Spice Up Your Life With a Taste of Japan

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Omelet Rice Bento

Beer for lunch? Your husband would love this bento!
It's Japanese omurice (omelet rice).
This would be a good edible gift for Father's Day!

If you have any leftover ingredients that you want to use up, this is a great dish.
Just fry rice with them and season with ketchup, salt and pepper!
I will write a basic recipe below.

150g Rice, cooked
1/4  Onion, diced
1/4 Red or Green pepper, diced
Chiken, Corn or anything you like
1tbs Ketchup
1/2tsp Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Brown onion and peppers ( if you use meat, cook together with onion)
2. When cooked, add ketchup and mix well.
3. Add rice and mix.
4. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.

How to make beet shape
When it's cooled, wrap with a thin egg sheet.
To make a thin egg sheet, please see the "facebook bento"

Gently place it in a bento box, trying to shape a square.
Put white rice to create bubble!

I made an arm by cutting daikon radish.


Mashed Potato Soccer Balls

Enjoyed watching FIFA world cup with this mashed potato soccer balls!
It's very easy to make and fun!

I cooked potatoes in boiled water and mashed with butter and salt.
I had some leftover grilled corn sot put inside the balls.

Create 5 sided shapes with a piece of nori seaweed.
Please see the older post " Soccer Rice Balls" too:)


Crystal Casters Bento

I collaborated with a mobile online game, Crystal Casters and made this bento!
Check out their website↓↓ to find out how to make this:):)


Bikini Bento

Sexy!? Bikini Bento :p


Bacon wrapped asparagus
Cherry tomatoes
Quinoa & cranberry salad
Rice with salmon mayo + oba shiso leaves

How to make bikini

Cut a piece of nori seaweed like this

Place it on a sliced cheese and cut cheese along the seaweed

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Boil water and cook as asparagus.
Wrap it with bacon. Use dry pasta to connect them.
Cook in a pan.


Facebook Bento

I had a lot of purple potatoes at home and was wondering what I can make with those..
Those turned blue-ish when cooked. Blue, blue, blue......Facebook! Decided to make facebook bento:)
My husband could't tell the thumbs-up rice though....:(


Hamburger steak (recipe: Shio Koji hamburger)
Purple potato croquette (recipe as follow)
Pickled tri-color peppers
Rice balls

Potato Croquette

200g Potatoes
1tbs Butter
1tbs Soy milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Egg
Flour&Panko bread crumbs, enough to coat potatoes

1. Cook potatoes and mash with butter, soy milk, salt and pepper. Shape whichever way you like
2. Coat with flour. Beat egg in a bowl and dip the patties to coat both sides.
3. Coat with panko bread crumbs.
4. Heat oil and fry.

Make a thin egg sheet to create a girl's hair.

1 Egg
1pinch Salt

1. Mix egg and salt with a fork. 
2. Strain the egg mixture.

 3. Heat a non-stick pan over low heat.
4. Add a little oil and wipe with kitchen paper.
5. Add the egg mixture in the pan.
6. Cook over low heat until the surface look not very liquidy. (only takes a minute or so)
7. turn off the heat and put a lid. Let the remaining heat cook the egg completely. 
8. Carefully peel it off from the pan.

9. Cut where the face will be and wrap around a rice ball. ( see the final picture)

Create letter with a sliced cheese. Use cookie cutters or carve with a tooth pick.