Thursday, May 6, 2010

Raccoon Char Siu Bao Bento


Raccoon Char Siu Bao Bento, originally uploaded by sherimiya ♥.
Kireizukin Seikatsu is a San-X character described by Sofia of From Japan With Love as: a raccoon who likes to relax and loves to take a nap. But since Mogura Sensei (mole teacher) covers racoon's head by a red riding hood, racoon becomes "kireizukin" to love cleaning like a tidy housewife. "Kireizukin" can't stop cleaning everywhere. It is like becoming a superman.
He's so cute, and I always thought his head looks so much like a bao. Don't you? Anyway, even though mine looks exactly like a bear, maybe you can use your imagination to envision he's a raccoon. I made the mole from a quail egg, and dyed with purple potato to look blue, and with nori details. Even though he's sitting there on his head, I left the red hood off so he can rest for lunch.

Besides the bao, whose face I cut with a paring knife and kept the cutoff part for the ears (since everyone knows the best part of the baked char siu bao is the sticky brown part) and decorated with purple potato for facial features, the upper tier of the tiffin contains baby carrots, strawberries, grapes, steamed broccoli and garlic enoki.

Happy Friday, bento friends!

25 comments:

  1. What an adorable raccoon! I feel so bad for him, having to clean all the time. (Although I do love a well cleaned room, I can relate to wanting to lay around and nap instead.)

    I love the mole, too. :) And, as usual, you did such a good job with all the colors...

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  2. Thanks Beautifully, Trying!

    Thanks hypothermya! It really doesn't take much time to arrange the colorful fruit. The silicon cups really make it easy :)

    I just love the napping raccoon.....^^

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  3. almost too cute to eat, hehe

    really impressed with your kawaii bento creations ^^

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  4. Thanks a lot noobcook! So sweet :)

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  5. Who would of knew to cut a round bread like that to create a cute little puppy :) So cute!

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  6. Thank u for the idea of using bao to make an animal! Tks for sharing. Our baos will no longer be a lump of white dough! :)
    karen

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  7. Super cute!! You are really a great bentoist ... Awesome cutting skill! I'm so in love with this one. I think I will put it on my mobile wallpaper, can I?

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  8. Haha! Thanks karen! I'd love to see the animals you make with your bao too :)

    Lia, always so kind to encourage me! I'll be so pleased if you look at my bento on your mobile; thanks a lot!!

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  9. I've always wanted to try those kind of mushrooms but was a bit weary... garlic ones sound devine... think I'll pick some up this week :)

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  10. Look at the picture I think you captured him very well. Looks great.

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  11. We don't have such luxury for cute little bento like this when we were younger...

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  12. Sorry typing to fash *Looking* :~)

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  13. haha, i had never heard of this character before, and the description ("tidy housewife") made me crack up! i think he looks more racoon-y than bear-y... i mean, he looks just like the cartoon, which is to say, perfect! clever to dye the egg like that, too!

    happy friday sheri, have a great weekend!

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  14. Aww he is an adorable little racoon! What a fun lucnh :D

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  15. How did you prepare the garlic enoki? I had to go back and carefully read your description to figure out what they were! :-) Sounds super delicious, and would be great cold too. This is a very charming bento.

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  16. Oh my gosh, he is too cute! Looks just like the real raccoon too! That is so clever to cut away the bao to make his face. Love it!

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  17. Awesome! Love the little mole on top too! Please send "Kireizukin" round here after his lunch and he can do the supercleaning in my house ! :o)

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  18. Fantastic and wonderfully fun bento...I loved learning about the adventures of Kireizukin Seikatsu!

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  19. Angi, it's good with garlic! Just a quick stirfry in the pan and that's it. Hope you can try it :)

    Thanks Marisa! (I knew what you meant ;o)

    tigerfish, perhaps, but it doesn't take too much extra time...

    Thanks a lot megan! I have this cute raccoon notepad and I guess I loved his napping style, didn't realize he had to work so hard either :D Great to see you again, and I hope you have a great weekend too!

    Thanks a lot Jenn!

    Sonoma Bento, I just stirfried the enoki quickly in a nonstick pan with garlic powder and a little olive oil (so the garlic will stick) for a minute or two. That's it. Hope you can try it !

    Thanks a lot Susan! This kind of sandwich face is easiest for me!

    Thanks a lot Asfora, I think we all wish for Kireizukin in our house :)

    Hi bentobird! Thanks to you!

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  20. OH, he is cute, cute, cute! The colors are great and my girls would LOVE this!

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  21. Thanks Mandy!! Hope you can make it for them; so easy and healthy too!

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  22. It is sooo cute Sheri! And I love those round metal boxes too... Wanna get ones for mine hehehe :D

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  23. Thanks tatabonita! Me too I love this tiffin! It's super heavy duty; my boy gets a workout carrying it to school, hehe!

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