I’ve been making bento lunch for my children for the past 2 years as they started elementary school. However I never made cute character bento because I thought they would be too difficult. Thanks to the wonderful bento cookbook, Bento Delights: Adorable + Stylish Lunches on the Go, written by my friend Syntia of Cooking Gallery, making this cute bento was very easy and fun!
To share this fun experience with you, I’m also giving away five (5) Bento Delights to Just One Cookbook readers and first two winners will also get a $20 voucher to shop at Bento&Co online store courtesy of Cooking Gallery.
Bento Delights: Adorable + Stylish Lunches on the Go is a great cookbook to help you make stylish and fun bentos, regardless whether you’re a beginner or an expert. This 118-page full-color cookbook features 31 different bento recipes from character bentos to traditional bentos so you can be inspired with new bento ideas.
You can see the preview of the cookbook on Amazon, but here are some of the pages from the cookbook.
As you see, the cookbook is very well-organized and there are big pictures of what a final bento looks like on each featured bento and step-by-step pictures will guide you visually.
The cookbook includes Bento Basics and Tools & Accessories if you are new to bento making, and there are many useful tips and tricks that you can use in your bento making right away! The cookbook also includes an additional 100 recipes at the end so you will always have bento recipe ideas for your bento everyday!
When I first started to make this sandwich bento, I tried to see if I can avoid spending money on bento making tools such as animal cookie cutter and nori punchers. If you’re wondering what nori puncher is, it’s a little tool to create facial expression using a sheet of nori seaweed. Having various nori punchers help create different fun faces.
I attempted to make my own handmade nori facial expression and hand cut animal shape…but to be honest they didn’t look nice at all despite my effort. After I purchased a few bento tools, it was much easier and faster to make cute characters. If you plan to make character bentos in the future, I think the following tools are worth investing.
Bento Delights Giveaway (WORLDWIDE) I’m also giving away five (5) Bento Delights to Just One Cookbook readers and first two winners will also get a $20 voucher to shop at Bento&Co online store courtesy of Cooking Gallery. If you want your chance to win a copy of Bento Delights, please CLICK HERE to enter. It’s WORLDWIDE, anyone can enter to win!
Thank you so much for reading, and till next time!
- For Characters
- 1 2”x2” cucumber peel
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- 1 slice ham
- 1 small round carrot
- 1 sheet nori seaweed
- For Sandwich
- 1 Tbsp. strawberry jam
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- 1 slice cucumber
- 1 slice tomato
- 1 Tbsp. egg salad
- 1 Tbsp. Japanese mayonnaise
- For Bento
- Cherry tomatoes
- Fruits (oranges, strawberries, and Apple Bunny/Rabbit
- Veggies (cherry tomatoes and cucumbers)
- Octopus shape sausages
- What you will need:
- Plastic straw
- A bear shape cookie cutter
- A bunny shape cookie cutter
- A round cookie cutter
- A square sandwich cutter
- Small scissors
- Nori punchers
- For Characters: Watch the youtube video to learn how to make character faces for froggy, chick, and bunny. The trick is to make all the parts first and then create the faces after.
- For Sandwich: Using a cookie cutter, cut out the bread to make mini sandwich.
- Spread the strawberry jam and egg salad on the sandwich bread.
- Spread mayonnaise on one of the sandwich bread and place ham, cheese, tomato and cucumber on top.
- For Bento: Place the lettuce and sandwiches carefully into the bento box. Place the character faces on the sandwich and secure with little pieces of uncooked spaghetti if you want to secure the character faces on the sandwich. Fill the empty space of the bento box with cherry tomatoes. You can also pack additional bento fillers such as octopus shape sausages, vegetables, and fruits.
If you want to secure the character faces on the sandwich, secure with little pieces of uncooked spaghetti.
To buy this bento box, check monbento site or Amazon.
Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.
I used Monbento lunch box and you can purchase at monbento site and Amazon!
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