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Anime Bento Box

Anime Bento Box

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Throw together this delicious chicken karaage, egg and rice lunch that's almost too adorable to eat.

Recipe

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Anime Bento
Prep:

prep time15Min

Cook:

cooking time13Min

Servings:

serving time2 to 4

Ingredients

  • For karaage (fried chicken):

  • 1 chicken thigh, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon mirin

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger

  • Tempura powder for dusting

  • Frying oil

  • For egg flower:

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon mirin

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • Pinch of salt

  • Cooking oil

  • For octopus sausage:

  • Small Japanese or Korean sausages

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • To assemble:

  • Green lettuce leaf

  • 1 1/4 cups short grain rice, cooked

  • 2 slices ham

  • 1 baby carrot

  • 1 sheet nori

  • 2 hard-boiled quail eggs

  • Black sesame seeds

  • 1 slice American cheese

  • Cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Prepare karaage: In a mixing bowl, combine chicken, soy sauce, mirin and grated ginger. Let it marinate 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Dust chicken with tempura powder, and fry in oil for 5 to 7 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and golden brown outside. Place on a plate lined with paper towels.

  3. Prepare egg flower: In a mixing bowl, whisk egg, mirin, sugar, soy sauce and salt until smooth.

  4. Heat a tamagoyaki pan or small skillet over medium-high heat. Use a paper towel to coat the pan with a thin layer of cooking oil. Pour egg mixture into pan and tilt pan to spread evenly. When egg is mostly cooked, turn off heat, flip the egg and cook the other side for 10 to 15 seconds. Remove from heat.

  5. Cut egg in half lengthwise without piercing all the way through the egg. Fold in half lengthwise. Cut slits 1/4 inch apart in the folded side, stopping about three-quarters of the way across the egg. Roll up egg and secure with a piece of spaghetti.

  6. Prepare octopus sausage: Quarter sausages lengthwise, halfway through sausage. Cut each of the “legs” in half. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat; add cooking oil and fry octopus sausage until they split their legs, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Assemble bento box: Using plastic wrap, shape the rabbit's head, body and hands with cooked white rice.

  8. Make the rabbit's ears and cheeks using sliced ham. Make a bow using sliced carrot. Cut up eyes and mouth using nori.

  9. Place 2 black sesame seeds on each quail egg to make chicks. Cut a small triangle from the American cheese to make a beak and attach to the quail eggs.

  10. Lay a piece of lettuce in the bento box and arrange the rabbit rice balls. Place cherry tomatoes, karaage, egg flower, octopus sausage, and quail egg chicks around the rabbit.

  11. Place eyes, mouth, cheeks, ears and bow tie on rabbit. Enjoy!

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Transcript

- Today I'm going to show you how to turn your favorite food into a kyaraben, which means character bento box. Let's get started. Alright, we are going to marinate our chicken first. So I have one chicken thigh. We are marinading with some soy sauce, and some mirin, seasoned rice wine, and some grated ginger. Now I'm going to marinate my chicken in the refrigerator 10 to 15 minutes. Alright, now we are going to make really tiny, little egg flower. So I'm going to heat up this Japanese tamagoyaki pan, which is Japanese egg omelet pan, super cute, right? Heat it up over medium heat. In my omelet, crack one egg and season with little bit of mirin, and little bit of soy sauce, and some sugar and some salt. Coat my pan with little bit of oil using a paper towel. Pour, now to swirl the pan so the egg will spread evenly. Make sure detach the edges from the pan. Just flip it over and turn off the heat right away. Just cook about five to 10 seconds on the other side. Take it out, cut in half lengthwise. What we gonna do is flip them over like this and then cut it about three quarter way, then we gonna fold it. And then, we gonna secure this egg flower with spaghetti piece. Just like that, how easy was that? I will put right here. Now, egg flower is done, I'm going to make octopus sausage. Add a little bit of olive oil, cut about little more than half way, about two third way into quarter in lengthwise. And then each quarter we are going to cut one more time into halves. Slide into the pan. See, whenever they get start heating up, the leg is spring out. Alright, my flower egg and octopus sausage is ready. I'm going to grab my chicken and fry them up. Alright, let's fry up our chicken. I'm going to add some oil to my pan and add some tempura powder into the chicken. Cook them about three to four minutes, until they are all fully cooked, nice golden brown. So our side dishes are done, the egg, the octopus sausage, the karaage, the fried chicken. So, let's build our bento box, are you ready? And I'm going to just lay down little green leaf, outer of a green leaf. And let's take some plastic wrap to make rice balls to make rabbit. For the body probably need most of the rice, wrap them up and I think it's a good size, so I'm just going to start to shaping it. Perfect. Set aside the body right here and let's make the head. Let's make the hand first. This is so fun to make. Look at that, how cute! Let's make the ears. These need to be too big, because we have a little bit limited size up here. Wrap them, now we are going to make little more longer shape. Take this out, the body in the middle and then head, right top over the body. And the hand, place the ears. Oh my god, they are so cute! Now we are putting the side dishes around. First the flower egg we made earlier, just put it on top. The fried karaage around and then octopus. Cut the little slice lunch ham to create the little pinky part of the rabbit ears. And using your scissor and cut it round the top. This is the bento box tool right here, you have to have it. Without it, it's almost impossible to line up all this little small details. I'm going to grab a seaweed, nori, and using this cool bento box stamp. Okay, place. I think this rabbit are missing a little blush. Put little blush on the rabbit. Aw, how cute. This rabbit, I don't know if it's female, male, but I'm going to put some carrot ribbon on it, 'cause it's a little empty here. Aw! Aw, so cute! Okay, we're going to now do the final decoration because here a little empty. Get a little quail egg, boiled, the hard-boiled quail eggs. Peel them, one quail egg, two quail egg, see how cute they are? We're going to put black sesame seeds. Grab American cheese. Cut it very small, tiny triangles. Tiny cheese beak. Place next the octopus. Since the little over here, a little empty spots, we are going to fill it up with some cherry tomatoes. I'm going to, using my cute toothpicks. And the last touch, using my cherry blossom cutter, just cut it. And just going to place this, just randomly around the bento. Ahh! It's so cute I'm gonna die!

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