Monday, 28 February 2011

Three Little BEARS Bento


Wow, three bentos in a row within three days ;)! I think I have made my husband very happy. The bento today was quite simple to make, except the three little bears, because I had to shape/cut out everything by hand...But I think in the end it's worth it, even though I can't wait for my bento accessories to arrive - imagine how much time I would save slaving away in the kitchen...!

The bears are just normal onigiri (plain white rice) decorated with nori eyes, salami nose and ham cheeks. I also steamed three Prawn and Chives Dumplings and made Korean Hot and Spicy Squid (Ohjinguh bokkeum) for the bento.

I adapted the recipe for the Ohjinguh bokkeum from Maangchi's site. The squid turned out delicious...!

Korean Hot and Spicy Squid - serves 2 - 4 people
  • 1 kilogram squid, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 stalks green onions, cut into strips
  • 2 medium onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 - 2 carrots, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Korean hot pepper paste
  • Toasted sesame seeds
Instructions
  • In a wok, or large cooking skillet, heat oil on high.
  • Add minced garlic and fry until fragrant, about 20 seconds.
  • Toss in carrots and onions. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add squid, soy sauce, hot pepper flakes, hot pepper paste and sugar. Saute for a few minutes until the squid is cooked.
  • Lastly, add green onions. Toss well to combine. Let cook for 1 minute.
  • Sprinkles with toasted sesame seeds.




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36 comments:

  1. Looks yum and wonderful pics .. great presentations...

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  2. OHMY I love bears Bento too Cooking gallery look nice! gloria really cute!!!!

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  3. Hi, thanks for your comment on Bentobloggy.com! I'm following you now. Beautiful bentos!!

    -Emily
    Bentobloggy.com

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  4. Hi CG, This is nice bear bear! I was wondering what I should use for the little cheek & nose and now i've got the idea from you.. the other thing I thought was to use cheese :) ..well I've not started to do any face yet on my food hahaha.. now i'm just using 'raisins' as my kids love it. Oh btw, wanna grab your badge. Can u pls provide the code..thxxxx!!

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  5. OMG!!! So cute!!!If i was a kid i would probably eat the whole meal...

    Kisses,
    Rita

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  6. is 3 your favorite number? haha ^^
    ah, yet another adorable bento!
    i love dropping by your blog, and admiring your work, very colorful & fresh, and you pictures are so bright & vivid!

    which brings me to ask..,
    my pictures always seem to fade when i upload them, and they seem to auto save as jpg.. i was wondering what you do to save yours to retain all the bright vivid colors? your help would def. make my blog-life a hundred times more enjoyable!
    i hope to hear from you soon (:

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  7. All your bentos look so pretty. I can see your effort and heart that you put into each bento.

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  8. @ Fennie - Thanks :)! About the badge, actually you can just copy and paste it. You have to go to blogger, add a gadget and select 'add a picture'. I made it myself, and since my knowledge in IT is very limited, I don't even know how to provide the code for it...*Sorry* (Embarrased ;))!!).

    @ Edible Art - 3 is actually not my favourite number, I've got none. I just happened to make three piggies and bears ;). I am absolutely no expert in photography and my pictures normally turn out quite dark and blurry as well. What I do it, I use 'Picasa' (which you can download for free) to edit your pictures and make them brighter, lighter, etc. I hope this helps:)!

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  9. your blog makes me hungry..im going get fat...

    i love spicy squid!! your looks delicious!

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  10. First time here happy to see so many wonderul cuisines. Loved the jaanese dishes, was looking out for those recipes, Thanks again!
    Happy following you
    http://entepachakalokam.com

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  11. It's so nice... If for me, can't bear to eat it...

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  12. so nice..looks yummy too!

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  13. you're really on a roll with bento! it just gets cuter and cuter! love the pink little cheeks :P

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  14. haha 3 bentos in a row! good on you! and your husband is a very lucky guy!
    those squids look so tasty and flavoursome! hope your bento kit arrives soon to save you time! id love to see what a bento kit consists of! haha

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  15. Beautiful bento! Everything looks so delicious! :)

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  16. so süß, deine Bentos möchte man am liebsten nur anschauen und nicht aufessen^^

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  17. Aww this is just so adorable CG! I don't know which ones I like better. So I think I'd take both please! :D

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  18. Oh my gosh...these bears look SO cute! I'm not too sure whether I want to spoil them but eating them up....poor fellow...haha. Must be Mama Bear, Papa Bear & Baby Bear :D

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  19. very cute! Where is Goldilocks? ;p

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  20. @ Tigerfish - I have to hone my bento making skill first before I can make Goldilocks...;)!

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  21. Were those for one person?? The amount looks a lot to me. But with that super cute looky, I can just eat the whole contents :D

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  22. Stunning! This is to beautiful to eat! You are such an artist :o)

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  23. Oh my goodness! You are always so cute! I won't eat this bento box...because I want to keep it forever! Although I have never met you, I believe you must be a super sweeeeet girl :-)

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  24. This is a great feast to me! The bears are so cute.

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  25. The little bears look so cute...lovely bento :-) Have a great week ahead!

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  26. I would flip if someone made these for me for lunch. This is so cute, beautiful, and delicious looking. Your husband is a very lucky man.

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  27. Very cute bento! I love your 3 bears! Dumplings with stars are very cute too!

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  28. Not only must they have tasted great but your presentation is gorgeous!

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  29. Oh no, your bento look so cute, well done.

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  30. the pigs and the bear bento look so cute and fun too!i think adults dont mind havin this too!i love your dumplings too, have a nice evening!

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  31. mmmh!!! xD I really like squid! and the bears are so cute as well ^^

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  32. @ Arudhi - No, the bento is not just for one person, it's for the two of us...:)! Sometimes when we're not that hungry, we can even eat the bento both for lunch and dinner.

    @ Everyone - Thank you all, you rock...:D!

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