Wednesday, September 30, 2009
my kitchen/japanese: cute seaweed smiley faces from HANDS TAILUNG
Have you ever seen those pictures of those really creative bentos? Just google "cute Japanese bento" and you'll see what I mean. So when I happened upon the plethora of kawaii! plastic goodies from Japan at Hands Tailung, I oohed and aahed and giggled.
You could make Winnie the Pooh or Hello Kitty shaped toast...
Bear, bunny, fish or car shaped hard boiled eggs...
Or as you could see up top, smiley faces for your rice balls, inari sushi or whatever the heck you want.
You can see which one I picked. I would have bought more, but the Sogo price was a bit steeper than I would have liked to have paid.
Not that creative? You could just put the food in a kawaii bento box and be done with it.
For all my panda friends...
When I was a kid growing up in Indiana and Southern California, my lunch was leftovers from dinner before, usually rice and veggies and some meat. Other kids would say, what's that? Sometimes in curiosity and sometimes in faux disgust. I remember trading nori seaweed strips for Doritos.
But then I worked in my elementary school's cafeteria as a student helper in exchange for free lunch everyday and giving extra crinkle cut french fries to my friends. I ended up growing up on sloppy joes, country fried steak, pepperoni pizza lunches and 15 cent ice cream sandwiches, in addition to the fried dumplings and braised pork and mushrooms over rice my parents would make for dinner.
So making these smiley faces brings out the kid in me...
Sure you could spend hours cutting them out by hand, but a sharp punch is much faster... Just punch, punch, punch and assemble. You could also mix and match the eyes and smiles. You could use a regular craft punch too, but I've never seen smiley face ones before.
When I make the boiled eggs, I'll give it a post as well. I ended up buying these at a much cheaper price at a little discount store on ZhongXiao near Pizza Hut that I like to shop at.
You can find a lot of other cute and random stuff here that you never knew you needed- browse at your own risk.
No. 39 FuXing S Rd, Sec. 1, 6F
Xinyi Mistsukoshi A4, 5F
No. 19, Song Gao Rd
No. 12 NangJing W Rd, 9F
No. 45, ZhongXiao E Rd, Sec 4,10F
TienMu Sogo department store
No77, Zhong-Shan N Rd, Sec 6,7F