Tora-chan Bento

by - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tora-chan Bento 1

My friend, S, asked me to accompany her to go to MOG (Mall Olympic Garden) few days ago for new shoes – Wow! Going to the mall? That’s the thing I can’t resist hehe. When go to the mall, it’s not the flood of fancy latest trend clothes or shoes that make me WOW *I mean it!*– it’s food department! The flood of fancy food – fresh fruit & veggies, huge sorts of fancy food, fancy lunch boxes, fancy plates, fancy cups, etcetera etcetera! LOL. Are you with me in this way? Raise your hand! Hehe

It wasn’t as crowded as usually when I went to MOG, but I could see that many shopkeepers were busy pimping up the stores with red-yellow things and obviously, lantern and tiger! Oh yeah, I see, it’s Lunar New Year celebration – like it, so festive! And the Tiger is in the house, baby! I had a pack of frozen mantou on hand, and gave a look at the tiger which was having his show attracting the mall’s visitors suddenly gave me an idea to make a tiger bento aka tora-chan bento! The idea definitely created a big smile on my face before I managed to go back to boardinghouse :D

Yes, you’re right, I made the tora from steamed mantou. For me myself, mantou is a new thing. From my highest knowledge about it, mantou is a plain steamed bun. It’s made from the same dough for usual steamed bun but it has no filling*and denser*. No need to worry, mantou is not totally plain, I think it’s a little bit sweet :D. You can find it sold frozen in the supermarket, sometimes it comes with different taste combinations *but the one that I know is only chocolate :P*. Frozen mantou can be either steamed or fried. I brushed the white mantou with yellow food coloring before I steamed it. Yeay!! Finally I could use my new steamer :D. LOL, when you look at my tora you can assume that it may be the one that has the longest ears hehehe. Oh, my happy tora is surrounded by dense steamed broccoli! I don’t know, I think I’ve found myself that I’m now is a big fan of broccoli :D *so happy with this new fact*. Besides broccoli, I enjoyed my mantou tora with mixed-and-spiced-with-a-lot-of-things stir fried white mushroom. I know that my stir fried mushroom’s appearance doesn’t look good, but it tastes way way good :D. I spiced it up with sambal, ngo hiong powder (Chinese five spices), oregano flakes, light soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, sesame oil, soya sauce, and added tuna, chopped chicken meat, shredded cabbage and Kemangi leaves (Indonesian fragrant Basil leaves) – hehe, sounds so odd, eh? But this different spices combination turned out to be dorkily extraordinary good :D.

And oh, what’s that red and round thing above the tora? I want it to be a lantern, but due to my poor bento weapon *only a not-so-sharp-knife*, it turned out to be looked like a strange red pumpkin instead of red lantern hahahaha! I made it from imitated crab stick.

Tora-chan Bento 2

Yeah, I got a great perfect picture for the background! It’s the very front cover of a new calendar brought by my boardinghouse’s master from his office to be put on our TV room’s wall :D. It’s title, 2010 The Year of the Tiger. So I put the same title on my picts :P. The calendar has some awesome large pictures of macho tigers. So I take some pictures of them *you can see my pict above – beautiful macho tigers, aren’t they? :D*. Btw, is it a good idea to combine the pictures of wild tigers with cute tiger bento just like what I do? Silly me hehehehe.

Anyway, for you who celebrates it – Happy Lunar New Year!
Rawrrrrr… Rawrrrrr… Greeting! Hehe :D

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O yea, I got another Happy 101 award from dear blogger friend J - Thanks a lot J! :D. My previous post about it can be seen here.

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20 comments

  1. Aw, so cute! I love this cute little tiger ^-^ My zodiac is tiger! So I am happy to see so much nice tiger bento this year ^-^

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  2. Ok Ta, I am with you on the fancy things. I would just shop and shop and shop ... buying cute fancy stuffs including bento stuffs is like never ending story for me LOL :D
    Back to bento, so cute! I thought you use egg sheet because the mantou looks so yellow, until I read the part that you are using mantou hihihihi ... I always adore your bento skill and yeah this year is my year as my Chinese zodiac is tiger.

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  3. awesome tiger bento tata! thanks for the explanation about the bun, i had never heard of that before. the lantern is adorable - it *does* look like a lantern! and that's great that you discovered you like broccoli, it's very good for you :-)

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  4. "Tiger's in the house, baby"--haha, yes indeed! I've also been thinking about the Year of the Tiger and this bento is a wonderful version of the theme! Love all the care you put into this post, with beautiful tiger images and richly-colored backgrounds--excellent!

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  5. This mantau tiger is just cute..i love it..^^

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  6. Soooo cute!!!! What a wonderful bento, with the tiger, the lantern, and all of the details!

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  7. tataaaa........aku baru tau bumbu ngohiong itu sama ama chinese five spice! huehehehehe.......ma kasih yaa taaaa jadi tau :), kalo gitu di sini mah banyak tuh bumbu ngohiong :)

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  8. lucuuuuuuuu !!!!

    the tiger does not look scary like his picture

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  9. Mantou sounds excellent, I now wish i had the chocolate...hm...
    Super cute cute tora and I love him soo much ! I really would like to copy him myself.
    Also, I think your card is PERFECT! The pictures you chose and everything. Wonderful layout with sweet bento.

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  10. @Lil'chan: Danke Lil'chan. Can't wait to see a tiger cutie in your bento box :D

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  11. @Mbak Lia: Haha, so happy to have a friend who has the same passion on that fancy things :D. Btw, thanks a lot Mbak Lia. Wish for the best for your zodiac year :D

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  12. @Megan: Thanks for the sweet comment and you're welcome. So happy if we can share new "knowledge" about the food :D.

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  13. @Rachel: Yoohoo, thanks a bunch Rachel :D

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  14. @Susan: O Susan, thank you so much for your-always-sweet-comments, very appreciate it :D

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  15. @Buk Belz: Apaaa??? *sambil bergaya lebaiii hehehe*. Perlu diragukan ini! Huahahahahaha. Eniwe, seneng bisa sharing :D

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  16. @Mbak M3noq: Makasiiiiih Mbak :D. Aaaah, tigernya jadi maluuu nih hehehehe

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  17. @Bentobird/Jenn: Let's do a rap hehehe. Get blushing with your sweet comment :D. So, can't wait to see yours! :D

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  18. @Sheri: Thanks a lot Sheri :D. Let's get the mantou now hehehe! I'm sure that yours will turn out to be prettier :D

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  19. Your mushroom sounds so good! I also made mantou bento recently, mine wasn't cute though haha. I love the mantou tora chan, of course the (pumpkin^^) lantern too! I think the tora chan looks like *shimajiro*.

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  20. @Babykins: Haha, thanks a lot :D. Ah, I'm sure your mantou bento turned out to be prettier than mine :D. Have Googled about Shimajiro, yup, I think my Tora-chan resembles to him :D

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