Smiling Frogs Bento


This Smiling Frogs Bento was my lunch :). Making the frogs is very easy as long as you have a teddy bear cutter for the face. I used my decorating tips to make various circles from cheese and ham for the facial features and a nori punch for the eyes.

This bento is pretty healthy as you can see. Lots of greens and protein ;). Yesterday my husband and I went to Okinii, a new Japanese restaurant which specialises on sushi and teppanyaki. We have been there three times and so far we've been very happy with the foods and service. My husband and I tried their grilled beef with teriyaki sauce last night and we're impressed by how tender and moist the meat was.

This morning I noticed that we had some fresh beefsteak in the fridge at the right moment when I was busy thinking of what to make for lunch. Then I remembered the grilled beef from Okinii, so I tried to recreate this dish again, my way.

Beefsteak with White Wine Teriyaki Sauce
  • 2 beefsteak filet, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 50 ml white wine
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Sugar and pepper to taste
  • Chopped green onions


  • Heat oil in skillet.
  • Toss in beef cubes and stir-fry until the beef is slightly brown.
  • Add white wine and mix well.
  • Add soy sauce, sugar and pepper and cook the beef until the sauce thickens.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions.
I also had bell-pepper/tomato/egg salad, Tomato & corn-salad tamagoyaki, pan-fried gyoza and cucumber & red-onion salad.

By the way, don't forget the bento contest :D)! So far I have received two very cute entries. You can see the bento pictures in my Flickr group over here :).

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  1. The frog face looks like cucumber skin.
    I do plan on entering the cute bento contest, but I have to dream up a cute bento first!

  2. @ Diana - You're right, Diana, it's cucumber skin :). And yes, please do enter the contest, I'm looking forward to seeing your entry :D)!!

  3. What a clever idea of using the bear cookie cutter for the frog face!

  4. where do you find the time to do all these?! that looks amazing, as always.

  5. Delicious and wonderful looking frog bento. Your creativity is simply stunning.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Wow - it looks delicious! You are so clever.....

  7. These smiling frogs are so adorable. What a lovely lunch! :) Wow, the 2 bento entries are really pretty.

  8. Great idea to use the teddy bear cutter for the frogs :-). Another great bento!


  9. Wieder einmal ein sehr lecker aussehendes Bento! Magst du nicht einmal bei mir vorbeikommen und mir eines machen? ;)

    Liebe Grüße

  10. Looks delicious as always! The frog faces are so cute.

  11. just saw the photos of the entries, you are all so talented!!

  12. Quickly pan fried, but tender beef in strips or pieces is something I have never managed to make... Yours looks really perfect. I love the frogs and would have never guessed teddy bear cutters can have such a double use. You are very inventive as always.

  13. That beef looks so tender and delicious and I love those dumplings too (gyoza right?) I think I'd be a fan of this bento. Just checked out the competition entries too - so cute!