Simple Tuna Spaghetti & Chirashi Spaghetti Bento for Bento&Co Contest

by - Friday, May 03, 2013



"Blogging can help us to improve our writing skill" - aye, that's true! But when you stop blogging for quite a while, then the skill will degrade - and that's exactly what happens to me :(. It feels like my fingers are stiff to dance on and tap the lined letter buttons on the keyboard. I hear them saying, "What and how are we supposed to move? Which letter buttons should we tap to form some clusters of words? What are we going to say? Oh God, we found a deadlock!"

I know workload is responsible for the deadlock that couples of minutes are needed to drive my mind get concentrate and quieten to come up with something written in a peaceful flow. "It's not easy," my brain says. "I know my dear friend, as I can feel it so well. But, I always believe that you can always do your best. Let's try and keep moving on," I convince my dear B. "Aye!", it answer smiling :D

Some weeks ago, a bento pal in FB shared me a link about an international bento contest by Bento&Co. I was really happy and thankful as I always missed the previous Bento&Co's contests. I was positive to join the contest, but at first there was always a nervous feeling and a sort of lack of confidence as the previous participants were really amazing with their bento creations :D. But, let's just have fun taking a part in the contest and wish for the best ^^


The theme for Bento&Co's 2013 International Bento Contest was Pasta! We were asked to make a bento including pasta dish. This theme was quite challenging to me, It took me days to think about what to come up with. I then remembered about a type of sushi that I had been wanting to make, chirashi sushi! Why not I make a sushi from pasta?! I made up my mind and finally came up with Chirashi Spaghetti Bento :D. For the bento, I went with my favorite simple Tuna Spaghetti with cherry tomato. My chirashi spaghetti had blanched and seasoned snow pea, lotus root, shiitake mushroom, lemon shrimp, and sagoo pearl (I couldn't find salmon roe here :D) as the toppings. In another tier, I had rose flower bouquet (made from rolled thin egg omelet), yummy salmon cake (enjoyed with mayo and hot tomato ketchup), blanched broccoli, carrot butterflies freshen up with kiwi fruit, orange and kyuri cucumber slices. 



Simple Tuna Spaghetti
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Ingredients:
200 gram spaghetti pasta, cook according to package directions and drain
75 gram canned tuna, drain the oil from the tuna
2 cloves of garlic, minced
150 gram cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and sugar to taste
Chopped peterselie or celery to sprinkle

Method:
Saute garlic until fragrant. Stir in the tuna, break it up and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in the halved cherry tomatoes, salt, and sugar. Cook until the tomatoes almost wilted. Reduce the heat and add the spaghetti, stir and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Adjust the taste. Turn off the heat, sprinkle with chopped peterselie or celery.


 
And... The thing still hard to believe for me is... My bento was chosen as the International Grand Winner *faint. It's too good to be true.... Up to this moment, I still need to convince myself that I'm not dreaming. It's a moment that will always have a special place in my heart, and the one that will always make smile everytime I remember it someday :). I don't know what to say except massive thank you to Bento&Co Team, Japan Experience, and other sponsorhips for conducting this awesomely cool bento contest and generously granting me with a trip to Japan ^^ *speechless. Also big congratulations to Erika as Japan Grand Winner, the 20 finalists, and the all talented participants - you're all the best! :D. Let's keep spreading the love through bento ^^

God... It's just like a dream comes true. I remember when I was a senior high student, I often spent the class break time in the corner of school's library to learn Japanese books or to enjoy the beauty of Japan by flipping page by page of out-of-date second Japanese magazines that our school could provide for us ^^. I was dreamy and imagined: Can I go to Japan someday? :'). Oh... Your surprise went wildly beyond my imagination, O My Dear God.... My endless gratefulness is only to You :')


Again, thank you Bento&Co for the awesome bento contest :D. Dear friends, don't forget to participate the next year contest. Congratulations to all winners, all the best!

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26 comments

  1. Mbak Tataaaa....klo ke jepang mampir dooonk...kontak2 yaa... ^^

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  2. @Ummu Fatima: Ummu........ Ntar Ummu jemput daku yak *takut ilang di Jepun *maklum orang udik hihihihihihi :D

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  3. Kerennya! Selamat yaaa :D
    Seneng deh baca2 blog kamu. Cakep foto2nya. Bikin laper malem2... ^_^

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  4. @Digital Mommie: Thank youuuu Mbak Miraaaa :D. Dikau lebih kereeen pastinya, siap2 aja, ntar daku mau berguru banyak padamuh :D

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  5. Gorgeous winning bento Ta, CONGRATS!!!! I loved reading this post and about your love of things Japanese and the sweet delight of winning. Yayy!! Bento love, yes indeed. Cannot wait to see your pics of Kyoto!!

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  6. Jepangnya dimana Mbak? klo ke Kumamoto sy jemput di kotsusenta...hehe...biar udah setahun lebih tapi jarang keluar kota :D

    btw triplek putihnya cakep yaah....dijepang sini juga sering nemu "harta karun", terutama mangkuk2 keramik yg lucu2 ^^

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  7. dan tunanya tetep sunbelll.....aku golek nang kene ora onoooooo

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  8. tata sayang.. aku bangga ma kamu, anak muda indonesia yg kreatif.. smg makin berkah blog'y, cantik tampilan blog'y, foto2'y makin kerennn... uhhh makin ngefans...

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  9. @BentoBird: THANK YOU dear Jenn ^^ *hugs. Ya, it's always kinda emotional everytime I remember about my dream and the surprise endowed to me. God is The Masterpiece of beautiful surprise :D. Yep, I can't wait too haha ^^

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  10. @Ummu Fatima: InshaAllah Kyoto, waaaa jauuuh ternyata sama Kumamoto-shi heueheuehehuheu.... Hayooo mbak ntar susul daku ke Kyoto hihihihihi. Iyaaaa, sukaaa banget sama harta karun triplek bekas itu hehe, sungguh merupakan berkah :D. Waduuuuhhhh mau dong harta karunnya *mupeeeng ^^

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  11. @Ditut: Teteeeuuuppppppp........ Cari yang harganya bersahabat sama kantong anak kos2an dooonnnggg....... Yooo suk lek mudik kulak sunbell sing akeh ndek Lai2 wkwkwkwkwkwk :D

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  12. @Bum2 Fam: Embaaaaaaaaaakkkkkk, thank youuuu *peluuukkk kecuuppp ^^. Aamiin ya Rabb. Ayo semoga kita semuanya tetap semangat berkarya dan ngeblog heheheheh :D

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  13. Congrats! It looks amazing! You're going to have sooooo much fun in Japan!

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  14. @Hidden_Relic: Thank you soooo much :D. All bento entries are also amazing! Have a lovely day to you :D

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  15. Selamat Tataaaa...ah, kebayang pulang dari Jepang kopermu bakal penuh pernik2 bento... :) jangan lupa satu untukku yaaaa...hehehe

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  16. Congrats!!!!! I am so happy and proud of you. Your bento is amazing~! Your Japan trip will be so wonderful! Kyoto is such a beautiful place!!!

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  17. @Mbak Anna: Thank youuu embaaaaaaak :D. Hehehehehhe *kekep dompet *semoga gak kalap *ntar emak yg pusing ksh sangunya ehehehheeh :D

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  18. @Shirley: *hugs... Thank you so much dear friend, sooo proud of you too... You never stop spreading the bento love through your beautiful creations :D. Also congratulation to you to make the top 20 finalists, you're always sooo cool ^^. Ah wish to have the trip with you, sure it will be more a lot of fun :D

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  19. It is amazing!!! Aww u are too kind. I will love to go Japan with you someday. We will visit the kitchen street and go crazy :P

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  20. @Shirley: Let us pray God grants our dream ^^. Yea, I can imagine that it will be very very very wonderful trip :D

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  21. Congrats Tabong! When will you pack your luggage and go to Japan?

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  22. @Mbak Pepy: Thank you Mbak Pepy :D. InshaAllah September, mohon doanya smg semua urusan lancar ^^

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  23. I just wanted to say congratulations on winning the Bento & Co contest! I entered and ranked in the top 20. I was SO EXCITED to even be counted in the top 20, but when I saw your bento, I was floored. It was spectacular! I thought, "Who is this Yunita? The name sounds like a blog I follow, "Bonita..." but I didn't realize it was you until I saw this post. :) Anyway, I hope you enjoy Kyoto!

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  24. @Michellanne: Dear Michel, thank you for your warm and hearty congratulation, that's very kind of you :D. Congratulations to you too to make at the top 20! It's so awesome :D. Everyone's work must be highly appreciated as they had tried their best ^^. Yea, can't wait to see Kyoto ^^

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  25. Dear Tata, aku suka banget loh sama blogmu, dan juga koleksi bukumu, kapan2 klo ketemu minta ttd ya, hehehe.
    aku newbie dibidang perbentoan, dan suka banget mantau blogmu, aku ada pertanyaan.

    dimana sih, beli pinset buat taruh nori yg ujungnya runcing seperti punyamu, susah banget deh, aku cari disemua toko online gak dapet.
    bento2mu unik semua, jadi gatel pingin latihan masak, heheh.

    makasihnya

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  26. @Sara: Dear Sweet Sara ^^

    Thank youuu ya buat sincere appreciation-nya :D. Aamiin, semoga kapan2 bisa ketemu yah, kamu tinggal di Jakarta kah? Mungkin September aku ke Jakarta hehehehe.

    Pinset yang runcing itu yah? Aku dulu belinya di Daiso Surabaya. Bulan lalu aku ke Daiso Jakarta gak ada, yang di Sby juga udah gak ada lagiiiii soalnya aku juga mau beli lagi.

    Ayo2... Semangat ngebentonya yaaaa dan tunggu BBB ke 2 hehehehe :D

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