Friday, April 29, 2011

Braised Ee Fu Noodles

Bento No. 69
This is the first time I prepared braised Ee Fu noodles for my boy with oyster sauce, dried shitaki mushroom, diced chicken breast, carrot and spring onion.  Ee-Fu noodles is supposed to cook with yellow chives and mushroom traditionally.  I did not buy yellow chives during my marketing trip last Sunday as it is a last minute decision.  In fact, I bought the Ee Fu noodles from a grocery shop near my neighbourdhood yesterday only.  Then I throw in some edamame and also french bean stick to make letters out of it.  His name of course ! :)  His usual fruits i.e. strawberry and grapes.  Can you see the pink flamingo I pictured on top of the lunchbox?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Inside-Out salmon sushi

Bento No. 68
There is a packet of seaweed flakes in my fridge which I bought it some time ago. I decided to make inside-out salmon sushi with Japanese cucumber and sprinkled the seaweed flakes on the white rice instead of the usual sesame seeds.  Some edamame on the satay stick..  And a basket of fruits of black grapes and a strawberry with a little piggie and some musical notes foodpicks in the middle of the lunchbox.  Hehe, I'm trying to create a different 'feel' and interesting way to eat for my son.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Brown doggie

Bento No. 67

 Brown rice doggie!  Yap, my son likes brown rice more than the normal white rice.  So I made a doggie onigiri with its ears cut from carrot, the eyes and muzzel from seaweed and the rest from cheddar cheese.  He is not fond of whole tomato too.  But I still packed in his lunchbox and hopefully, he might take a bite.  He has baked salmon in teriyaki saurce, blanched broccolli, black grapes and a strawberry.

Watching my son grows up fit and healthy each day is my greatest achievement thus far.  Also means that I have aged too!  I have lived for more than a decade and suddenly, I become dreadful about the idea of growing old.......Why bother.. probably I am too busy with my boy's homework and exams to dread about it. Gotta know this site which is very useful in preparation for our little ones

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fried Egg and Cheese Sandwich

Bento No. 66
I have been nursing my flu over the weekends. The bug originated from Papa, then passed on to my son and followed by myself.  Still went out together as family except on Sunday which Papa brought my son to ice-cream eating without me :(  Anyway, I was too tired to go out.  So I went for a stroll around my neighbourdhood with my dog whilst they enjoyed their ice creams somewhere.  Jealous! My boy has ice cream almost every weekends. Guess, that explains why he has put on some weight lately.  Now, he stands at 102 m and weighs 17.5kg.  At least, he expands both vertically as well as horizontally...

Here is another boring sandwich bento because my creativity juice has not kicked in yet and still feeling lethargic.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Bento No. 65
The Zoo is welcoming its pairs of Panda next year 2012 and concidentally, the male has the same name as my son.  We can't wait to see these cute furry little fellows.  Here is a panda bento which consisted of soya sauce honey baked drumlette, fried tofu, fried egg with long bean and black plums.  I half the portion of the white rice today because I don't think he could eat that much due to his running and stuffing nose.  Papa was sick the last two days and has since recovered but passed the flu bug to my son :(  As a result, my boy has a sleepless night with nightmares.  Was it due to the drama performed by the teachers yesterday that frightened my boy?  I heard from the Auntie Susan that he was the only one crying watching the drama.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Bento No. 64
Easter is around the corner!  The school has a 'hunting chocolate egg' day  in the premises.  To mark the occasion, I made bunnies from cheese and apples.  And easter eggs??...mmmm.... not really just green edammame.  He has spagetti for lunch and meaty tomato sauce with button mushroom.  I packed his favourite vitagen drink to go along with it.  He is so happy to see it in his lunchbag :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Bento No. 63
 It's the first time my boy has fried rice with ham and mixed vegetable and also the first time, I prepared it for his lunch.  I crafted out a giraffe from emmental and cheddar cheese and placed a piece of chinese parsely which looks like it is munching the leaves.  And a giraffe and some musical notes foodpicks on his fruits which consisted of black plums and green kiwi.  Below is a close up of the giraffe. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Baby Dino

Bento No. 62
It's dinosaur again! A baby dino in his bento today. It is made of emmental cheese, dotted with nori pieces and black sesame for its eyes.  My son has char siew, blanched broccolli, a cherry tomatoes, black plum and grapes. To make the dino stand out on the white rice, I sprinkled some pork floss on it.

My boy is three years old now and people has been telling me he should try all kinds of food.  As a mother, I have been very mindful and always cautiously looked out for labels containing artificial colourings, preservatives, high sodium in content, spam and deep-fried food.  Noting that hotdog and ham are a rare treat in my household. I guess it will take me a while to accept the fact that my son has grown up and he is supposed to eat all the food like adults.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Timmy time

Bento No. 61
I bought some pita bread in one of the bakery near my son's preschool.  Confirming with the cashier that it is made with wheatgerm, I happily paid the money.  Disappointment!  First, it is not made of wheatgerm but herbs (taste like focaccia bread instead).  Second, there is no pocket when I slit open.  Sceptical that my son would like it.  I asked him to try it first prior day before I packed for his lunch today.  Oh, surprisingly, he likes it!  

Now his lunch, we have some leftover teriyaki chicken from last night dinner.  Hence, I stuffed the leftover chickens with lettues, tomatoes, yellow onions, green pepper which I mixed the salad with only ketchup dressing.  (Since there is no pocket, just cut open) And I made 'Timmy" the little lamb and sticked it on top of the pita bread.  Thanks to Susan Yuen from Hawaii's Bento Box Cookbook which gave me the idea!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Monkeys see stars....

Bento No. 60
  Since we have gone for the Jungle Breakfast at the Zoo last week for his birthday.  I made a pair of monkeys with brown rice.  The facial expression is punched out from Carla Craft puncher.  They are of better quality than those I bought from Daiso because the nori usually sticks to the puncher and does not come clean in nice shape.  I think I gonna to search for new seaweed puncher for multi-purpose.  His bento lunch consisted of orange, black grapes, green kiwi, two cauliflower florets, star carrots, teriyaki chicken (my version) and some asparagus.

Yesterday, my boy has fried mee hoon and a fried egg.  I have ran out of idea and after I completed his bento.  My son asked "What is this?"  Haha...

Bento No. 59

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuna salad sushi

Bento No. 58

I have not been making sushi last few weeks and you can see the ingredients are overflowed. Not because of the widely broadcast Japanese tainted with radiation products.  But I run out of white rice :P Singapore is very strict with food safety and we still went to Japanese restaurants for lunches or dinners.  We love Japanese food! 

My boy's lunch consists of tuna salad sushi (with carrots, cucumbers and tuna mayo), blanched green beans, black grapes and oranges.  The usual sushi bento.

I took a picture of his new lunchbag and water bottle.  His favourites; dinos and trains.  Boys are boys  though....

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dinosaurs Birthday Cake

Finally, this is the dinosaurs chocolate birthday cake I baked for my boy's birthday with avocado cream cheese frosting I brought it to his preschool for celebration.  The cake looks fresh with its army green avocado and orange icing and the cute dinosaurs in the morning.  But the icing melts and lighten the orange colour.  Overall, the most important is my son likes it.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Brown bear

Bento No. 57
Another brown bear for the bento today. The brown bear is made of brown rice and I think it looks more expressive than my previous bear bento.  I must confess that I have overloaded too much food in his lunchbox and there were leftovers of broccolli and carrots when I checked his lunchbox after school.  Beside the vegetables, he finished the baked salmon and tamagoyaki. Because these two dishes are his favourites!

Mommy is so stressful and exhausted today doing all the preparation for his birthday celebration at school tomorrow.  Keep reminding myself if I have forgotten anything.  Honestly, I rather bake a cake at my leisure time without timeline.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sailboat and Fishes

Bento No. 56
I received my parcel from speedpost which I ordered from Amazon on Sunday and so excited I was, that I forgotten to thank the postman :P He actually called my mobile before delivery!  I bought the Yum-Yum Bento Box book, a panda bento box and dinosaur lunchbag.  The dino lunch bag is a gift for my son.  My son loves it so much and can't keep his hands off.  He brought it to school today.

He has flat noodles stirred fried with pork tenderlion, wong bok, fish cake, mushroom, crabstick in oyster sauce.  I placed the noodles in a separate container and decorated it with fishes (cut from crabstick), sugar bean and carrot supposedly are the seaweed and starfish!  Plus a sailboat I made from fish cake.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Brown cow - Mooooo

Bento No. 55
Unfazed by his 'unpleasant' reaction to the previous cow bento, I determined to make another one for my son! A brown cow instead  (because I have run out of white rice...haha!).  It's ear and muzzle were cut out from crabstick.  Its nostril and eyes were punched out from the seaweed.  It's horn is made of carrot.  To recap the bad experience over his cow bento previously, my boy was punished to face the wall after spilling his lunchbox.  The look and feel of the bento does really matter to this little boy...

He has blanched broccolli, carrot, fried egg tofu (seems like I always put it in his bento), seasoned minced meat and papaya (which I placed it in another box).  Guess what, he finished all his food!  I'm so glad he loves this hilarious looking cow!