Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Rilakkuma Inari Sushi Bento



I managed to find time to make bento dinner today. Probably you shouldn't believe me when I say that I will not have the time to make bento for the next few days...;). Hope you're not bored to death by my constant bento posts...!

I have seen Rilakkuma inari sushi in a lot of Japanese bento sites and I've been wanting to make it myself for some time. I couldn't though, because I didn't have the deep-fried tofu pouches (inari) which are needed to make inari sushi. However, I had the chance to visit an Asian market on the way home from work today and got myself a can of inari skins. I am actually not a big fan of inari sushi, I tried it once ages ago but didn't like it because I found the inari skins too sweet. I was nevertheless willing to give it another try just for the sake of some Rilakkuma inari sushi ;) - Unfortunately, after a few years I still think it's not my cup of tea, so I only ate the sushi rice and had to put away the tofu skins...

I know that I've made quite some Rilakkuma-themed bentos, I am not crazy about Rilakkuma, but I find him quite adorable and a good (and quite simple) bento model. I think the white-coloured bear is actually called 'Korilakkuma', a smaller female bear and the brown-coloured one 'Rilakkuma'. I have been calling everything 'Rilakkuma' in the past, both brown and white - please excuse my ignorance ;).



The right bento box has got Korilakkuma in a Rilakkuma suit inari sushi and behind her is the real Rilakkuma (I hope this is not too confusing for people who are not familiar with these two Japanese characters ;)). On top of the Rilakkuma inari sushi is another mini Rilakkuma made of quail egg. There are also two pieces of steamed shao mai, lettuce and a few slices of mini corn.

The left box is filled with one mini chicken cordon bleu, one Rilakkuma quail egg, two mini corn/asparagus/deli meat rolls, two slices of tamagoyaki, one ham flower, half a piece of radish, three slices of strawberries and a few pieces of grapes.


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19 comments:

  1. Soooo cute!! My kids are not into Inarizushi (I used to love it when I was kid), but with this decoration, I am 100% sure they will eat it! Great job!

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  2. Cooking is A-DO-RA-BLE is absolutely beauty you know how I admire your art and work LOL!!gloria

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  3. I have enjoyed looking at all the benots you've posted. Just amazing!

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  4. Wow looks sooo cute and very tempting.

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  5. To be honest, I am not much of a big fan of Inari-sushi either, but if I were to be served this bento you made, I would definitely eat everything up in an instant :)

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  6. Me encantó el bento japonés ,que bello se ve todo y delicioso,te felicito y ya sabes que te admiro mucho,mucho,trato de repetir y quedan admirados,eso sí tú los preparas perfectos,cariños y abrazos.

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  7. I could I ever get bored with your beautiful bento, I love them!!!! And i also like inari sushi, one of my favourite, Actually, I am vegetarian and so I take all your suggestion but substitute meat and fish with tofu, veggies, eggs, cheese... Maybe one day you could try to make a vegetarian bento! Please let me know if you do!

    Actually, to make sure that I ma not missing any of your great bentos I will put your link on my blogroll.
    If you like my blog and would like to do the same the link is
    http://alessandrazecchini.blogspot.com/

    ciao
    Alessandra

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  8. Super cute Rila inarari sushi CG! The inari skin is also called aburagee. I've been wanting to get it, but I couldn't. Can I use thin tahu goreng as aburagee? LOL :D

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  9. Wow, this BENTO blog of yours is a feast to anyone's eyes. What a lovely throw of colours and imagination!!

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  10. I am unable to differentiate between Korilakkuma and Rilakkuma too until now :D I blame my ignorance as well XD
    How sweet of them...

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  11. How could anyone possibly get bored with your bento posts??? Even though I don't make bentos for many reasons, I enjoy looking at your cute bears, chickens and other characters. Not to mention the dishes you cook! I must buy inari one day. I am very curious what it tastes like!

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  12. @ Nami - Thank you for your compliment :). I am not into inari sushi because it's too sweet for my palate, but the tofu skins are really great for making bento characters, so there's a dilemma going on here on my side ;).

    @ Gloria - Thank you for always being so supportive :)!

    @ Yummychunklet - Thanks :)!

    @ Divya - Thanks, Divya :)!

    @ Foodisdelish - Minnieh, that's so sweet of you :), you're free to remove the tofu skins if you want, because that's what I did in the end ;).

    @ Rosita - Thank you for always leaving kind commets in my blog :)!

    @ Alessandra - I will try to make a vegetarian bento one day (I'll probably give it to my husband in the end, hehehe ;)). Thank you for adding my blog in your blog list! I think you have a beautiful blog, so of course I'll add your blog to my list too :)

    @ Tata - Thanks, Ta :). Yea, I think I've heard that deep fried tofu pouch is called aburaage in Japan. I should try the aburaage version, because I think it's simply deep fried tofu slices and not soaked in the sugar/soy sauce/mirin mixture, which makes the tofu skins taste quite neutral. I don't think you can use tahu goreng, perhaps only after you remove the white part ???

    @ Purabi Naha - Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment :).

    @ Mommy Yenny - Well, the bears look identical except for the colours, so I don't blame you ;).

    @ Sissi - Thank you for your encouraging comment, Sissi :). One reason why I keep making bento is because of the tremendous support I've received from the people who visit my blog regularly and leave motivating comments :D)!!

    SO thank you everyone! You all ROCK :D)!!!

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  13. See, that's what I'm talking about, your bentos are always colorful and filled with cute details...and this one is no exception!

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  14. hey CG..i really wonder..do u plan your meals ahead? it seems like you have endless ideas and many ingredients!!

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  15. Everything you make is soooo adorable

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  16. How could we get bored of your bento posts? They're always to creative and pretty and cute!! :D I don't really like inari sushi either- the first time I had it, I was really surprised that the tofu skin was sweet!

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  17. kiaaaaa that's so cuuuuute !!

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