Monday, 21 March 2011

One Little Monkey in a Bento Box



Does it look like a monkey? My husband couldn't guess that it's a monkey :(.

This bento was rather quick to make, I suppose it's because I didn't try to make too much food like previously. I know I somehow always made 'picnic bento' in the past ;). I took some pictures of the monkey before it was formed, and I hope this would help people who want to recreate this character at home. You don't need fancy bento accessories at all, here are what I used:

  • Brown rice (or white rice browned with soy sauce)
  • Cheese, I used Gouda
  • Roasted seaweed (nori)
  • Ham
  • Toothpick
  • Decorating tip
  • Drinking straw
  • Plastic wrap
  • Kitchen knife
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Your hands :)




I used a toothpick to outline the face of the monkey, before cutting it out with a kitchen knife. Use the bottom part of the decorating tip to make two small circles from the cheese and nori. These would later be used for the eyes (You don't actually need to make two cheese circles, the nori circles are enough for the eyes, I just wanted the eyes to pop out more). The nose holes are made out of nori. I cut these out manually, the same with the mouth. I used the drinking straw to cut out the mini pink cheeks.




Then I formed the rice using plastic wrap, before topping it up with the 'face accessories'. Don't forget to make two smaller rice balls for the ears - not pictured here, unfortunately... I was in a hurry!

I you look at the finished monkey rice balls one more time, you'll notice that in the end I decided to add more 'face accessories'. I added mini cheese circles to the eyes to brighten them up (I used my drinking straw to cut them out) and two bigger pink cheeks which I cut out using my decorating tip. The inner pink parts of the ears are cut out using the bottom part of the decorating tip again.



Filling: slices of mandarin, hard-boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, blackberries, broccoli, grapes, edamame (boiled soy beans), green beans/ham rolls, German 'Frikadelle'/meat patties, monkey rice balls, potato salad, green tea mochi and two chocolate truffles.



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46 comments:

  1. It's amazing how you can create so beautiful thing using food,i am very impressed:)

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  2. very cute! i think it looks like a monkey. thanks for the tips on how you created this. your bentos never cease to amaze me.

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  3. looks really amazing! so yummy and cute xD

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  4. looks awesome and cute..

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  5. This is so cute! Really great!!
    The idea with the toothpick is great, too. Thanks for the tip :D

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  6. That is a very sweeeet lunch box! with two chocolate truffles. Your husband are pampered!!!
    I really Like the shape of your 'box':-)

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  7. I can tell it is a monkey! gosh, u hv patience putting them together. I love the bento box as well-and how u manage to think of such a idea to pair it up! amazing.

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  8. I can see the monkey! but if without the brown rice, the yellow face is more like my fav froggy - Keroppi =) very nice bento!!

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  9. I am always so amazed by what you do! And YES I 100% SEE the monkey!!!!

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  10. gorgeous and very festive...ah...maybe try to make the ears a little smaller and put them on the sides of the head?

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  11. Where do you get all your ideas from CG?! looks like you have everythign covered in this box - from fruits and mochi to chocolate! thats what i call fun in a box haha ;)

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  12. oh my CG! these bentos are too cute to be eaten!

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  13. Wow thanks for the step guide on how to make the cute face! This is totally your spcialty :) You do such a great job each time!

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  14. CG, they are so cutee! and they do look like monkey.. :)

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  15. it looks a monkey to me :)
    cute monkey for sure

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  16. looks very much like a monkey to me. :) cute!!

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  17. Hehe ok as much as I love them all, this is my favourite because that face is just too adorable! :D

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  18. Cutie Monkey... I want the green tea mochi, I want it I want it :D

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  19. It still look like a lot of food to me! hehehee

    It looks like a monkey and the face do have the look of a froggy... hehehehe But whatever it is, it still look very cute! hehehe

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  20. this adorable to the max! whoever who eats them must have trouble deciding to eat them or admire them lol

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  21. It certainly looks like one adorable monkey! Another beautiful creation of yours. I'm in awe!

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  22. Really cute! The panda is still in my mind, and now here comes the monkey! You are very good! Looks beautiful!

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  23. Hey CG..it looks like a monkey and keroppi!! If you look at the cheese area only... =) Nice!!

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  24. This is just so cute and cheeky. The little monkey has a really cute face..almost too cute too eat..almost..

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  25. i never get tired looking at your bentos, always looking bright and colourful, did you also make the mochi yourself?

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  26. Wow! You did an amazing job on that monkey. It is so cool! My little guy would totally love to find that in his lunch box!

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  27. This is really cute monkey bento. Love it.

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  28. So cute! It seems so easy like what you described but to get the concept is such a great thought. You are amazing!

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  29. that's a very cute monkey! :)

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  30. I can certainly tell that it is a monkey-A very cute monkey too. Youa re so creative.

    Velva

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  31. he didnt see the monkey!?!?! its so cute, :)

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  32. Très jolie boite et beau singe. Bravo pour cette réalisation.
    See soon.

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  33. JAW DROPPED! ohhhhh myyyyyyy gooooodness!!! That is incredible!

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  34. Kawaii! And the whole bento with lot of foods looks amazing!

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  35. This looks amazing. You keep getting better and better. They are always bright and colorful and I'm sure are delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  36. I thought that is a monkey. You, Lia and Tata are really good on betoing.

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  37. Wooo, very cute. I think my daughter will love it. :)

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  38. I definitley think it looks like a monkey! So cute!! : )

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  39. haha, this reminds me of the nursery rhyme, of the 3 little monkeys jumping on the bed

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  40. So cute and beautiful bento! I

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  41. Hi, thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comment through which I've just discovered your blog-what beautiful creations! Looking forward to following you,
    all the best :)

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