Bento boxes are a fun way to create a small single portion meal, very common in Japanese cuisine. Kyaraben refers to a specific style of bento that has been elaborately arranged to depict popular characters from anime, comic books or video games characters.
Although time consuming, this bento box was extremely fun to make and considering my son's addiction to angry birds, well worth the effort to see the look on his face when it was finally ready.
I used a variety of mixed veggies that our family enjoys, but you can use whatever suites you own taste.
Step 1: Ingredients & Prep
sushi Rice - 1 cup - cooked & cooled until able to handle
beet Powder- 1 teaspoon
wasabi Powder- 1/2 teaspoon
1 head butter lettuce
peas- 1/2 cup blanched
half ear of corn- blanched
bunch of carrots
french breakfast radishes
bunch of asparagus- blanched
lemon cucumber- or any variety of cucumber
1 thin slice Monterrey Jack cheese or other white cheese
nori - seaweed used to wrap sushi
small rectangular container
bowl of water
* some ingredients not listed as pic as they were added as finishing touches
Blanching- briefly place ingredients that require blanching into boiling water for a few minutes and then place them into an ice water bath to shock them. *This will preserve their color and crunchy texture.