monkey soboro bento

1 04 2010

i received an unusual request via flickr-mail yesterday: a friendly user (and apparent fan of my photostream) asked if i might be willing to make a monkey bento, in honor of her favorite animal.

well, i have a couple of monkey sauce cases that have been lying around since my west coast bento shopping spree back in november, and i’m always up for a challenge, so i decided to use the monkey on the sauce case as my inspiration, and figured i could achieve the brown with a soboro bento.

my soboro is made of vegetarian faux ground beef. first i made an onigiri in approximately the same shape as the monkey’s inner face, molding pink rice free-form with saran wrap. then i layered some sliced orange bell pepper and scallions in the box, added the onigiri, and spooned in my “ground beef” (which i had sauteed with some cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper). i added radish eyes, nori eyelashes, a red pepper mouth, and a dyed-pasta bow, and voila! i had my monkey (no banana, though). this was my first time trying soboro for a bento, and i wish it had come out a teensy bit neater, but it was fun and i’ll definitely keep trying to perfect this technique!

even though the monkey looks like she’s made of just two ingredients, don’t forget about the veggies layered under there — once i mix it all up (with the hot sauce i stored in the actual monkey sauce case), it will be a tasty and healthy entree. i figured i would want something sweet too, though, so i made a quick side car of kiwi slices, pear flowers, and kumquats.

here’s a close up of the sauce case (available from napa japan):

see the resemblance? ok, i used artistic license to omit the ears and add the eyelashes. i hope my new flickr pal enjoys this one, and i hope you all have a great friday and weekend!


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25 responses

1 04 2010
sheri

Excellent resemblance! I love soboro; seems like a tasty and perfect bento filler. Let it be known that gamene fulfills special requests, and wonderfully too! Have a great weekend to you!

1 04 2010
gamene

thanks sheri! i only recently even tried soboro at all, let alone bentoed with it. i am looking forward to using it more though!

1 04 2010
Ingrid

As I already commented a bit everywhere (yep, I’m starting to stalk you :o)), these is a cute cool, funny bento. You lived up to the challenge ! Have a great Friday and fun weekend.

1 04 2010
gamene

thanks ingrid, your comments are always appreciated, stalk away😉

1 04 2010
hapa bento

It’s so neat and tidy! The pasta bow is genius! Very cute Megan.

1 04 2010
gamene

thanks debra, glad you like! and this one’s actually vegan, so you could totally try it!

1 04 2010
Aparna

OMG!! Yay!!! Thank you so much for doing this. It’s absolutely adorable!! I love it!🙂

1 04 2010
gamene

yay aparna, i’m so glad you like! mission accomplished🙂

1 04 2010
shoppingmum

That’s awesome!!! It’s totally alike.

1 04 2010
gamene

thanks amy! coming from such a talented bento-ist that is a HUGE compliment🙂

1 04 2010
Susan Yuen

LOL, that monkey is better than the container! Soooo awesomely cute!!!

2 04 2010
KidsDreamWork

Your monkey is definitely more cute than the container, I like the way you added the eye lashes! I have the same container but so far I never use it yet.🙂

4 04 2010
gamene

thanks susan and kidsdreamwork, can’t believe you guys think the soboro is better than the case, wow! so happy!

3 04 2010
TataBonita

This “lady” is pretty indeed😀. You always success to make every of your bentos neatly Megan. That red ribbon is so COOL!😀

4 04 2010
gamene

thank you so much tata, your bentos are beautiful so your compliment means the world to me. haha the pasta was just dyed in a few drops of red food coloring, easy peasy, glad you like (please try it)!

3 04 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Very cute! How sweet that you made this custom bento for a fan–awesome work as always gamene, have a great sunny weekend!

4 04 2010
gamene

thanks so much jenn! i would do anything for my fans, haha🙂
hope your weekend is going well!

3 04 2010
Asfora

So sweet! I love how the main dish matches the sauce bottle. Or the sauce bottle matches the main dish hehe! Looks like a great combo!

4 04 2010
gamene

thanks asfora, it was pretty tasty!

4 04 2010
babykins

You completely reproduced, yay! The perfect resemblance!
Her cute face is just making me grin.
And It sounds so good the soboro rice mixed with the veggies and the (monkey) hot sauce.

But she’s muttering something…
Maybe she’s saying *I want to have a monkey banana,. Give me, Megan!!* ^o^

4 04 2010
gamene

thanks babykins! HAHA i bet she wanted a banana, you’re right! poor little monkey 0_o

28 04 2010
iat9z

Sweet! I love the monkey. Nicely done!

28 04 2010
gamene

thanks iat9z, this one was a challenge for me!

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