Decorative Bento

1 hour

medium

1 pax / 1 piece

New to decorative bento? This will be a fun recipe and especially a treat for the young ones. An hour or so is all you would need to create an eye-catching meal for your kid to bring to school in a snack box. As it’s a brand new year, our bento welcomes spring! Use egg sheets to delicately create the raincoat, and cut apples for a nice umbrella to match the theme.
We used Kinmemai Better Brown Rice,  for it’s smooth texture and is a lighter, fluffier brown rice. Have fun ‘deco-ben’ as snacks or picnic meals for the weekends!
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Ingredients

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65g Kinmemai Better Brown Rice Rice
100g water
½tbsp tomato sauce
2sheets of seaweed
2lettuce leaves
Rice crackers
1 apple
3pieces dumplings
Tri-color capsicums (seeds removed, cut into strips)
1tbsp light soy sauce
2tsp oil
Egg sheets:
3eggs (beaten)
2tsp cornstarch
2tsp water
1tsp oil

Directions

1.

Cook 65g Kinmemai Better Brown Rice with 100g water in rice cooker.
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2.

Mix cornstarch and water together, 2 tbsp each.
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3.

Add mixture to beaten eggs and whisk to combine. Strain the egg mixture.
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4.

Lightly oil and heat a tamagoyaki pan. Pour a thin layer of egg mixture into the pan.
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5.

Cook on low heat until egg sheet set.
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6.

Repeat to make 3 egg sheets. Set aside.
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7.

Cook dumplings in boiling water. Set aside and drizzle with some oil to prevent them from sticking together.
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8.

Stir fry tri-color capsicum strips with a little oil in a pan. Season with 1 tbsp light soy sauce. Set aside once cooked.
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9.

Transfer cooked brown rice into a mixing bowl. Mix in ½ tbsp tomato sauce.
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10.

Shape a portion of brown rice into an oval rice ball with cling wrap for the body.
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11.

Lay an egg sheet over cling wrap. Place rice ball in the centre and wrap egg sheet around it. Wrap with cling wrap to shape and set aside for 5 minutes
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12.

Shape the rest of brown rice into a round rice ball with cling wrap for the head.
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13.

Cut the hair from a sheet of seaweed. Wrap seaweed over rice ball with cling wrap.
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14.

Add folded egg sheet to form the hood around the head. Wrap with cling wrap to shape and set aside for 5 minutes.
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15.

Lay the base of the bento box with lettuce leaves.
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16.

Unwrap and position the body rice ball.
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17.

Add cooked capsicum strips and dumplings on the sides.
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18.

Unwrap and position the head rice ball.
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19.

Cut half circles from the egg sheets for the raincoat collar. Apply mayonnaise on one side and place on raincoat. Add rice crackers for the raincoat buttons.
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20.

Use a craft punch to cut out the eyes and mouth and paste on the “little girl’s” face with a little mayonnaise. Add mayonnaise on the eyes
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21.

Add the bow tie bento pick.
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22.

Add tomato sauce as blush.
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23.

Shape and carve apple into an Umbrella. Slot the bento picks into the apple for the umbrella’s handle. Add apple umbrella to bento.
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