There are some creative Hello Kitty fans out there when it comes to bentos. It actually reminds me a lot of my mom when she used to make me lunches for school. Everything always looked so pretty. She said it’s just the way of the Japanese to make food look appetizing. My mom has very high standards which is why she’s probably such an amazing cook!
Anyways, here are some Hello Kitty-fied bentos!
Courtesy of Rakka
Courtesy of Chorazin
Courtesy of Sakurako Kitsa
Courtesy of Rubyran
Courtesy of aJ GAZMEN ? GucciBeaR
For those of you who have never made a riceball or onigiri before, let me give you a quick lesson. It’s really easy!
- Cook your Japanese style rice (Brands like: Kokuho Rose, Nishiki, Tamaki). Let it cool in your steamer so it doesn’t dry up and it keeps its stickiness.
- Wet your hands with cool water and then put salt on one palm. With your other hand, grab enough rice to make a riceball. You don’t want to squeeze it together yet. You just want to get some salt on it, so loosely make it into a ball. Repeat for about 3 to 5 balls depending on how salty you want it.
- Next, go back to each loosely made ball and start squeezing the rice together and shaping it. That’s it!
For ideas on what you can sprinkle on your rice to made Hello Kitty designs, you can walk through any Asian store. I know for Japanese foods, there are lots of options. If you want something super simple, you can just fry sesame seeds in a pan until they’re browned.