Bento #68: MGS4

December 6, 2009

in bento,video games

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

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.

MGS4 bento detail right angle

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…)

MGS4 bento detail

I couldn't even put the number or a needle on the clock face...

MGS4 bento detail

I should just call it "a cute duck with a white plate on its belly."

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.

MGS4 bento detail

Sunny's sunny side up eggs, "Third Sun." The eggs have to be over easy.

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.

MGS4 bento detail

I just added carrot in the center, but it looks a lot cuter than just with asparagus, doesn't it?

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.

MGS4 bento detail


When everything was done, I cut seaweed for the duck’s pupils, the line on the beak, and the lines on the timer.

MGS4 bento detail

This bento made me want to photoshop stuff that I couldn't put on my bento.

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):
- meatballs
- carrot for ” ! ”

- asparagus & carrot wrapped with bacon

Other food:
- broccoli
- grape tomato

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

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AmaarisNo Gravatar December 8, 2009 at 1:17 am

Awww…Anna, this is so great. I always wanted to do a MGS4 Charaben like this. Ga-Ko is just awesome! Now i am hungry a wondering what it tasted like ;)


ZoéNo Gravatar December 8, 2009 at 3:57 am

It is so cuute!


Domo KunNo Gravatar December 8, 2009 at 7:19 am

that looks amazing!!


ScottNo Gravatar December 8, 2009 at 1:06 pm

You love to watch your bf play video games?!?
Does he have any idea how lucky his is?

My wife hates (HATES) video games which makes it hard to enjoy playing them :-(


HeidiNo Gravatar December 9, 2009 at 12:57 am

I like to watch my husband play video games too. I think my favorite to watch are the Zelda and Final Fantasy series. Right now he’s playing Lego Indiana Jones. His sweet daughters got it for him for his birthday.

I will admit that I have no clue about your bento subject matter. As always though, it looks really nice. :)


PhyllisNo Gravatar December 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm

That’s so funny because I like watch my husband play vidoe games as well but I have no interest in them myself!


MaraNo Gravatar March 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I’m coming in rather late to the game, but I had to say how much I loved this!!! They actually made Ga-ko clocks for sale; my husband bought it for me for a first wedding anniversary gift. I really want to make a Ga-ko bento now! What I love about yours is that it not only looks cute, but tasty. Awesome!


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