Non-bento #49: Totoro tororo Soba

November 18, 2013

in bento,non bento,studio ghibli

I realized that lately I haven’t made any cute food because I’ve been busy making stuffed stuff for charities and gifts.

Originally I was looking for a recipe for Soba noodles because I wanted to try something different, but then when I saw someone made this, I knew I had to try it.

Non-bento #49: Totoro tororo Soba

Non-bento #49: Totoro tororo soba
created and eaten: 11/16/2013

I live very close to work so I often cook noodles at home for lunch. Ramen, Somen (very thin noodles made from wheat flour), Udon (very thick noodles, made from wheat flour) and Soba. (thin noodles made from buckwheat flour) All of them are very easy to prepare and pretty healthy. Eating leftovers is nice and easy too but nothing beats freshly prepared food!

Non-bento #49: Totoro tororo Soba

All I needed was Soba, scallions, seaweed and Nagaimo. (Dioscorea opposita) Nagaimo is a kind of yam that is used in many Japanese dishes and can be eaten raw. It’s crunchy but the surface of it is extremely slimy (almost snot-like!) You can slice and eat it and it’s often grated and eaten with noodles. Grated Nagaimo is called, guess what, “tororo“!

I cooked Soba noodles as usual, and shaped them like Totoro. I put less noodles for the stomach part to make a pocket, so I could pour grated Nagaimo it in. I made the eyes and nose with sliced Nagaimo.

Non-bento #49: Totoro tororo Soba

I put scallions around Totoro’s body, and afterwards put seaweed for the stomach, eyes, nose, and whiskers.

Non-bento #49: Totoro tororo Soba

Some people might not like the texture of tororo but I love it. When mixed with noodles, it kind of bonds the noodles together and it’s so slimy that it makes it easy to eat. Besides, it’s Totoro with tororo! It’s just so much fun to say it.

Non-bento #49: Totoro tororo Soba

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

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JanieNo Gravatar November 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Super cute totoro soba. I hope you can have a tutorial for this bento ^^ Thank you very much.


Jen @ Tiny Urban KitchenNo Gravatar November 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Whoa, what a coincidence!! I was inspired by the same person and ended up making the same Totoro one day after you did (I made it Nov 17th) and posted on it the same day you did (which happened to be my birthday).

Sooooo weird.

I was originally inspired to make all sorts of Totoro stuff starting a couple years ago mostly from your blog. Thanks for posting. Ha ha, great minds think alike?


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Julian GerdesNo Gravatar October 5, 2016 at 2:45 am

Hello Anna, hope this comment finds you well!

I want to start off by saying that I love your work, and this piece especially just makes me smile. Both Totoro and soba noodles have a special place in my heart. I work for a writing platform called, and we’re currently working on publishing our first online fanzine which is all about food, and how we celebrate it through different mediums. When we publish the fanzine, we’d like to have different cover images displayed for each article (which are already written). I wanted to ask you permission to use one of your images for an article that is all about food fan art! It would mean a lot to us if you’d grant us this permission, naturally we would give you credit and link back to your site, FB page or anywhere you like. If you’d like to ask me any questions or know more about the project, my email address is

Hope to hear a positive response from you soon, thank you for your time!


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