Newly-Born Lil’ Chick Bento
Things You Need:
Mixed veggies-stew/boiled veggies (mine made from carrot, sweet corn, and green beans)
Broccoli, boiled with a pinch of salt and some sugar
Strawberries and Kiwis slices
Your Bento Tools:
A knife with sharp-angled tip
How to Make:
1. Mixed veggies-stew: Wash all the veggies first. Carrot --> 0.75cmx0.75cm diced, Corn --> remove the corns from the cob, Green bean --> cut about 0.75cm in length. Bring to boil some water in a saucepan, add in a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp sugar. Bring in the veggies and cook for 3-5 minutes.
2. Newly-Born Lil’ Chick: Take the hard-boiled egg. Cut the middle part of the egg with zigzag pattern by using a knife with sharp-angled tip. Make sure that you pinch well the knife’s tip when you make the zigzag pattern to make the nice cut. Lift the top cut part of white egg to show the egg yolk. Make the eyes from nori and smile from thin slice of red chili.
How to Serve and Arrange:
1. Mix the steamed rice and veggies-stew with a spoon in a bowl. Transfer it to the lunch box.
2. Create a hollow on the right-top corner of the rice. Fill the hollow with chicken abon and place the lil’ chick on it *to make the nest*. Arrange the boiled broccoli on the left and right sides of the nest.
3. Garnish with some red heart made from red chili.
4. Put the fruit-slices on a food cup. Place it and strawberry marshmallows in the empty space of the lunch box.
I like to boil the veggies by adding some sugar besides the salt. It makes the veggies taste better.
It’s time for bento post again, yippee! Okay, for this time I come across with simple bento - simple because it consists of simple ingredients and it’s so easy to make it. The things you need are only steamed rice, mixed veggies-stew/boiled veggies, boiled broccoli, hard-boiled egg, chicken abon, nori sheet, red chili, strawberries and kiwi slices, and strawberry marshmallows. But again, here I have to admit that I used asturo paper instead of nori sheet to make the eyes – again, for my classic reason hehe *I couldn’t find it, and again it’s only for photography session :D, I didn’t eat it!*. O yeah, talking about chicken abon, ehm… what I should explain about it… Abon is dry tasty shredded meat. It’s usually made from boiled shredded beef meat, chicken meat, or fish meat seasoned with spices paste and some herbs then cooked with coconut milk. Then it is still dried with some oil on a big frying pan. After that, it will be pressed to remove the exceed oil to make it drier and fibrous shredded meat. I never make abon by myself since it’s time and energy-consuming, I can easily buy it at near food stores.