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.
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.
Rawrrrrr… Rawrrrrr… Greeting! Hehe :D