I can’t believe it’s already December! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I’d post what I did for Thanksgiving later, but I think I’ll post a kyaraben I made the other day first since I blogged recently.
Bento #68: MGS4
Created and eaten on: 12/4/2009
As you may have noticed, I haven’t been making that many kyaraben recently, and not much kyaraben-ing can mean a couple of things. It’s usually either I’m making something, like plushes and birthday presents, or I’m watching my boyfriend play video games. I LOVE watching him play video games, especially the ones with a good story and many cut scenes (animation scenes). I’m just too lazy to play it by myself.
Anyway, BestBuy had some good deal with video games a while ago so my boyfriend got bunch of games and one of them was “Metal Gear Solid 4.” The game series has been around since 1998 and famous for its crazy over-the-top plot. It’d take several long paragraphs if I tried to describe the story, and yet it still wouldn’t help explaining this bento, so if you’re interested in the game, go wiki it!
I enjoyed watching MGS4 a LOT. Each cut scene is very long, so it’s almost like watching a theatrical anime film. I watched almost the entire game (about 12 hours in a couple sittings), and it was so good that I even felt sad when he beat the game. The graphics are so beautiful, the music is very well composed, and the story has a great mixture of seriousness and silliness, or sometimes both at the same time.
Watching him play really made me want to make a MGS bento, but everything in the game looks so realistic… except the cooking timer. In MGS4, there is a character who makes sunny side up eggs, and she has this adorable duck-shaped cooking timer (called Ga-Ko), so I decided to make the duck and sunny side eggs.
After I put lettuce and sauteed renkon in the bento, I took the yolk out of hard boiled eggs, and mixed it with rice to make it yellow. I then wrapped the rice with plastic wrap, made two balls and put them together. Then I made the wing and leg parts with the left over rice. The beak, eyes, feet and timer part on the stomach I cut out of cheese. (I realize that Ga-Ko had a needle after I made this bento…)
For the sunny side up eggs, I mixed rice with black sesame seed, wrapped it with plastic wrap, and made it into a flat cylinder. I cooked quail eggs sunny side up. When I dropped the second egg, it started to slide away from the first egg, so I quickly put the egg mold (metal loop thingy) over the eggs to keep them together.
For the meat, I wrapped five small asparagus and carrot on the center with bacon, skewered it with a toothpick and cooked it. After it was cooked, I cut it like a sushi roll. (Bacon shrinks and wraps tighter when cooked, so you can take the toothpick out and it won’t come undone.) I put them in the bento, and filled empty spaces with cooked broccoli and grape tomatoes.
I didn’t think the bacon flowers were enough, so I put frozen homemade meat balls I had made before. Originally, I wanted to make them into the “Dwarf Gekko,” a ball-like robot with three arms from MGS4. But I was out of time, and couldn’t put the arms on. Without its arms, it was impossible to recognize it as a Dwarf Gekko, and I was so unhappy with this. T_T But I did my best making ” ! ” (when enemies spot you, they’ll have a ” ! ” on top of their head) and put them over their heads.
When everything was done, I cut seaweed for the duck’s pupils, the line on the beak, and the lines on the timer.
This was probably one of the most obscure bento I’ve ever made. My boyfriend got it (except the Dwarf Gekko), so that’s all it matters, but I wonder how many people would actually recognize this… except my friend at work. He got obsessed with MGS recently, and he’s watched ALL the cut scenes from MGS series on youtube, so he recognized it even though he’s never played MGS4.
I’ve never mentioned this in my blog before but my boyfriend is an amazing impersonator. He can do Simpson characters, characters from TV shows, our friends, etc… But after playing MGS4, Old Snake (the main character) was added to his list. He can sound EXACTLY like Old Snake!! How cool is that?? Everything sounds 10 times funnier in Old Snake’s voice. Hideo Kojima (the creator of MGS) says this is the last MGS, but who knows… One can only hope…
Duck timer (Ga-Ko):
- rice mixed with hard boiled egg yolk
- cheese, seaweed
Sunny side up eggs:
- quail eggs
- rice mixed with black sesame seed
Dwarf Gekko (wanna-be):
- carrot for ” ! ”
- asparagus & carrot wrapped with bacon
- grape tomato