It’s another kawaii kyaraben for today’s bento baon featuring panda sushi rolls!
First and foremost, I’d like to say – for the record – that Joel and I did commit to Meatless Monday (and Tuesday! Albeit Tuesday’s dinner did include some tasty tocino #noregrets) for our meals. 🙂
Now, that’s out of the way, I’d like to talk about these adorable panda sushi rolls. Pandas are a popular design when making decorative bento (decoben). I thought I’d take a crack at it with these panda sushi rolls. I simply wrapped the sushi rice in nori, rolled it in a log shape, and cut into four segments. As for the faces, I used my nori punchers to cut out the eyes and the ears, black sesame seeds for the nose, and small strips of nori for the mouth. I thought they came out quite adorable – especially when I added little pink bow ties on them hah! 🙂
Another item in my bento that I’m particularly excited about is the tamagoyaki shaped like a triangle onigiri complete with a little nori strip! I cooked the tamagoyaki the usual way and as soon as it was off the pan (while it’s still hot, so it’s easily pliable), I used my bamboo sushi mat to shape it into a triangle.The top tier of my bento consists of the “food scraps” that didn’t make it in my bento decorating process but are already accounted for in the calorie breakdown for this meal. Yup, still counting and logging calories hah!
I did prepare Joel’s lunch as well. His meal consists of leftover cauliflower fried rice from dinner (yes, I hopped on the cauli-rice train and I’m freaking glad I did!), some teriyaki chicken meatballs, and tamagoyaki.