Cinnamoroll Kyaraben (character bento)

Cinnamoroll (シナモロール) is one of a character series of Sanrio as like Hello Kitty.
This is also popular character among Japanese kids (and may be for Japanese character fans).
Cinnamoroll is basically a boy puppy but with ribbon is very cute, Kawaii.
I made this bento by typical ingredients from typical supermarket.


Tori no Karaage (Chicken karaage).

Karaage (唐揚げ) is one of a Japanese cooking technique in which various foods are deep fried in oil.
This is "Tori-no-Karaage (鶏の唐揚げ, Chicken karaage)". Looks like a typical fried chicken, but small pieces of Chicken are marinated in a mix of soy sauce, ginger and Sake, then lightly coated with a seasoned both wheat flour and Katakuriko (potato starch), and fried in a light oil.
Served with sliced lemmon and mayonnaise is good combination. Good for lunch or dinner, bento, and a snack for beer. Yum Yum


One Piece Kyaraben.

Made Tony Tony Chopper Kyaraben (character bento), one of a main characters of One Piece.
Face: rice colored with soy sauce
Hat: rice colored with tomato ketchup
Horn: sausage
Face parts: Nori, Surimi, Konbu, broccoli

Kyaraben (character bento) Workshop
Kyaraben is een verkorte vorm van karakter bentō (een Japanse maaltijd). Het eten lijkt op populaire karakters. Ik geef Kyaraben workshops in Utrecht en Amsterdam.
Meer informatie:
Utrecht: http://tokyodoll.web.fc2.com/workshop/index.html
Amsterdam: Roppongi http://www.roppongi.nl/

Kyaraben or charaben (キャラ弁), a shortened form of character bento (キャラクター弁当), is a style of elaborately arranged bento which features food decorated to look like characters from popular media like anime. I teach Kyaraben in Amsterdam or Utrecht, Netherlands.
More information:
Utrecht: http://tokyodoll.web.fc2.com/workshop/index.html
Amsterdam: Roppongi http://www.roppongi.nl/


Ika furai Okaka Bento (bento with fried squid and dried bonito shavings).

Convenience stores (often shortened to Konbini) such as Seven Eleven, Lawson, and FamilyMart, are extremely popular in Japan. Especially Konibini bento of many varieties, is one of a main selling point for each stores. Each companies develop both standard and seasonal bento to attract customers.

Ika furai Okaka Bento (bento with fried squid and dried bonito shavings) was a seasonal bento menu of Seven Eleven. It was a hit product on 1982. Seven Eleven revives this bento sometimes.
There are many fans of this bento in Japan including me. I miss this bento and made it in the Netherlands.

This is the specification of Ika-hurai Okaka Bento.
1. Fully place and spread steamed rice in the bento box.
2. Sprinkle Okaka on the rice. Okaka is the dried bonito shavings that is tossed with soy sauce. This is popular as a stuffing for rice balls or bento topping.
3. Place following items on the rice.
- fried squid coated with bread crumbs. deeply dipped in Japanese brown source.
- vegetable kakiage (deep-fried onion and carrot). deeply dipped in Tempra souce.
- scrambled eggs
- beni-shoga (red pickled ginger)

Don't use good bento box to make Konbini bento. It's better to use "Chinese take-away box" to create an atmosphere of Konbini bento.
Enjoy Japanese traditional junk bento!

Kyaraben (character bento) workshop

Kyaraben, a shortened form of character bento, is a very popular bento style in Japan which features food decorated to look like Anime or Kawaii characters. At the workshop you learn how to make authentic Kyaraben and the result you can take home. More info http://tokyodoll.web.fc2.com/workshop/bentoworkshop.html