Hello Everyone and welcome to another attempt at creating Hello Kitty style food. As you all may know (if you are an avid follower of the blogs) I am absolutely horrible at recreating these beautiful, yet highly unattainable, food creations that others produce on the internet. Today we will be diving into the wonderful world of Bento boxes. No not the $15 all you can eat death box you get from the Japanese restaurants in America, but a real bento. One you may see a kid in Japan take to school for lunch! So let’s get creative!
OK so to give you a better insight into the RIDICULOUS (yet adorable) world of highly structured bento boxes, I have included some images below of some Sanrio inspired lunches that I will use as my muse for the one I make.
*anxiety increases* Godspeed.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: Ingredients.
So if you can tell from the boxes above, there is absolutely NO mandatory ingredient list for bento boxes. It really seems like you can use whatever you may have in your fridge to create these colorful ensembles. I actually happened to run to a Japanese supermarket in my neighborhood a few days before so I used whatever I had let over from then. Let me let you in on a little secret though….. you will need the box part. That seems to be a trend.
- Sushi Rice
- Seaweed Snacks
- Takuan (google it)
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Green Tea Kit-Kat
- Crackers (anykind)
- Hello Kitty anything
- Bento Box (or tupperware)
- Lots of courage
After hours of studying these things online I felt pretty determined to make a hecking cool tupperware lunch. So I grabbed my bento box, (tupperware because I am poor and unprepared) and started layering. You see, that’s the true secret to these creative snack boxes. IT’S THE LAYERING. Let me show you how it is done everyone.
First I layered the Kale on the very bottom. You can use whatever you have for this whether that be seaweed, regular romaine lettuce, hot cheetos, etc. Honestly the point is it doesn’t matter just add something you will want to eat later. BTW my cat is in love with having her picture taken so that is why she seems to be in every picture. ALSO I love her and this is my blog so deal with it.
So as you can see from the images above it is all a layering game. I added my crackers, then my sushi rice which I had formed into a little ball to resemble Hello Kittys head and then added ears to that. Lastly I decked it up with a little color by adding some seaweed snacks, takuan (the yellow stuff) and cherry tomatoes. This takes a little patience and creativity but I am happy with it so far.
FINAL PRODUCT REVEAL
I loved the way it turned out! I put a few additional touches toward then end with my green tea kit-kats and some additional sweet treats. Also, I got this super cute Hello Kitty inspired ramune the other day and it worked perfectly for this blog! Yuki (my cat) and I spent a long time after this just looking at it because I was so impressed with how much better this turned out then my previous adventure in the Sanrio recipes I have attempted in the past. You can click here to read more about that dreadful experience.
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