaii and and fun creations, I am sure you will enjoy my blog postings. I will continue to do my best and thanks for staying with me.