Mouse invades bento, yet again.


A mouse has raided my lunchbox again. They seem to enjoy slipping inside boxes, confident that they’re too cute to be eaten. HA! That’s what they think. GLOMP. NOMNOMNOM.

Mouse invades bento again...

Bento # 231 January 2009


Searching through the site for pertinent links, I just realized that mice seem to be a recurring them in my lunches. From fishball mice, to banana mice to mice made from mechikatsu, they’re all here. The latest incarnation, of course, is the quail egg mouse from this particular lunch.

To create him, I strung together two quail eggs with a toothpick. One egg made his head, and the other, his body. His ears are made of quail eggs too, sliced off from the tops of whole quail eggs then stuck to his head with tiny pieces of toothpicks. His face is made from cut up pieces of nori and his tail made of an uncooked piece of vermicelli. While cute, I wouldn’t recommend serving this lunch to small children because they might accidentally eat the toothpick pieces. You can use this same technique to create other small critters, so time to experiment!

Curious about the other stuff? The little mouse is resting on a bed of shredded lettuce which I later finished with some salad dressing. To the left are some meatballs and beside it is a generous helping of my favorite potato salad. In the little plastic cups are small servings of fresh tomato wedges and ashinaga brocolli cooked in garlic and olive oil.

Lunch rating? Cute and utterly nomnomable. The meatballs were so and so but the potato salad and happy mice hellbent on self-destruction more than made up for it. Some say cute, I say OMNOMNOMNOMNOM!

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8 Responses to Mouse invades bento, yet again.

  1. dementedchris says:

    Kao, what’s ashinaga broccoli? Is it sweeter than our ‘regular’ ones?

    • kaoko says:

      It’s not the flavor per se but the appearance that differs. It’s like a cross between asparagus and broccoli. Thin long stalks with florets, instead of the usual thick stalk that branches into a large clump of florets on top. Next time, I’ll take a photo of the uncooked ones.

  2. Mila says:

    I thought the mouse was a toy! So cute and edible pala!

  3. Ichiro Ino says:

    hmmm… mouse huh?

    a computer set with mouse and keyboard would fit a geek like me… but of course, not forgetting the moe factor :3

  4. entrepgirl says:

    your bentos are so cute. i could never imagine having the patience to do those all the time. :)

  5. kaoko says:

    @Mila
    It’s food, yay! 😀

    @Ichiro Ino
    I’ve seen some people do computer-themed charaben. I just don’t have links on me right now. *facepalm*

    @entrepgirl
    Thank you so much! Unfortunately, I haven’t been preparing them much lately. I really need to go back to making more.

  6. Question!

    where do all the waste go?

    oh, not waste.. like uh.. the leftovers when designing….

  7. Marie says:

    this is really cute and creative, nice post

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