When Pokémon Go was officially launched here in PH, me and my family joined the craze and soon after, my eldest started bugging me to make a Pokémon bento box.
And so I gave in, but only 2 weeks after his request because I couldn’t quite imagine how I can make a decent Pokémon bento. But I did it, and I’m glad that I took up the challenge.
I’ve only done a few charaben before and I used bread for the most of them. This time for my Pokémon bento I also used white bread as my main because I find molding rice a bit intimidating to do for an amateur bento-maker like me.
So first, I used a piece of loaf and flattened it before cutting. I searched for some Pikachu photos online as a guide for the outline. After achieving the shape that I want, I spread margarine to get that sunny yellow color.
For the details on the face, I used seaweed sheet (ears, eyes, nose, and lips), cooked ham (mouth), cheese slice (eyes), and red vegetable noodles (cheeks). The red vegetable noodle was supposedly for the pokeball only, but I have no ketchup at the time so I just made 2 tiny spirals to make the cheeks.
Next, I brought out a heart-shaped silicone baking cup (which I bought from Landmark, Trinoma months ago) and filled it up with a bar of pink cake. I placed the heart on top of Pikachu so it kinda looked like something out of a video game.
I earlier planned to make poke balls using quail eggs but I forgot to grab a tray at the supermarket. Luckily I was able to make a substitute for it. For the poke ball, I boiled red vegetable noodles and placed them in a silicone muffin cup. Then I fried an egg and used the white as the bottom part of the ball. To make a separator, I cut the nori sheet to make a strip, and made a circle from the egg yolk.
I filled up another silicone muffin cup with peanuts (my son’s favorite munchie) and placed it in the EasyLunchboxes lunch box. I don’t like seeing spaces in my bento so I poured chocolate cereals in all the spaces around Pikachu.
To further make my Pika-bento interesting, I added a few DIY Pokemon food picks. To do this, I used some of my planner stickers that I’ve downloaded from Planner Problem (Pokemon Go Deco free printable planner stickers). I cut out the first 3 Pokemon (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle), added a few Pokemon Go-themed icons (Bag, Egg, and Pokemon Go App on mobile), and then stuck each sticker onto individual plastic food picks.
I spent around 45 minutes to make this character bento but it’s definitely worth it because 1.) I’m a Pokemon fan and 2.) it has been one of the best bento boxes I’ve made so far.
I hope you like it! 🙂
Here’s a list of the food products that I used for my Pikachu bento box:
- Gardenia Classic White Bread
- Gardenia Twiggies Pink Cake (Tutti Frutti flavor)
- Nestle Koko Krunch Cereals
- Sugo Salted Peanuts
- Windmill Gourmet Premium Cooked Ham
- Heng Bing Yaki Sushi Nori Raosted Seaweed
- Star Margarine
- Danes Cheese Slices