year of the tiger bento

11 02 2010

i have seen so many wonderful tiger bentos in the past two months — some of my favorites are at mothering corner, hawai`i’s bento box cookbook, just bento, bonito’s cooking wonderland, and happy little bento — but i have been biding my time, brainstorming my own perfect tiger bento for the lunar new year. 

well, best-laid plans aside, this week was pretty busy (what with unpacking from iceland, catching up on work i missed, and various social engagements), and while i did manage to dye my orange rice in advance, the bento didn’t turn out exactly how i sketched it — i think it looks a little disorganized and haphazard (though it is nicely colorful!)  oh well, hopefully i’ll have more time for a better CNY bento in 2011, year of the rabbit!

my tiger cub onigiri is made from rice (2 drops of red food coloring and 2 of yellow – it came out REALLY bright, maybe just one drop of each next time?) with nori stripes and facial features, and kumquat ears.  he’s stuffed with wasabi salmon (tigers eat fish, right?).  the “2010” is made from blue egg sheet layered over cheese and then cut with my x-acto blade.

the rest of the box contains broccoli (underneath the “2010”), purple potato slices (steamed and salted, as the purple potatoes i can get in NYC aren’t sweet-tasting), a veggie croquette fried lightly and cut in half, grape tomatoes, strawberry halves, a clementine in a blue silicone mini-food cup, snow peas, yellow carrot sticks, and a lettuce border.

and i saved my cute japanese tiger candy for this bento, as promised!

wishing all my bento friends a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

[as seen on bentoboxlove]


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11 02 2010
Simone Levin

Amazing! I love the ultra-bright tiger; he coordinates perfectly with the clementine.

11 02 2010
Susan Yuen

Wow!!! What an amazing tiger bento!😀 What a cutie and I love that he’s a well fed tiger too, with wasabi salmon no less! Happy Chinese New Year!

11 02 2010
Susan Yuen

Ooops, I forgot to thank you properly for mentioning me.😀 Thanks!!!

11 02 2010
gamene

you’re so welcome susan! all your tiger bentos were awesome, but that one was my fave🙂

11 02 2010
sherimiya

Ultra bright is right! Love the kumquat ears too, he’s soo festive!!
Lots of lovely colors in this one, and I can’t believe you did save the little candy for the occasion; good job! Looking great with the blue background too.
Happy New Year to you!!

11 02 2010
sherimiya

Oh yeah, me too! Thanks for calling out my CNY bento effort too!

11 02 2010
gamene

you are very welcome sheri, your work is such an inspiration to me!

11 02 2010
Lia Chen

Cute mighty tiger! So nice to see your CNY theme bento … perfect one to celebrate! Love the blue numbers … and little candy is worth to save🙂 Happy Chinese New Year!!

11 02 2010
gamene

thanks lia, and i’m glad this bento achieved the desired festive effect. hope your fun celebrations start soon!

12 02 2010
hapabento

Color is a good thing! It’s a lovely bento Megan and I’m in awe of your precise cutting of the 2010. Very cool, but like you, I’m waiting for the year of the rabbit or year of the snake!

12 02 2010
Tata Bonita

Love this tora😀, so adorable! I think he’s really happy for he comes out with colorful and festive CNY-themed bento. Thanks for mentioning my tora-chan😀, mine is so happy too for he got a new friend here heheheh😀

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12 02 2010
gamene

thank you hapa and tata!

@ hapa — you’re on, year of the rabbit, here we come!

@ tata — haha, hard for our tigers to play when they are in our bellies already😀

12 02 2010
bentobird/Jenn

Wasabi salmon–so yummy! I love this CNY themed rainbow bento with all of its sweet and healthy elements, gamene! And yay, there’s that lovely Japanese candy…I’ve been waiting to see it again🙂

12 02 2010
fluteloop

The tiger has such a kind face and delicious sounding center!

13 02 2010
Lil'chan

This is really cute! Your candy fits perfect😉 Don’t worry about the color. I love the bright and shiny orange!

14 02 2010
Karina

He’s very cute – love the color, and kumquat ears.

15 02 2010
gamene

thank you so much, jenn, fluteloop, lil’chan and karina! i hope you all had a great three-day weekend and start to your new year!

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