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Tamagoyaki Chicks Bento

I had heard yesterday that Survivor was going to be epic and boy did it deliver as advertised! Last season, I started off as a Russell hater but as he slowly became one of the best players I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching, that hate turned into wicked admiration. I could not wait for a showdown between The King and Rob Mariano and I finally got what I wanted. I’ve applied for Survivor a couple of times, but never did get a call. I meant to apply for seasons 21 and 22, but forgot to make my video before the deadline.

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I only cooked one cup of quinoa yesterday, but it turned out to be an insane amount of food all puffed up and cooked with veggies, so I’m eating more of it today. Still, this barely made a dent in how much I have left, so I might just have to eat this for dinner too. -_-

I wanted to keep with a Spring theme and I remembered that I had this Tamagoyaki Shaper collecting dust. I had never used it and so since there’s a cute chick shape, I figured this might be a good time to try it out. Unfortunately, my tamagoyaki had other ideas.

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I haven’t had egg issues for a while, so I guess I was due for a disappointment anyway. I let the egg cook too long and so the insides look rather layered instead of smooth. The mold was pretty easy to use. You basically just follow the same directions as with an egg mold, but it was hard to gauge how much egg to use. I ended up cooking a two-egg omelet and the top section doesn’t come with a snap to secure it in place, so I wrapped the whole thing in saran wrap and left it to sit for a bit.

Sadly, the top chick lost its tail and I had no other slices that looked better. I used a nori punch for the eyes, but you could probably find a hole puncher at any office supply store such as the Fiskars 1/4″ Hand Punch and it will do the job just as easy. I have a 1/8″ hand punch as well, which I got at a scrapbooking store. It’s great for people who can’t find nori punches! I cut the beaks by hand and simply laid them on top.

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I mentioned we went to Toys R Us the other day. The Hoodlums came along, of course, and they were playing nicely until they came across a cow and rudely tipped her over. Well that mooing beast had something to say about that and she pushed Tonkatsu right back. Tonkatsu fell into Kamaboko and a domino effect ensued. Silly domos. Maybe that’ll teach them not to be so rude!

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  • That bean-shaped bento box is soo cool! Is it mameshiba?
    I need it!
    Every time I see someone use the tamagoyaki shaper I wish I made it more often. Think of all the things you could shape!

  • It’s a Miffy bento box and is sadly sold out from J-List atm. 🙁

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  • Hi there! Just wanted to tell you that I’ve really been enjoying your new series of domo stories. Hilarious, and very cute :).

  • Thanks for commenting silverkeys, I’m glad you like my domos. I love having them! 😀

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  • Those chick shaped tamagoyaki are super adorable, and perfect for a spring bentou! I need to practice my tamagoyaki more, I always mess up when rolling it up in the pan :/

  • Lil’chan

    Wow, those chicks are so cute! I haven’t known that there are some tanmagoyaki shaper available! What a great tool ^-^

  • Courtney

    Aww your chicks turned out way cute!! I really need to try quinoa it looks yummy 🙂 Can you get it at any store, is it near the pasta? lol

  • Becca

    http://epicute.com/2010/03/25/cute-bento-photos-tickled-pink/ Noticed you got featured over on the Epicute website. Thought I’d mention it here in case you didn’t know~

  • LOL I *still* mess mine up as you can see. I can never figure out how to get the egg white to actually get beaten. 🙁

  • I’ve seen a few on eBay. Try searching for “tamagoyaki shaper” and it should come up.

  • Thanks Courtney! I’m not too sure about where it is since I bought mine at Costco, but I’d guess they’d be near the rice, since it’s considered to be more of a grain than a pasta.

  • Oh wow nice, thanks! I didn’t know! 🙂

  • Hi Pikko, talking of J List – Today I found that they have a DOMO banner! I have never seen that banner before anywhere! When I saw it I thought of you and your 3 adopted little tear-aways! :o)

  • I really like the gentle curving lines of that bento, very different even though it’s so subtle. And the chicks are cute of course!

  • Hi Pikko, have you ever moulded tamagoyaki shapes without this tool? I am trying to avoid buying more gadgets. I was wondering if a small cookie cutter would work?

  • Hi Tiffany, sure, a cookie cutter would work with no problems!