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Kimono Rice Dolls Bento

March 3rd is Hinamatsuri in Japan! Also known as girl's day or doll's day.
People display dolls that depict people in the imperial court.
At today's bento class, I taught how to make Emperor and Empress dolls in kimono.
Read this article to learn more about this festival↓↓

I also posted the steps to make this bento on Japan Up! Magazine March'15 issue.
Please pick up the magazine if you live in LA or OC!!!


How To Make Japanese Rice In a Rice Cooker or On the Stove

Alice in wonderland theme bento! Will teach how to make this bento in my upcoming class.

Rice is a good source of energy and the base for Japanese style bento.
Especially rice balls with delicious fillings are loved by everyone!
The best rice to use for rice balls is Short grain rice ,aka sushi rice.  It holds shapes well.
To make tasty rice balls, flavor rice by adding some salt to cooked rice.
For fillings, you can put anything that goes well with rice.

Rice Cooker

1. Measure rice by using the measuring cup that came with your rice cooker. Rinse rice gently and pour water. Repeat until water becomes less white. *For brown rice, wash like rubbing each grain. About 2 times.

2. Drain water and fill clean water  to the water measure line. (for 1 cup of rice, fill to the line 1)
Close lid and soak rice for about 30 mins to 1 hour. *For brown rice, soak for at least 5 hours. If in summer, place it in a fridge.

3. Press the start button and cook rice. When cooked, keep the lid closed and let it sit for about 15mins to steam.

On the Stove

1.  Rice : Water ratio is
150g uncooked rice : 200ml water
300g uncooked rice: 400ml water
*For brown rice
150g uncooked rice:270ml water
300g uncooked rice:540ml water

2. Wash rice (see step 1 above) and drain well. Add the measured water and soak. ( see step 2 above)

Another Way To Measure Water
Weight rice before soaking water. (Let's say it's 300g) Wash and soak rice with a plenty of water. (No need to measure the soaking water) After soaking, drain the water and add the same weight of fresh water as the original rice. For this example, add 300 g water.


3. Place a lid and boil over medium-heat. You can slightly open the lid to check if it's boiling, but try not to open the lid as less as possible. Turn down to low-heat and cook for about 10mins for white rice, 30mins for brown rice.

4. Turn off the heat and keep the lids on for about 15 mins to steam.
 *if rice is too hard or too soft, adjust the water amount next time.


Bread Rolls Cars

Japanese bakeries are the best! I think...
One of the bread that I can't find at local grocery stores is this butter rolls.
It's nice and very soft.
I made potato salad and stuffed in the rolls. Potato salad sandwiches are popular in Japan!
I boiled quail eggs and created cute drivers for the car bread rolls.
I will teach this bento in my next class at Tokyo Central in Costa Mesa on 3/15!
It's free, but you need to sign up at the store.
Please visit the store for more details!!!!

Tokyo Central
  • 2975 Harbor Blvd
  • Costa Mesa Ca 92626

Potato Salad

400g  Potatoes
1    Cucumber
1/2  Carrot
1/2 Onion
4~6tbs  Mayonnaise
a littel Salt and pepper

1. Peel potatoes and boil in salted water until soft.
2. Mash the potatoes and let it cool.
3. Thinly slice each vegetable and massage with a little salt.
4. Mix mashed potatoes, vegetables and mayonnaise. 


Football Valentine Bento

Happy Valentine's Day!!!
My husband is not a big fun of sweets, so made beef soboro and packed in a bento box with rice.
I got this bento box at Daiso and it was only $1.50! I love Daiso!!!
Hope he likes it<3

Beef Soboro


300g  Ground Beef
10g    Minced ginger
3tbs Sugar
3tbs Soy sauce
3tbs Sake
2tbs Mirin

1. Add all the ingredients but Mirin in a pan and cook and stir until only a little liquid left.
2. Add mirin and cook until cooked

My next bento class is on 2/28 at Tokyo Central in Costa Mesa, but I heard that it's already full..
Thank you!!!
The next after this will be on 3/15. Please check the ad at the store:)


Character Bento Contest

Win a flight to Tokyo!!!!


February Character Bento

Since February has Setsubun, the bean throwing festival, I made Oni (demon) and Otafuku (Goddess of Happiness) bento for the February issue of Japan Up! magazine .

 It's on P.21

Please pick up the magazine at a Japanese market or restaurant in LA!