Anime Bento Box

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


  • 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


  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!