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Hello Kitty Bento (326)

I’ve been told by my cousin’s husband’s aunty who reads my blog that she can’t find bento boxes in Hilo. Well! I must respectfully beg to differ. We went to eat saimin at Nori’s before Baby Girl and I hopped back onto the plane and next door to the restaurant was a store called Nori’s Omiyage Store. I walked in and there were two bento boxes right there. One was a bamboo steamer (okay, not technically a bento box, but like that’s going to stop me) and the other was a Hello Kitty head box.

I’m actually kinda cheating when I say this because you can technically get bento boxes at any Sanrio store. I was at a hotel in LA and went to the gift shop to buy sunglasses and found a bento box in their Sanrio merchandise. I went to a florist in Mililani and in their Sanrio section, I found some bento boxes. The shaped ones are usually pretty cheap, but I was never really into them so I only have this one.

To use my new box, I made a Hello Kitty themed bento and in it I have a product review as well! Woo!

The box looks like this:

It took me longer than expected to make this because my sketch was actually counting on a larger box than I remembered. I had to improvise and as a result this took me about 40 minutes to do. Waaaay too long!

For starters, I made two onigiri wrapped in the Hello Kitty onigiri wrappers from J-List, which is the product I’m reviewing today. I did encounter a problem, but it was totally my fault. I used too much rice and had to keep taking it out to re-size and then wrap again. The wrappers come with 18 in a pack with six of each color (blue, orange, pink). Included in the package are matching stickers that say “Happy Lunch Time” on them for “tying” up the wrappers at the top. Since I had to re-open one, the sticker lost it’s stickiness and I had to put a small piece of tape in the back. On the wrapper is a dotted circle which is basically the landing pad for your onigiri. It’s meant for small onigiri, so it’s great for kids or dieters looking to keep rice consumption at a minimum. Anyway, I ended up putting the orange one in the fridge for tomorrow because it just didn’t fit in this little box. J-List only has three left in stock, so better grab them up!

My bentorials are back and this time with better lighting! First, I used the last of my organic green leaf lettuce that I bought from Nijiya Market. I made some Kani & Pea Scrambled Eggs, which is something I saw forever ago on Kitchen Cow and just adored. I added a little bit to a butterfly silicone cup and added that into the box along with a pork hash patty cut in half. Grandma J made these last night and I think she said she just globbed oyster sauce into the meat and then fried them as patties. They taste even awesomer than they did before.

Next, the wrapped onigiri went in. I salted it pretty heavily since it was just plain white rice. I ate the parts I had to take out while sizing it and oh man, I had forgotten how good perfectly salted white rice tastes. Mmmm! Next I put in a cherry tomato, then added potato scraps in between that and the egg. On top of the scraps I put a Hello Kitty shaped potato slice. I made them using the Hello Kitty vegetable cutters, also available on J-List. When I first saw that thing last year, it was just one of those bento items that made me feel like life was incomplete without it. I really should take it to Grandma J’s house to freak out my niece. She’d go ballistic over them, even though I think she doesn’t even like sweet potato.

To fill spaces, I cut two sugar snap peas in half diagonally and tucked them in. In the last step, I added tangerine slices (bottoms cut off for height) and then did some embellishing with parsley and tiny carrot stars.

All done! Oh, I ripped a yellow sushi grass in half to stick under and next to the tangerine slices so that there wouldn’t be cross juicing. I wonder how fast it would be for me to make one of my already-designed bentos again later… I really should test that out and see how quick I can be with all the thinking out of the way.

Yesterday, my badass, awesome brother flew home from Hilo and brought me Y’s Lunch Shop food!!! I had myself a spam musubi, fish, fried chicken, potato fritters, and Okinawan donut. Mmmm! I forgot it at Grandma J’s, so it’ll probably be in tomorrow’s bento or eaten in a frenzy tonight.

Actually, I shall test it on the kids. If they don’t eat the fish and love it, I will have to disown them immediately.

I’ve finally regained interest in American Idol now that the finals are here. Last night was really good and Simon Cowell announced that there would be a new twist tonight. Just to say now, I think the twist will be that the judges get to save one of the bottom three, but without knowing who has the lowest amount of votes. That should make things reaaally interesting.

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  • http://vampyra1.livejournal.com vampyra1

    omg that hk onigiri wrapper is too cute@!!!! i have the hk head bento box… is that enough food for you? i use mine as a sidecar to hold fruit!!!

  • http://www.adventuresinbentomaking.com Pikko

    Well, I’m trying to lose weight again, so I eat this and bring a lot of baby carrots, fruits and yogurt. Now if my damn co-workers would just stop bringing in cakes and cookies and nuts, maybe I’d do better! >.<

  • http://crazedveggie.com CrazedVeggie

    So cute! Love the HK potato!

  • Coppeliad

    ^_^ Nice Bento tutorial. I wish I could get purple potatoes more often…

    I was wondering about the furikake drawing… when are you planning on sending out the prizes?

  • http://www.adventuresinbentomaking.com Pikko

    I have the stuff in my car, so I’m hoping to send it out today or tomorrow. I can’t seem to find the 20 packets of furikake, so I have to go buy another one today. *slaps forehead*

  • Coppeliad

    Ok. I wasn’t sure what was going on there because I was never asked for an address or anything :P

  • http://www.screaminmama.com Screamin’ Mama

    I love all things Hello Kitty!! Great job!

  • http://mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com/ Lettie

    Just found your blog today through Moms Like Me. I was watching a video clip on YouTube and several links later, found my way to you. You know that goes. Anyway, I just had to tell you how impressed I am with your blog and your bentos. Too cute for words!
    Aloha!

  • http://www.adventuresinbentomaking.com Pikko

    Hey Lettie! Thanks for the nice comment, I’m glad you like what you see and hope you keep coming back. :D

  • http://www.herecomesthefood.com.au FFichiban

    Oooh hee hee thats so cute ^^! Mmm and tasty too!

  • http://scienceforfood.blogspot.com Mimi

    I love it as usual. Did you enjoy the wrapper in the end?

  • http://www.adventuresinbentomaking.com Pikko

    Yeah, I thought the wrapper was really cute, but the frugal in me wanted to wash it and re-use it….. LOL

  • lild

    Gah I adore HK stuff! Bought my kumquats and put em in my bento…yumm…thanks for the inspiration.

  • Jennifer

    Ya know, I don’t think I’ve been to Y’s in…years. My mom usually goes to Kawamoto’s or Hilo Lunch. Maybe I should tell my friends we need to swing downtown over Spring Break.
    It actually is pretty hard to find bento boxes in Hilo. Well, cheap ones anyway. But that’s why I like having an aunty in Honolulu that doesn’t mind taking me or my mom to Marukai whenever we visit. LoL. But I found these little plastic bento containers with covers at Hopaco for like 99 cents a few weeks ago so I bought those until my parents go to Honolulu at the end of the month. At least if I lose them or I forget the containers at work or something, it’s not hard to replace.

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