Now doesn’t that sound so zen? Unfortunately, I’m nowhere near the path to enlightenment. What I really mean, without the pretentious zen-wannabe tone, is that in order to create cute figures in your food, you have to look hard, consider their shapes and unleash your imagination.
Stare at your food and imagine what it shapes like. Two burger patties beside each other can be the beginnings of a monster. Half a katsu could be a creeping mouse. Slices of fishcake can be a dragon. Did you ever stare at the clouds when you were a kid and imagined what shapes they made? It’s just like that.
You need to consider the basic shape, imagine, then help it out with additional accents. Even simple shapes like circles and ovals can be interesting once you figure out what you can do with them.
At times, you can make your own shapes as well, like with this bear-shaped burger. Store-bought food can also have fun shapes already, like those chicken nuggets with fun letters and animal shapes, or these fish-shaped fish nuggets. Whether it’s a deliberate shape or accidental, just remember to help it out with accent cut-outs. In this case, I used nori, cheese, or and thinly sliced tomatoes. Other food items like ham and cold cuts, cucumber skin, spring onions, and peppers are all excellent accents as well, thanks to their bright colors. All you need are the accent ingredients, a sharp knife, and your imagination.