Sunday, 13 November 2011

My 100th Bento - Happy Children Bento



Yay! I finally made my 100th bento :)!! It took AGES to make this, but in the end it was worth it, because I think my 100th bento looks pretty cute and festive.



To be honest, I had no idea what to make for my 100th bento. I really liked Nami's idea (from Just One Cookbook) that I should make all the characters I have made so far into one huge celebratory bento. I would actually even do it if I had the time (and the nerves!), but I think I would die in the process ;). So in the end I resolved to do something much simpler but cute enough - little children in animal suits ;).

The children-shaped rice balls (uupps ;)!!) are dyed with decofuri, except the yellow tiger suit, which I coloured with curry powder. As far as I know decofuri is made with natural ingredients, such as edamame for green, pumpkin for orange, etc. But I am not so sure, please do correct me if I am wrong!

All onigiris are filled with chicken katsu with mayo. Eating plain rice is not very yummy as know. So this bento is absolutely not bland in taste :). The 100 numerals are from carrot and cheese. It could have looked much better if I had numeral cutters...:(.

In the other box, I had some teriyaki drumsticks, tamagoyaki (rolled omelet), three radishes and pan-fried prawn and kimchi fritters. My husband loved the fritters - which unfortunately don't look so visible in the pictures. The recipe is very simple even though I don't have the exact measurements, so the recipe below is just based on my estimation). I am very Asian when I cook, I always use my gut feelings - probably the reason why I never really succeed in baking ;).

Prawn and Kimchi Fritters
  • 100 prawns, chopped
  • 50 grams kimchi, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 100 gram flour
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onions
Directions

Mix all ingredients well. Drop fritter batter by spoonfuls into an oiled pan and fry until both sides of the fritters are golden brown.



I my previous post I mentioned that I wanted to do something special to celebrate my 100th bento. I have given this some thoughts and I came to the conclusion that holding a bento contest would be the most fun (for me ;)). Everybody around the world would be able to participate and since CasaBento has very kindly offered to sponsor this contest, there will be some super nice bento goodies as well for the winners. I have also asked two very talented ladies from the blogsphere, Nami from Just One Cookbook and Lia from Bentolicious, to help me co-host the contest. I am greatly honoured and touched by their willingness to help me doing my first bento contest...!! I will officially announce the bento contest inclusive the details on how to enter in the near future. So please stay tuned :D)!!


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61 comments:

  1. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum hundertsten Bento! Das muss ja eine Wahnsinnsarbeit gewesen sein...

    Liebe Grüße
    Nadja

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  2. Congrats on your 100th bento!! This bento creation definitely looks very special to you and everyone of us. :))

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  3. Congrats on 100th bento! This is utterly adorable!! :) Love all your bentos <3

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  4. OMG, CG, this is too cute!!! Way too cute to be eaten :D I always adore your talent and hardwork in making all the amazing bentos, which are beyond what I could possibly even think of. Anyway, congrats on the 100th bento!! Keep up the joy in your bento making! Also, I`m looking forward to congratulating you on the 200th, 300th, and XXXXth bento :)))

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  5. These are wayy too adorable! OMG, I love the Chicken and Bunny onigiri! They're wayyy too cute to eat, though I can tell they taste absolutely delightful. So cute, great job on this bento :)

    Cheers,

    Wi
    A Single Girl's Musings

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  7. Wow - these are just so amazing!! As the others said, they are too cute to eat. Congrats on your 100th! And I wish you for many more awesome bento posts. You're truly gifted!

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  8. Congratulations on your 100th bento! Those little children are too cute!! You have great patience to create such beautiful characters. I also like it that you colored them using natural food colors.

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  9. Congrats on your 100th Bento! :) They are adorable, just like your site which I have come to love :D

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  10. WOW! This is the most amazing bento! I've pinned it! You should enter this into the Onigiri themed Bento of the Week at Bento Blog Network. It's wonderful! Congrats on #100. It didn't occur to me to count how many I've made. Maybe I should just count the ones I am proud of! LOL!

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  11. I hope you're not allowed to enter your own bento contest because you'd probably win all the prizes :D You must have the patience of a saint - I dread to think what it would look like if I tried to make the same thing :D So cute and adorable. By the way, I get the german flag, but why the other ones (Switzerland etc?) - or am I missing something obvious?

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  12. Congratulations of your 100th obento. Your patience really paid off, it looks so adorable and definitely festive too :)

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  13. congrats on your 100th bento.. and the little kids are so lovely!

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  14. Congratulations on your 100th bento! It is simply gorgeous! You are really talented and creative!

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  15. Congratulations on your 100th Bento!! I just read Charles comment and I'm still laughing explosively (he kills me). This is really extraordinary and creative. Cheerful and inspiring. I would not, in a million years, be able to do this kind of work. Bravo!

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  16. Happy 100th bento!!!! And this one is a beauty! I look forward to the contest :-).

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  17. Happy 100th Bento!! that looks sooooooooo pretty and cute!

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  18. Congratulations on your 100th bento! This is adorable and beautiful. Yes, very festive. Really like to see those happy children faces. That put a smile on mine too. :) Can't wait to find out the details for the bento contest!

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  19. how cute is that purple cap! :)

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  20. Congrats for 100th Bento!
    They all look gorgeous :b

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  21. Congrats! These bento characters are superb! I'm loving it!

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  22. Congrats on 100th post CG! I'm glad you didn't follow my idea - I told you that would probably kill you. LOL. Let's keep that option for your 200th post. ;-) Charles's comment was too funny! Anyway, this bento was perfect to celebrate your 100th post and I love it! All these happy faces are your reader's faces CG!

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  23. Congrats on your 100th bento post CG! :D
    This bento is really suitable for this post bcoz all the kids in animal suits look so cute and happy celebrating together! I'm so looking forward to your bento contest! Congrats again and have a wonderful week!

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  24. OMG! Just knew about this SUPER CUTE bento. Congrats CG for the 100th. Never thought that you can go until this point, super job! You're a real talent in bento making ^^. Semangkaaaaa!!!!

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  25. Congrats on your 100th Bento post! Its awesome!

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  26. I am amazed. This is really wonderful. If I didn't just see this, I'd say it was impossible. Doesn't it break your heart when someone eats these gorgeous boxes? I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  27. Congratulations! You are so talented; I have never see anything quite as lovely and dainty. Thank you for sharing.
    Rita

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  28. Congratulations that is as lovely and more elaborate than your smaller Bentos but looks absolutely ravishing!! Great milestone:)

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  29. CG, what a beautiful, extraordinary birthday bento! Do I see a Swiss flag there??? I almost feel as if I could snatch the yellow onigiri with the Swiss flag ;-) Congratulations for your 100th post! Kimchi fritters are something I intend to do when I finally make my own kimichi ;-)

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  30. congrats on ur 100th post... looks delicious... fabulous recipe..

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  31. congrats on your 100th post! again, this looks too gorgeous to eat!

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  32. congrats on your 100th bento!!! this is fantastic!!!!

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  33. Oh my goodness, what an amazing tour de force!! Congratulations on your 100th bento, and I look forward to hundreds and hundreds more!!

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  34. Congratulations on the 100th Bento!!:)
    I am loving it, I want this so much! It's just too beautiful for me to take a bite;) I am really taken with all your bentos!!

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  35. Congratulations. Awesome bento.

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  36. OMG, the children's faces are so vivid! How do you do it!! This is crazy!

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  37. These are the cutest ones...I know, I know, I say this everytime I see your bentos...
    Hope you are having a wonderful week and congratulations on your 100th bento :-)

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  38. to reach the 100th bento is really something!! this is really so beautiful as always, the faces rae so cute and sweet looking and so cheerful too!

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  39. WOW... I'm only on number 4. LOL!

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  40. Oh my gosh, those are so stinking cute!!!!!! Congrats on your 100th!!!

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  41. I am really, really impressed! This is amazing! It may have been a lot of work but I'm sure you had fun doing it and the outcome - speechless!

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  42. congatulations - 100 is a very impressive annyversary :-). And yet another beautiful bento!
    By the way, I recently discovered a cute little site, Pinterest, where one can keep track and share nice stuff found online, and I am adding your blog to my favorite Food Blogs there. Here's the link: http://pinterest.com/pin/167477679862440149/

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  43. Wow! That is quite a bento! I can definitely see all the love and patience that went into it. It's almost too pretty to eat. Happy 100!

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  44. Congrats on quite an achievement and everything is just too adorable. Here is to bento number 200

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  45. Just happened to find your blog! Cool!

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  46. Loved your 100th bento set. There are so much effort in preparing them. Too lovely to eat them up. Bravo!!

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  47. Congratulations.
    I must say this bento has become one of my favourites. It is so much fun and colourful.
    I love to watch your bentos and get inspiration (although I never made one)

    Greetings,
    Miki

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  48. Happy 100th bento!! :) It looks amazing (and it's so cute too!)- I can only imagine how much effort it took to make it! It's too cute to eat!

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  49. WOW.. 100 Bentos is amazing! Congratulations! And what a beautiful and whimsical one the 100th is!

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  50. awwww this is too cute!! it looks perfect! the child in the front is even holding a tiny Onigiri in his hands!!

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  51. You are so creative! Beautiful work!

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  52. This is very cute!! Really beautiful work, love it a lot! :)

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  53. Congratulations! This is so cute again! :D

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  55. These are just too cute to eat. i love them

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  56. This is truly spectacular, I am in awe!
    *kisses* HH

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  57. Wonderful !!! Congratulations !!!

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  58. this is alsoone of my absolute favourite..... what an amazing work!! i kept on referring back to this one.... absolutely beautiful & detailed process. ms Baggins

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