This Stay at Home Mom Creates The Most Adorable Bentos You Ever Did See


We wish our mom was this cool. Singapore based stay-at-home mother, Li Ming, has been whipping up charabens, or character bentos, since 2011. She started packing these adorable lunches as a way to cheer up her older son when he started elementary school. Cue the “awws”.

Ming draws her lunch inspiration from video games, books, and even movies. Besides character bentos, she also makes character based dishes such as Totoro Cream Puffs, Bear Pizza, or even the Spam Pig Pita as seen below.

Almost to adorable to nom on, these insanely darling dishes can be made at home with Ming’s tutorials found on her website, Bento Monsters. Peep more of Ming’s cute creations below.



H/T Laughing Squid + PicThx Bento Monsters

Packaged Food

DOPE: Seaweed Cupcake Wrappers


Fashioned for bento, those often intricate and colorful homemade Japanese lunches, these “Ready-to-eat Nori Cups” make for a clever way to pack your lunch.

Normally, the wrappers used to keep flavors separate within bento boxes are made from paper or plastic. These edible seaweed cupcake wrappers keep waste to a minimum, acting as both a container for various foods and a tasty post-lunch snack.


According to RocketNews24, the packages contain 56 cups and include small rectangular shapes, plus a dozen more small, medium and floral designs.


You can fill them with everything from cut up veggies to onigiri rice balls (below):


While we’re a bit iffy on the thought of making actual cupcakes with these seaweed wrappers, we wouldn’t be opposed to some type of savory cake combo. Swoop them here for your next (dessert) lunch.

Picthx RocketNews24


Watch this Super Mario Bento Box Tutorial [Video]

While we at Foodbeast adore sloppy hotmesses, we also have a place in our hearts for meticulous bento box art. Especially when it comes in the form of one of our favorite video game superheros. Yes, we’re talking about Mario, the mustachioed man whose noble bravery and heroism saved Princess Peach and the Mushroom Kingdom. Swoon.

So, for a bit of nostalgia and fun food eats, here’s a tutorial on how to lunch with Mario and his motley crew.

via Laughing Squid


Pimp Your Lunch With The Top 10 Holiday Bento Box Countdown

The end of the year means a lot of things: colder weather, time off school, seasonal coffee cups. More recently, it’s meant making ALL THE HOLIDAY-BASED BENTO BOXES, and these tiny, edible works of art are too good to pass up. Since you can’t really find them hanging in a gallery anywhere, we’ve decided to collect a few of our favorites here. Foodbeast presents the Holiday BentoBox  Countdown.

10. Rudolph, the PB&J reindeer. He’s got a very berry nose. (Get it?)


9. Christmas Ornaments. Way better than that storage box you have.


8. Frosty, the Bagelman.


 7. Starry Night. Oooh, pretty colors.


6. The Hanukkah Box. Like the song, but with more food.


5. Diwali Bento. The lunchbox of light.


4. Pilgrim Bento. The first Thanksgiving, 21st century style.


3. Dradle, Dradle, Dradle, we made you out of cheese.


2. Cornucopia: Thanksgiving-in-a-box.


1. Christmas Tree, how lovely is your broccoli.


Bonus! Happy New Year!


Here’s How to Make Mushroom-Stuffed Hamburger and French Toast Salad Bentos

Because bentos, if you haven’t heard, are like portable, portion-controlled Asian boxes of awesome.

And, since these recipes only take 10 minutes, they’re the perfect way to ready your school lunches for the next couple of weeks. You know, until you get lazy, say “screw it” and decide to go to McDonald’s everyday instead.

Mushroom-Stuffed Hamburger

Serves 1
  • 3 oz. (80 g) ground beef and pork mix
  • Vegetable oil
Mixture A:
  • 1/2 bag enoki mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 fresh shiitake mushroom, minced
  • 2 quail  eggs
  • 2 Tbsp panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/6 onion, grated
  • Dash each salt, pepper
Mixture B:
  • 1 Tbsp each ketchup, Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp white wine
  1. In a bowl, combine ground meat and mixture A and knead together. Divide into thirds and shape into patties.
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a frying pan and cook patties over high heat for 30 seconds, then turn heat to low and cook for 3 minutes. Flip patties and repeat.
  3. Add mixture B and bring to a boil, thoroughly coating burgers in the sauce.

Mini Sunny-Side Up Eggs

Serves 1
  • 2 quail eggs
  • Lettuce, vegetable oil, salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add quail eggs and fry sunny-side up. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lettuce.

Arrange: Add cooked rice to bento box. Top with hamburgers, fried eggs and lettuce.

French Toast

Serves 1
  • 1 slice bread
  • Butter, vegetable oil
Soy Sesame Dressing:
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • Dash each salt, pepper
  1. Combine Soy Sesame Dressing in pan. Cut bread into bite-size pieces and soak thoroughly in dressing.
  2. Heat 1 tsp each butter and oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add toast and cook until browned on both sides.

Green Salad

Serves 1
  • 1 oz. (30 g) arugula
  • 3 sprigs watercress
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
Onion Dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp grated onion
  • Dash each salt, pepper
  1. Shred arugula and watercress into bite-size pieces. Remove stems from cherry tomatoes and slice in half.
  2. Combine Onion Dressing ingredients.

Arrange: Add French toast to bento box. Add salad. Pour dressing into a separate container to add to salad before eating.

From Ten-Minute Bento © 2007 Megumi Fujii. Photography by Shigeki Aoto (Kodansha Photography Department. Published by Vertical, Inc. New York.


Wooden Sushi Playset

These adorable wooden toys from Melissa & Doug will show children (and maybe even some adults) just how much fun sushi can be. The set includes two different rolls, four types of nigiri, a small bowl of soy sauce and even some wasabi and ginger. The segments of the two rolls stick together with velcro dots. When you slice them with the cleaver, the sound of velcro pulling apart makes it sound like they’re really being cut. The set comes packed in its own black lacquer bento box, complete with matching chopsticks. ($16.01 @ Amazon)



Sanrio Bento Boxes

The talented minds over at MyMealBox have just unveiled their latest piece of work for one of their clients in the form of these delectable Sanrio-themed bento boxes. The bento filling on these pieces are comprised of fried noodles, a couple pieces of chicken nuggets, broccoli chunk, a quail egg and strawberry jelly.


Winnie the Pooh Bento Box

Winnie the Pooh is a character often overlooked by the foodie community but this bento box make sure that trend didn’t continue! Again made by the spectacular artists at mymealbox, this Pooh box (terrible pun) is made with a combination base of pasta and eggs, the little facial details ade of brown colored pasta and the yellow of egg sheets. The red parts of Pooh were made of red colored pasta with the entire face sitting on a contrasting bed of white rice. I don’t know about you guys, but I want to hit this entire box with a heavy drizzle of Sriracha and go to town. Eat on FOODBEASTS. Eat on.