Have you ever heard of Cheburashka? I had not, until one reader from France, Elo', commented under my Dragon Rilakkuma bento: "Do you know "tcheburacha" (Чебурашка)? It's the phonetic name of a famous Russian character, he's really loved by children, I thought it could be an inspiration for a charaben, with his big ears and his sad face." I googled the character and found some pictures from the net, including the background story from Wikipedia.
I thought he looked quite adorable and not too complicated to make, so I'd promised Elo' to make the Cheburashka bento in the near future - I know it's been quite some time now, but I hope you like this Cheburashka bento, Elo' :)!
In the beginning I wanted to make him from meat patties, but today I just didn't feel like eating meat patties, so I decided to make the character from rice mixed with spicy pork soboro (Soboro simply means seasoned finely chopped meat, egg, fish or vegetables, etc, usually used as toppings for steamed rice) and the facial features from cheese and nori.
Spicy Pork Soboro
- 250 grams ground pork
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon sake (or cooking wine)
- 2 tablespoons hot bean paste
- 1 tablespoon Szechuan chili paste
- 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
- A pinch of sugar
- Heat your skillet and add 1 tablespoon cooking oil.
- Toss in the ground pork and cook until the meat is slightly brown.
- Add sake, hot bean paste, Szechuan chili paste, soy sauce and sugar.
- Stir-fry the meat for a few minutes until it's completely cooked.
With a slice of deli-meat you can make 2 flowers.
- You need: a slice of deli meat and a kitchen knife.
- Cut the deli meat in half.
- Cut lines in the middle of the deli-meat, but not all the way.
- Fold the deli meat in half.
- Roll it up!
- Keep rolling!
- And voilà - you get one deli meat flower :).
Winners, you'll be contacted shortly, you'll have to provide me with your address so that CasaBento can send you the prize :).