Sunday, 27 February 2011

Three Little Pigs Bento



I made another bento today...:). I guess, it's really good that I bought a bento box, because it really has motivated me to make some bento. But I don't think that I would have the time to make bento every day, because it's quite time consuming, especially because I absolutely still have no bento accessories. I used a cookie cutter to make the cucumber flowers and a metal decorating tip to make the holes for the piggies' snouts. The eyes I had to cut out myself because I don't have any nori punchers... I really need to do some bento-accessories shopping to make my life easier...;).



The box at the back is filled with 'Crunchy pork balls' with Japanese-style dipping sauce, tamagoyaki with green onions, cucumber flowers, cherry tomatoes and orange slices. The front box is filled with 3 piggy-onigiri, lettuce, orange slices, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, banana, tamagoyaki, kiwi and sliced carrots.

Crunchy Pork Balls

Ingredients (adaped from Maangchi's Yangnyeom Tongdak)
  • 1 kilogram pork fillet, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup potato starch powder (I used tapioca flour)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup glutinous flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • Oil for frying the pork
  • Chopped green onions for garnish
Japanese Style Dipping Sauce
I was wondering what kind of sauce would go together well with the crunchy pork balls, and I thought about Tempura dipping sauce. I added some chopped green onions, minced ginger and toasted sesame seed to add some extra crunch and aroma.
  • 200 ml dashi stock (I used dashi instant powder to make this)
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
You can also use Tonkatsu sauce or mayonnaise. They would go perfectly well together with the crunchy pork balls...!

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36 comments:

  1. Que precioso y el colorido es maravilloso.

    Saludos

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  2. Hi, recipe curious, beautiful pictures .. greetings MARIMI

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  3. I am in awe. This is the cutest thing I've seen in a long while. It really looks amazing. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  4. Awesome bento box love it.

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  5. Oh, my, those are adorable! They also sound delicious.

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  6. I have passed this on to many friends. I love it. You rock.

    Plan B

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  7. Aww they remind me of your little piggy buns which I also loved! Brilliant work CG! :D

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  8. OH my.I think you can sell this bento set @ $50!!! And I'm sure there will be takers!

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  9. That looks amazing! I would love to eat a bento like this!! The pigs are sooo cute<3

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  10. Wow...looks cute and fabulous...thy also sound delicious...

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  11. WOW dear Cooling these little pigs look really cute!!! I love them! gloria

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  12. What a cute looking bento box. Three little pigs look so well made. Can't stop looking at it.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  13. I am grinning ear to ear looking at your ADORABLE creations! Oh, wow. I think this is the best bento yet. Then again, I loved the last 100+ ones too! :)

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  14. This is so cute! Your adorable pigs are making me want to run out a buy a bento box!

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  15. OMG, buta-chan kawaii!! you`re good!

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  16. OMG, this is the cutest bento box I'm seen. So pretty and yummy! :) BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment. Truly apprecite it and hope to see you back again soon.

    Amy
    http://utry.it

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  17. very cuteee!
    i lovee making bentos myself,
    your piggies are so adorableee (:

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  18. ngaww....this is so cute! I've been meaning to make bento for ages...... but have never gotten around to it :( there's so many different things to make *sigh* but yours looks so good- I wouldn't mind taking it to school :P

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  19. This is just adorable! I've forwarded the link to my friend who is off to Japan for a year. I don't think she'll get obento this pretty though.

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  20. Ciao,

    I am here for the first time, what a lovely blog, I also love bento and Japanese food (my favourite food after Italian), from today I am following you :-).

    See you soon

    ciao
    Alessandra

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  21. ya ampun perfect combination colors
    boleh g post di twitter yah Sin ?

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  22. @ Everyone - Thank you for your lovey comments...!! Highly appreciated. I will try to make more bentos in the future, it's really funs ;)!

    @ Veny - Tentu boleh, Ven. Jadi gr nih, hehehe ;).

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  23. fantastic bento box...just love it..:D
    Tasty appetite

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  24. this is a work of art CG :) im such a huge bento fan!
    if this is my lunch box, I think I'd shed a few tears over it haha...so beautiful to look at!

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  25. cute cretive site
    sauce sounds delicious

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  26. oh, I made silimar rice pigs some time ago and it was so fun and delicious. Your blog is absolutely divine - looking and I`d like to try all this stuff :) when I look at your pics I`m smiling because it`s full of freshness and cuteness which I really love.

    Have a great time,
    Paula

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  27. Oh my! Your bento box looks absolutely delightful!. Wow! How can you not enjoy a good lunch when it is made with this much love and effort- Beautiful.

    Velva

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  28. This is so CUTE! Love the 3 little PIGS! I'd eat anything on this bento, vegetables included :P

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  29. So amazing, full of rich fresh flavors and adorable details...you've created so many smiles with this wonderful bento, CG! Have fun collecting more bento items, its a wonderful addiction :D

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  30. oh i love your piggy...it's so cute!!! I've not tried any rice yet cos normally I'm working and normally I'll prepare simple breakfast for my little ones, and she can't eat that much..hahaha :)

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  31. So pretty and appetizing!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  32. Love the piggies... so far I find them the easiest rice balls character to make .

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