from erecipe.

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6 easy, cute and impressive foods to add to your bento.

* Elegant Flower Weiners
* Dressed-up Cheese Chikuwa (fish paste tubes)
* Colorful Grilled Egg
* Beautiful Bell Pepper Marinade
* Smiley Face Onigiri
* Fried chicken

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Ingredients (Elegant Flower Weiners)

Weiner sausage – 6 pieces
Spagetti – 2~3 strands

How To Cook (Elegant Flower Weiners)

Step 1: Cut 4 of the sausages into half along the vertical axis. Make small cuts along the lengths of each half as shown, leaving 2~3mm of space beneath each cut. Cut the remaining 2 sausages into quarters along its length. Cut a shallow criss-cross pattern into the end of each quartered piece.

Step 2: Place the sausage pieces in a pot of boiling water until thoroughly cooked.

Step 3: Using each quartered piece of sausage as the flower’s center, wrap each long piece around it to create the petals. Secure the sausage ends together with uncooked spagetti as shown.

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Ingredients (Dressed-up Cheese Chikuwa)

Chikuwa – 4 pieces
Cheese – Suitable amount
Lettuce leaf – 2~3 pieces

How To Cook (Dressed-up Cheese Chikuwa)

Step 1: Cut each chikuwa into 3 equal length pieces. Cut the cheese into cubes that fit into the hollow center of the chikuwa.

Step 2: Wrap each piece of cheese in a small piece of lettuce and stuff it into the center of the chikuwa.

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Ingredients (Colorful Grilled Egg)

Egg – 4
Carrot – 20g
Spinach – 1~2 leaves
Soup stock – 2 tablespoons
Sugar – 1 tablespoon
Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
Sesame oil – 1/2 tablespoon

How To Cook (Colorful Grilled Egg)

Step 1: Dice the carrot into 5mm cubes and boil to cook. Slice the spinach leaves into 1cm strips and boil to cook.

Step 2: Break eggs into a bowl. Add carrots, spinach, soup stock, sugar and salt and beat well.

Step 3: Heat up the sesame oil in the rectangular egg grilling pan. Add 1/3 of the egg mixture to the pan and allow to cook. Once half cooked, roll the egg to one side of the pan as shown.

Step 4: Add the next 1/3 of the egg mixture to the pan and allow to cook. Once half cooked, roll the egg cooked in Step 3 back over the newly cooked section to create more layers in the roll. Finally, add the last portion of egg mixture and repeat.

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Ingredients (Beautiful Bell Pepper Marinade)

Red bell pepper – 1
Yellow bell pepper – 1
Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
Salt and pepper – to taste

How To Cook (Beautiful Bell Pepper Marinade)

Step 1: Slice the bell peppers open and remove the stem and seeds. Grill the peppers on an open barbeque for 8~10 minutes until the skin turns black.

Step 2: Place the grilled peppers into a bowl and wrap in cling film. Allow the peppers to cool down, then remove the charred skin and dice into bite-size pieces.

Step 3: Add vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper to the bell peppers and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour to finish the marinade.

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Ingredients (Smiley Face Onigiri)

Smiley Face Onigiri
→ Rice – 2~3 bowls
→ Salt – to taste
→ Crabmeat stick – 2~3 sticks
→ Grilled seaweed – suitable amount
Red & White Onigiri
→ Rice – 2~3 bowls
→ Salmon flakes – 2 tablespoons
→ Dried plum or other fillings – suitable amount
→ Salt – to taste

How To Cook (Smiley Face Onigiri)

Step 1: To make smiley face onigiri, cut the seaweed into desired shapes.

Step 2: Add salt to rice and divide into 5 portions. Wrap each portion in cling film and knead into a flattened ball. Add seaweed parts onto each ball to create faces.

Step 3: Remove strips from the crabmeat stick and place onto the head of the smiley face to create a headband.

Step 4: To make red & white onigiri, divide the rice into 2 equal portions. Mix one portion with the salmon flakes, then further divide into 4~5 portions. Wrap each in cling film and roll into balls.

Step 5: Add salt to the remaining half portion of rice, and divide into 4~5 portions. Wrap each portion around your desired filling, then wrap in cling film and roll into balls.

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Ingredients (Fried chicken)

Chicken thigh – 400g
Ginger – 1 piece
Garlic – 1 piece
Wine – 3 tablespoons
Soy sauce – 2 tablespoons
Sesame oil – 2 teaspoons
Egg – 1
Wheat flour – 2 tablespoons
Potato starch – 2 tablespoons
Frying oil – suitable amount

How To Cook (Fried chicken)

Step 1: Cut the chicken thigh into bite-size pieces. Place into a vinyl bag together with the ginger, garlic, wine, soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix well and leave to marinate overnight.

Step 2: Beat the egg and pour into the vinyl bag, then mix well. Add wheat flour and potato starch, then mix again.

Step 3: Heat the frying oil to 160~170degC. Fry the chicken pieces for a short while, then remove and cool for 2~3 minutes.

Step 4: Heat the oil to 180~190degC, then fry the chicken pieces for a second time until golden brown.

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