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Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi

March 7, 2011

in bento,video games

I’ve always wanted to make Okami themed food, and since Okamiden‘s release date is only a week away (March 15), I thought it’s the best time for it.

Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi


Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi
Created and eaten on: 3/4/2011

Okamiden is a DS game which is a sequel to the PS2 game Okami. It’s an action adventure game with a unique art style no other game has . All the characters and side stories in the game are based on several stories of Japanese folklore, and the main character Amaterasu (a white sacred wolf) fights with yokai (Japanese monsters) to bring peace back to the world.

The first game Okami was AWESOME. In the sequel, Okamiden, Amaterasu is comes back in a painfully adorable chibi form! (a.k.a. Chibi-terasu)

Okamiden!!!!

My most favorite DS game so far <3

As you can see, there’s a lot of food in this project, but actually I was able to prepare most of it the night before. I cooked & made shrimp, egg sheet, carrot flowers, crab meat, renkon (lotus root) and seaweed. I also sliced radish and put vinegar and sugar in a jar to make sweet and sour pickled radish. (See “how to make sweet and sour pickled radish“) The light pink from on the radish is from radish’s skin so there’s no artificial coloring!

Sweet n sour pickled radish

This is several hours after I put all the ingredients in a jar.

But the most time consuming part was the seaweed. I’ve cut out seaweed for Shadow of the Colossus grilled cheese sandwich and Professor Layton bento before, but this was far more difficult than the other projects. I traced the drawing on parchment paper, put it on a sheet of seaweed and cut it very carefully with an exacto knife.

Tracing chibi-terasu

The lines were very narrow, so I had to separate each section.

The next day, I mixed rice with gomoku-sushi mix in a hangiri (a round, flat-bottom wooden tub). Hangiri is the best kind of mixing bowl for sushi rice because it’s very shallow so it’s easier to mix the rice without crushing the grains and the tub absorbs extra moisture as you mix. (If you plan on using a hangiri, make sure you wet the inside of the tub before you put rice in.)

I put shrimp and snowpeas on the rice, put crab meat as the two suns and put some renkon.

Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi

I LOVE shrimp!

Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi

I peeled the surface of crab meat then cut it into a circle to make the suns.

To make the big cherry blossom tree I cut skins for inari sushi, and cut the slices of pickled radish into a cherry blossom pedal shape.

Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi

I LOVE inari!

Then I cooked one side of the sheet of hanpen on a pan, and cut it into the shape of Chibi-terasu. Hanpen is made with ground white fish and it’s very soft and spongy. Hanpen is widely used among kyaraben makers in Japan because it’s very easy to cut and easy for kids to eat (you can’t choke on it!). Although it’s made with ground fish, it doesn’t taste like fish and it has a slight sweet flavor, so kids love it.

I sliced broccoli stems to make the reflector (a weapon) on Chibi-terasu’s back. And I peeled the skin of a red pepper, and cut into the shape of flame on his back and the red face paint.

Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi

The seaweed held up a lot better than I thought it would.

Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi

*yawn*

Then I sprinkled sakura denbu (ground seasoned sweet codfish) and ikura (salmon roe) around the cherry blossom tree and I used shiso fukikake for the shade for the cherry blossom.  The shiso furikake which was supposed to be the darker shade of pink looked almost black, so I quickly put a slice of renkon over it to cover the part. :P

Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi

This is BEFORE I covered up the darker shade of pink with renkon.

Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi

And this is AFTER I covered it up. Can you tell the difference?

Lastly, while holding my breath I CAREFULLY put seaweed on chibi-terasu with tweezers… and I wad done!

Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi

Kyaraben makers' common sense: No breathing while you're putting a tiny piece of seaweed on food with tweezers.

Then I looked at the entire thing.

Non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi

… …

… … … :S

It was WAAAAAY too busy. The sakura denbu was hard to identify as part of the cherry blossom tree because there was no outline. I should’ve cut the outline for the tree… but it was just too late.

I wanted to make something super special for my favorite game, but I was just too ambitious. :/

But hey, what can you do? It’s made with all my favorite food anyway! We ate some of it that night, but decided to save Chibi-terasu for the next day. Good thing about gomoku-sushi is that it doesn’t have to be served hot. I made sushi rolls with the rest of the food next day and it was delicious!

okamiden sushi roll

Photo taken with my cellphone

All regrets and disappointments aside, I did like how chibi-terasu came out. I’ve never used hanpen before, but it is very easy to handle and since you can get a bigger white surface area than kamaboko (fish cake), it’s very useful. It’s already cooked and also can be kept in the freezer so it comes in very handy.

Anyway, for those who have read my blog posts about my trip to Japan might remember it, but I didn’t want to wait for the U.S. release because I bought the Japanese version of Okamiden as soon as it came out in Japan. I beat the game and was very satisfied and sad that it ended… So, soon after I beat it I started playing it again. (I don’t want to spoil it but it’s kind of interesting the second time around.) In short, I LOVED it! I’ll make sure to remind you before the release date.

This totally isn’t the end of my Okamiden fever. ;)

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

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CharlotteNo Gravatar March 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

The fine detailing with the seaweed totally paid off! At first glance, I thought you had painted the lines on with food coloring lol. Can’t wait for Okamiden and your next project :)

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NikkiNo Gravatar March 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Amazing! You are so creative! :)

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SamNo Gravatar March 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Wow! So beautiful! I actually really like all the details in the background with the pink and stuff…I think it brings out and puts a lot of focus on chibi-terasu while providing a really pretty and painterly background.

I will have to get Okamiden! I haven’t been playing my DS since I beat Professor Layton and the Unwound Future O.o So long ago!

Love the new site too! Its really pretty!

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Cooking GalleryNo Gravatar March 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

This looks so beautiful…!! I love the bright colours…:D)!!

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karaimameNo Gravatar March 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm

One word: perfection!

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CherylNo Gravatar March 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm

It’s a little busy, but it is beautiful! I can’t believe how much detail there is! If I’d ever made something like that, I’d be too busy admiring it to eat it :)

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boboNo Gravatar March 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

awesome bento.. you are such a good artist.. you have paint a pretty picture in your bento.
I love the cherry blossom tree in your bento.. so artistic.. and its too pretty to be eaten.
you can just frame it up..haha..
cant wait for your next bento..

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LeonaNo Gravatar March 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! It looks WONDERFUL and TASTY!!!!!!
Can you make me some, please? LOL

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greenNo Gravatar March 9, 2011 at 3:16 am

Ahhh this is so cute and amazing! How long did it take? I don’t have much patience.

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CarolynNo Gravatar March 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I love you! and Okamiden! and Okami! And bentos!!!!!!! gyahhhh

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anonNo Gravatar March 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm

beyond amazing ;_;
you’re so good!

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NickNo Gravatar March 14, 2011 at 9:36 am

Wonderful job!! I thought it looked amazing! I might have to try Okamiden now. I just beat Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective yesterday and that is now my favorite DS game. I think you would love the cast of characters and the story. Check it out if you get a chance. Oh, and very fun gameplay!!

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SkyblueNo Gravatar May 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

It’s so beautiful! The cuteness of both chibiterasu forms puts me in danger of a cuteness heart attack!

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