Monday, May 21, 2012

Mabo Tofu Dragon Bento

Mabo Tofu Dragon Bento by sherimiya ♥
Mabo Tofu Dragon Bento, a photo by sherimiya ♥ on Flickr.
Today's bento is ma bo tofu (recipe here), over mixed rice in a lettuce leaf. I attempted to cut a tofu dragon with my awesome cutter. I first cut a thin slab, about a half inch thick, of tofu the length of the cutter, then pressed. The cutter made a precise cut; the problem was removing the dragon in one piece. As you can see, I got most of it out pretty well, using the rounded end of a chopstick. The only problem was that one of the hind claws broke off. I simply replaced it on top of the meal, and it looks fine. I added a nori eye and some fancy cut radish halves, which kind of look like lanterns. This would make a nice celebratory bento, I think. I have now used this cutter on tofu, cheese and dragonfruit. It's very cool. The rest of the bento contains a variety of early summer fruit: apricot, blackberries, cherries and strawberry.
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By the way, Happy Little Bento got a mention at KoreAm Journal, and a short interview with me, in an article on the power of social media in bento box popularity. Take a look to see mentions of other bentomakers such as HapaBento, OhayoBento, Bentobird and Adventures In Bentomaking. Cute pics too!

16 comments:

  1. Is the tofu cooked Sheri? I really really love mabu tofu and must try to make it on my own.. with this dragon tofu, it just looks so much chic-er! Also, terrific article on KorAm! Too cool.. just saw a new bento blog new to me.

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    1. Nope, it's "raw" tofu! You must try making this at home. I used Shirley's basic recipe although I omit the chili bean sauce for the kids (and to keep it gluten-free). It's delicious!
      Thanks Chantale!

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  2. Beautiful, I get hungry ;-)

    Greetings
    LeckerMone :-)

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    1. Haha! I know, it's so cool, right?
      Thank you Ꮮуռ (ᶬˠ ᶩᶤᵗᵗᶥᵋ ᵐᵋˢˢᵞ ᴻ ᶜʱᵋᵋᵏᵞ)!

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  4. where did you buy your dragon cutter? Is so cute and the lunch look so yummy!

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    1. You can usually find it at Bento and Co: http://en.bentoandco.com/products/bestiary-cutters
      although it appears they are currently sold out.
      Thank you coquine!

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  5. Stylish, gorgeous and sweetly abundant bento--sigh of delight :)!

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  6. So yummy and gorgeous dragon bento! Always shows some "authority" ^_^!! Tehehehee
    The article is so cool too... wow, you bento ladies rock :)! Feeling very happy to be part of this community... (oh yes, I should make more bentos... *geez*)

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    1. Thank you Lily dear! We are definitely missing your exquisite bento recently, and so happy to see the new Pikachu one!

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