bento #60: Domo-kun

August 4, 2009

in anime,bento

I was going to do a how-to on this and did a photo shoot on Sunday night, but it was getting late, and I was very sleepy & sloppy…
The croquettes didn’t look very good in the photos, so I decided to re-shoot some stuff again. I’ll post a how-to sometimes this week. But since I had already made them, I decided to use them for a quick regular-ish bento.

Bento #60: Domo-kun
Created and eaten on: 8/3/2009

I didn’t wake up early this day, and I was just going to put together a regular bento with a couple of Domo-kun croquettes. But the Domo-kuns were staring at me with their beady eyes, and I couldn’t resist but to make a little effort to make it look a bit nicer than a regular bento. (but not as complicated as a kyaraben)

First I put rice on the bento box.

YES, this is how much rice my boyfriend usually eats. His regular bento, like this one, might have a little more rice than a kyaraben (because a kyaraben has more non-rice food than a regular bento), but not by much. It may not look like the kyaraben I make has that much rice, but because the rice is usually molded in my kyaraben, it look like there’s a lot less rice than my regular bento. We both LOOOVE rice and eat a lot of it.

After I put rice, I put sauteed renkon (lotus root) on the side next to rice. I asked how many Domo-kun he wanted, and he said three, so I put three Domo-kuns next to the rice.

Looking a bit too crowded. Kind of like a Japanese train at rush hour.

Of course, there weren’t enough veggies, so I boiled broccoli, sprinkled salt on it and stuffed it around a Domo-kun. To brighten up the bento I added two cherry tomatoes with corns.

Rice kept falling onto Domo-kun, so I cut snowpeas with a diamond shaped cutter, and stuck them between the rice and Domo-kuns. I threw some frozen cut out carrot from the freezer (see “how to freeze carrot flowers”) to add more color.

But the rice was still more than half of the bento box… So I sprinkled black sesame seeds on top. It may look weird, but black sesame seed and a little bit of salt on rice is very common seasoning (?) for rice in Japan.

This is an amazingly half-assed bento. It probably took 30 minutes or so. Not sure this is considered a kyaraben, but since Domo-kun is a character, I thought “Oh, why not?” If I had more time, I definitely would’ve done something to the rice though. Not as exciting as my usual kyaraben, but just three Domo-kuns were cute enough to brighten up the bento.

- potato and beef croquette
- red pepper with cheese for the mouth
- cheese and seaweed for the eyes

Other food:
- rice with black sesame seed
- broccoli
- cherry tomato stuffed with corns
- renkon
- snowpeas

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.

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ArgenteeNo Gravatar August 5, 2009 at 8:23 am

I love it! Please feel free to post bentos like this, and don’t feel bad about it! Don’t think of them as ‘half-assed’, think of them as ‘transition bentos’ for people who don’t feel ready to tackle full fledged kyaraben!


JenNo Gravatar August 5, 2009 at 11:52 am

Thanks so much for sharing! I love Domo-kun (just bought yet another plush one) and have been toying with the idea of maybe Domo-kun brownies or something. :)


UFC 101 Live StreamNo Gravatar August 8, 2009 at 7:05 pm

cute! it looks like that the food wants to eat us. they have larger teeth :)


ExeCUTE a.k.a HollyNo Gravatar September 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm

So cute! You see, I am soooo very much a newbie to bento-ing and this would be perfect for my first bento project to work myself up to!
(I don’t usually have time, you see..)


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