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Cooking Charaben: Bear Face Bento

Recently I have had great luck in finding a great contributor to the site, Hitomi!

Hitomi doesn’t speak English but she wants to share her cute charaben on the site. I will take the liberty of translating the process for her. If you have any questions or have trouble making something, I can try and help you through the About page.


What we will make today….






  • rice
  • Japanese omelet (called tamago-yaki, directions here )
  • 1 hotdog
  • some lettuce
  • broccoli
  • green beans
  • cherry tomatoes (they look like apples if you take off the leaf-part)
  •  carrot (thinly sliced and boiled)
  • seaweed
  • slice cheese (soft enough so you can cut it with something like a toothpick)
  • a bit of uncooked spaghetti


Things you will need:

  • A knife
  • chopping board
  • toothpicks
  • straw
  • scissors (that you can use for food)
  • chopsticks
  • food picks


How to Make It:

First get your ingredients out.




Take the rice and use the saran wrap to form balls of rice. Make a big ball for the face and 2 small ones for the ears.


Put lettuce into your bento box along with your rice balls. You can stick in bits of uncooked pasta to connect the ears to the head.


Cut out a muzzle area out of the sliced cheese


Cut out the mouth and eyes from the seaweed carefully with your scissors.



Take a straw and use it to make small circles from the slice of cheese. This will be the light reflection in the bear’s eyes.


Cut out a ribbon shape from a boiled carrot slice  and put it on your bear (it might be fun to try other shapes too)



Take your hot dog and slice the ends like so….


Boil or saute the broccoli, green beans and hot dog. Take the plastic picks and skewer the veggies of your choosing. Place the broccoli and cherry tomatoes around the bear. Slice the hot dog in two and place them in with the cut design facing upwards.




And there you have it! Now you have a snazzy bear-face to eat up for lunch.



March 25 Category:Cuisine Tag:, , ,

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