Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Totoro Bun Bento


Totoro Bun Bento, originally uploaded by sherimiya ♥.
This was the last field trip bento of the summer from last week. Now that school is starting already, it feels like such a long time ago! Anyway, this is another installment in the char siu bao character bento. Lest you fear my boy is tiring of char siu bao, don't worry. He would ask to eat them every day if I let him. My daughter is the same way. I don't know what the big deal is about them. Something about the sticky sweet bun, soft white bread, and sweet pork filling, I guess. Anyway, back to the bento. I've seen lots of people make Totoro out of sesame seed-tinted rice, which makes a nice gray color. Well, my kids aren't big rice eaters, so I guess this is the closest I'll be able to get. After you cut the belly circle, you can cut the ears from that part. The hardest part was cutting the "v's" and sticking them onto his belly. His eyes are radish discs and blueberries, and his nose is a grape. That's it. I also stuck in some carrots, broccoli, cherries, grapes and plum. Happy end of summer to you, bento friends!

26 comments:

  1. u got me at Totoro!!! i love it!!

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  2. So cute!!!! I love the bao creations :D

    Have you ever read the book Char Siu Bao Boy? http://www.amazon.com/Char-Siu-Bao-Sandra-Yamate/dp/1879965194

    We got a copy at a Japanese festival several years ago and Kidlet loves it! Very cute book

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  3. That is so cute! I would eat char siu everyday too. I used to beg my dad to make a detour to the chinese bakery for these.. and he usually complied. lol. Ours though, is a white dough and looks like a little dumpling package but the filling is the same. Sweet pork. Yum!

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  4. Jenn, omg no I have never seen that book! But I have to find it now, for sure! Thanks a lot :)

    Hi Chantale! We have the steamed bao too; they love those as well, heh. Yes, the sweet pork is the bomb! Thanks :D

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  5. I lurvs me some Totoro! What a great idea!

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  6. That is SUPER cute!

    Any ideas where to find good char siu baos in the South Bay??

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  7. Thanks Principessa!

    Thanks Loree! No -- I hardly go down there. Drive up to SF; tons in Chinatown there! :D

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  8. my hubby wants to know how anyone can eat this? so adorbs!

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  9. I guess my boy didn't seem to mind; I hope he even looked at it first. Haha! Thanks kia!

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  10. Queen of cute bun is in action again hahaha ... Love this cute Totoro bun, very creative job and I'm in big WOW again :)

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  11. I love Totoro and your bento's so cute...!!!

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  12. Thanks a lot Lia for your sweet comment as always!

    Thanks a lot Cooking Gallery!

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  13. I love this! Such a cute Totoro!! You never fail to make a bun look so cute Sheri!

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  14. Totally kawaii! Little skin off the pau can do so much cuteness! You are way cool!

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  15. oh my goodness! this is sooo cute!! doesn't matter if it's not the right color. This is one of my favorite movies when I was little. I think I should have my little one watch it. Hmmm wonder if they have this on netflex?!

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  16. Thanks KidsDreamWork, Xelia and Mrs.P!
    So sweet of you. Yes, Totoro is way cool! Hope you can find it on Netflix Mrs.P!

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  17. Absolutely adorable. I made the mistake of showing this to my girls, they LOVED it. They've been on a Totoro kick all week, won't let me return the movie to Netflix, lol!

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  18. Haha, thanks Denise! I love Studio Ghibli. So heartwarming.

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  19. I can watch totoro movie again and again and again....so cute lunch!!

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  20. Thanks Sofia!!

    Thanks gnoegnoe!!

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  21. I know him! That's my neighbor. ;)

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