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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  1. Que precioso y el colorido es maravilloso.


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

  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

  4. Awesome bento box love it.

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

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

    Plan B

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Hamaree Rasoi

  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! :)

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

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

  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.


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

  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

  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.

  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


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

  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 ;).

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

  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 beautiful to look at!

  25. cute cretive site
    sauce sounds delicious

  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,

  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.


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

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

  30. oh i love your'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 :)

  31. So pretty and appetizing!



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


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