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how to make sheep rice ball August 13, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in how-to (all), how-to - decorations/basic stuff.
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My day job, an online card game Alteil did a HUGE system update for the game about a week ago. So I’ve been online, writing emails, checking for bugs, chatting with the Japanese developers (Alteil is originally a Japanese game, my company brought it over to the U.S.) days and nights… and I just couldn’t make the time to update my blog. T_T

Anyway, I still wanted to do a how-to on something simple, so I was looking at my old bento, and decided to do this one. This is something I made for my only original bento “Farm bento.” It’s sooo easy and you don’t need too many ingredients, and with right tools, it’s even easier!

I made this bento a long time ago. The sheep are on the left side.

[How to make sheep rice ball]
– sticky rice (Any regular Japanese or Korean rice is “sticky rice”)
– ham (or cheddar cheese)
– seaweed
– *cheese
– *anything you want to put in the rice ball
— *hole punch


1. Make a rice ball. (you can put anything you want inside rice ball) Don’t hold the rice ball too tightly when you’re making it. It makes the sheep look fluffier that way.

2. Cut ham (or cheddar cheese) for the face part. I used a round bottle cap to cut the ham first, and cut the sides of the circle off. I also cut cheese in the same shape as the ham. It makes the ham to stand out a bit more, but this is optional.

3. Cut ham (and cheese if you like) for the ear parts.

4. Cut seaweed for the eyes. I used a hole punch to make a hole in the seaweed, then slide the punch a little bit and punched it again to make ” C ” shaped seaweed.

Punch a hole in the seaweed...

...then slide the punch a little bit...

...and punched it again...

Then you get " C " shaped seaweed. (and a circle)

Baa baa

Good thing about this sheep is that you can make them big or small. You can make one big one, or herd of small ones!

How to make sheep rice ball on my flickr

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.

If you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!


non-bento 16: kaonashi and kodama onigiri July 16, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in bento blog (all), bento blog - non bento.
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My boyfriend and I are on the road again! We’ve been trying to empty the fridge, so I’ve been making regular bento. But I still wanted to make a kyaraben-ish thing, so I decided to make breakfast.

Non-bento #16: Kaonashi and Kodama onigiri (rice ball)
Created and eaten on: 7/15/2009

Since we moved to the new office, we’ve been trying to find a good deli to get breakfast. But since our new office is closer to the big subway hub, it’s either expensive or they don’t care enough to make decent bagel (for my boyfriend) or coffee (for me) because they get so much traffic. So I’ve been trying to make breakfast for us in the morning, but it hasn’t been easy. If I’m making a regular bento, I have no time for making breakfast. If I’m making a kyaraben, I have nooooooo time for making breakfast. If I, miraculously had time to make it, I’d make rice balls like Doraemon rice balls. Doraemon rice balls were so easy, but these ones were even easier. I was thinking about what I could make with rice and seaweed, and I couldn’t believe I didn’t think of making this before. Kaonashi and Kodama! Not sure if I need to explain how I made it, but I’ll do it anyway.

I made three small rice balls with plain rice with salt, and put microwaved tarako (cod roe) inside. Then I cut a hole in the seaweed and put it over one of the rice balls for Kaonashi. I cut seaweed for for his eyes and the patterns on his face.

For Kodama, I cut seaweed into circle-ish shape and put them onto other rice balls.
(I put seaweed underneath the Kodama rice balls so that it’s easier to eat. The sticky rice (Japanese or Korean) is so sticky that you need something like seaweed to hold it without getting rice all over the hand.)

That’s it!

If you have access to sticky rice, this is probably the easiest kyaraben for a kyaraben beginner. You can definitely do this with white bread too.

– rice, salt, seaweed and cod roe

– rice, salt, seaweed and cod roe

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.

how to make Doraemon onigiri March 10, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in how-to (all), how-to - characters (Ghibli, video game, Wall-E).
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I was pleasantly surprised that I got such reactions on Doraemon onigiri. I really didn’t think anyone would know who it was. But I was wrong! It made me want to spread love for Doraemon, so I decided to do a how-to.

When I made it for my boyfriend, I didn’t really prepare anything for it, and as I was making it, I realized that a couple minutes of preparation would’ve saved me a lot of trouble. Also, cutting seaweed for the face and putting it on weren’t as easy as I thought it would be… So I came up with a foolproof method to make this Doraemon rice ball. This way, you don’t need to deal with sticky rice getting all over your hands, or worry about ripping seaweed!

[How to make Doraemon onigiri (rice ball)]
– rice
– salt
– seaweed
– kamaboko (fish cake) or cheese
– carrot

1. On a piece of paper, draw a Doraemon head. (I used a glass to draw it)

2. Cut the inside part of face out. The paper shown is 5 x 5, and it makes a big-ish rice ball.

3. Put #2 on seaweed (cut to the same size as the paper), and cut the face part out.

4. Spread *warm rice about the same size as the seaweed, sprinkle salt over rice, and put the seaweed on the rice. (*The rice must be warm, otherwise the seaweed will rip. If it’s not warm, microwave it)

5. Put a plastic sheet over it.

6. Flip it, and take off the plastic sheet from the rice side, sprinkle salt over the rice, and slowly make it into a ball.

7. Put a little bit of rice in the center of the rice ball.

8. Put whatever you want to put inside the rice ball in the middle (I used tarako/cod roe for mine) and put a little bit of rice over it. I found it easier to do this with the rice ball in a small bowl, so you don’t have to hold the rice ball in one hand and put stuff in on the other hand.

9. Just keep making it into a ball and twist the ends of the plastic sheet.

10. Slice a thin layer of kamaboko (fish cake) or cheese and cut it out for eyes. I have an oval shaped cutter, but I think you can just use a round one.

11. Slice a carrot, and use a straw or a small bottle cap to cut out his nose.

12. Cut seaweed for his whiskers, the line below his nose, and mouth. Cut seaweed using a hole puncher for his eyes.

Sad face

Smiley face

13. Slowly put the plastic sheet you used over the face. Make sure the plastic won’t shift the face parts.

14. Twist the back of the rice ball, and tape it or tie it with a rubber band.

Like I wrote in the beginning, this rice ball is pretty big. You can either shrink the paper size or use less rice and pull the seaweed all the way back so they touches each other in the back at #9. The best thing about this rice ball is that you can just carry it as is and it will still look adorable. When the weather gets warmer and nicer, make bunch of small ones and take them to a picnic!

How to make Doraemon onigiri

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.
If you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!