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It’s a Moogle Bento, kupo~! (306)

Like any good Vana’diel citizen, I sacrifice for the happiness of my Moogle, especially the one special Moogle who has helped me grow over a thousand plants in Pikko’s little house in Windurst. So without further ado, I present my Moogle tribute!

FFXI Moogle Bento

I put a lot of work into dashimaki tamago for this bento, which I didn’t even end up using. Despite online claims that tamagoyaki takes a quick 5 or 10 minutes to make, this is me we are talking about: Pikko, Destroyer of Eggs.

Seriously, it took me like half an hour to make it. Then after I’d put Moogle into the bento, I cut open the egg log and it was just so pasty looking. It wasn’t what I wanted at all, so I put it back in the fridge for use another day.

I don’t have much of a bentorial today because I forgot to take pictures at certain points, but I’ll post what I have anyway.

First step, add the lettuce to the box. This is the same lettuce I used yesterday for my salad and box lining. I ate it just like I said I would. Let me tell you, this lettuce looks nice, but that’s about all it’s got going for it. I felt like I was eating long overgrown parsley, except without the nice aftertaste.

In step two, I added Moogle’s head, body, and feet. I shaped the head by hand by wrapping it in Saran wrap then I pinched the sides at the bottom for his “whiskers” area. I took little gobs of rice to add on the ears and the nose. I cut some fish sausage out to be his inner ears. The feet and arms were hard to shape, but I finally managed to get them in the general shape I needed.

For the wings, I used Okinawan sweet potato propped up by orange cauliflower. His pouch and strap are made out of inari skin cut with kitchen shears. I secured the pouch to the side by poking a piece of angel hair pasta into it. I cut the little sliver eyes out of nori and boy did I have a hard time with that part. I’d fold the nori over, give it a snip snip and then after I’d applied one eye, I’d somehow drop the other one into a black hole in my kitchen.

In the “last” step, I added three turkey croquette balls. Grandma J had made turkey croquette patties for dinner and I’d been meaning to tell her to reserve me a tiny bit so I could experiment making them into balls. Unfortunately I didn’t catch her in time so instead, I peeled the panko skin off an existing patty to access the mashed potato mixture inside. I formed three balls and dipped them in egg wash, then fine panko before frying in a bit of oil. The three were pretty hard to cram in, but eventually I got them all in. They didn’t come out totally round because I was skimpy on the oil, but they still look a nice golden brown!

FFXI Moogle Bento

Finally I added the embellishments. I wrapped another piece of angel hair pasta with a strip of nori and then wet it to mat it down to the pasta. I cut a circle shaped piece of takuan out and poked the pasta into the bottom, then inserted the thing into the top of Moogle’s head. I added okra, raspberries, and little star carrots around the bento. Finally, I took some tonkatsu sauce and painted his feet, hands, and nose with my finger. To touch up the nose, I used a toothpick as sort of a brush.

moogle

He looks happy enough, so I’m satisfied. I’m also sooo tired. It’s 2:30 AM and I’m off to bed after some linkage around the bentonets.

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  • Erika

    Awesome! This may be biased, but I think this is your best bento yet! 😀 Very nice!

  • Lilo

    Very cute. Though after seeing the raspberries, I thin one of those should have been a nose. Is that the moogle from Final Fantasy 11? Its the one game I haven’t played yet and I haven’t seen that moogle before. I think I prefer the moogles from FF6 & Kingdom Hearts but that one is pretty cute.

  • Nicola

    Awsome! So very cute! My brother commented, “why do you keep looking at that crap?” (yeah, I’ll keels him later), and I said; 1. Cause its amazing to see what she has paitence to do, and 2. Cause I don’t have the time to do it. So thank you for your mostly daily Bentos! Oh yeah, he’s been impressed with some of your bentos, but he’s a boy and you know…

  • Danielle

    It’s so cute! I showed it to my husband (he really likes FF, all numbers) and he was like, “Oh my gosh, it’s a moogle! Made out of rice!”

    I really like reading your blog, you’re always so creative. 🙂

  • My 2yo says “Mmnnn, I love him.”
    Super cute.

  • Blubearypye

    That is so cute!!! I enjoy visiting at your blog and looking forward to what you will create next. Everything is so adorable!

    By the way, I wanted to thank you for posting that tweet a week or so ago on twitter about Marukai’s bento restock! I dropped in today to check them out and wow! they sure have some stuff I’ve never seen there before.

  • jen

    Beautiful

  • LOL this is so awesome! I’m gonna spread this around! I posted this on our site, gave credits to pikko and aibento.net hope you dont mind pikko 🙂

    it’s at: http://www.linkshells.com/blogs/2009/2/13/m5024445/Its_a_Moogle_Bento_kupo!/

  • This reminds me of the bento at Anna the Red’s Bento Factory– she makes all Ghibli and video game bento.

    I love moogles! Good job, kupo!

  • What the heck?!?!?! this is really fantastic. You are so talented. *sigh*

  • Wow! Mogu. I play FF11, too. I used to play on Garuda server as McAlpine. This bento is too cute to eat. I would just place it as a decoration.

  • That’s hilarious Tony, I play on Garuda! 🙂

  • This is an amazing lil creation!! I think it would be awkward to eat my moogle… Cuz I love him, so I would probably make it and use it as a super amazing centerpiece.

  • Eeeee moogle!

    and once again makes me miss FFXI. My poor moogle having to deal with my jumbled, overstuffed mog safe for all those years. Poor guy deserves a bento too.

  • Cloverleaf

    Absolutely adorable!! Though, I am not sure that I could bring myself to actually eat the moogle! Amazing work! 🙂

  • I am a huge Final Fantasy fan, so I love moogles too^^ This bento looks really cute!

  • Vixie

    MOOOGIE!!! This is the cutest moogle ever. I am amazed at your talent! I would love to see more of FFXI inspired bento’s they are all just amazing but this one is my favorite!

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  • Samantha

    I wandered onto your blog because i’m just getting started in bento… and now i’m GEEKING because you play ffxi! My fiance and i both have characters, but he’s FAR more advanced than i. Anyways, I LOVE your site!

  • Welcome to my blog, Samantha! Be sure to check out my mandragora bento, I just did that recently. 🙂