Monday, November 11, 2013

Train Bento with Love

Out of no reason, they would suddenly go on anti-carrot / anti-egg / anti-fish campaigns.

Perhaps, by making the food look more interesting, they would be enticed to finish up what they don't like, I thought.

And yes, it worked!

Last week, they requested a bento with trains, so I made Train Bento for them.


Trust me, it is not too time-consuming to make this, as the food that I am cooking is very simple. And the arrangement is also very easy, so that the food would not turn cold when it is served.


Ingredients (2 servings):
  • Eggs x 2
  • White snapper fish (or threadfin)  x 150 grams
  • Fish balls x 3
  • Carrot x 1
  • Rice x 0.5 rice cooker cup
  • Grapes 
  • Japanese seaweed 


Instruction:
  • Cook rice first since this takes the longest time. 
  • Steam carrots for 15 minutes, and fish + fishballs for about 6 minutes.
  • Make tamagoyaki (Japanese egg omelette). Beat the eggs. Using low fire, add a little oil, pour a thin layer of egg on to the pan, after the egg sets a little, roll it. 


  • Push it to the opposite side, add a thin layer of egg on to the pan, and roll. Repeat the steps until all eggs are used.


  • Put the rice in the bento box.
  • Cut the tamagoyaki and put on top of rice to make the trains.
  • Cut fishballs into quarters to make the wheels of the train.
  • Cut the steamed fish, remaining fishballs, carrots (using vegetable cutters) and grapes, place them in the bento box, separate them using bento dividers (or use lettuce if you don't have bento dividers).
  • Cut the Japanese seaweed into small rectangles, place on the tamagoyaki to make the windows of the train just before the bento is served.
To be honest, this was a negative demonstration of tamagoyaki! I still have not mastered the skill to roll it, especially the first layer! But don't worry, practice makes perfect!

Do not waste any food! After cutting the carrots using the vegetable cutter, do not discard the remaining! Cut them into small pieces, place them into the bento box first, then place the pretty carrot flowers on top.





Looking at how Pei Pei and Hao Hao enjoy the food, I think it really worth the effort to make bento for them!

This is my contribution to "What's Cooking" blog train series hosted by Beanie N Us.  Next in the blog train is Mrs Kam from The Kam Family, who is sharing her recipe of Japanese cheesecake!

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8 comments :

  1. I love the way you shared your cooking and assembling technique. It would be just as good for adults. My husband and I really enjoy this type of food.

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    1. Francene, thank you! My children enjoy the bento, but I have not prepared any bento for my husband yet!

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  2. What a fun meal for little ones! It looks like it went down a treat :)

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    1. Sophie, the little ones had fun playing and eating the food!

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  3. So cute! You can check out ochikeron's rilakkuma bento on youtube too. Your girl will love it!

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    1. Thank you MollyMia for sharing! Hope to try that out one day!

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