On my never-ending quest to get my 4 year old son to eat more, I’ve become obsessed with making cute Bento Box lunches. This Panda and Friends Bento Box was my very first attempt and I thought surely, it was more food than he could finish for lunch. I couldn’t have been more wrong – he ate the entire box! And thus begins my new Bento Box Breakdown series where I will teach you how to make these adorable creations. I promise, it’s a lot easier than it looks!

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I purchased my supplies at the local Japanese market, but if you don’t have one near you, no worries. Everything is also available online at Amazon (links for everything you need below)!


Supplies needed

  1. Mini Round Silicone Cups
  2. Stainless Steel Vegetable Cutters
  3. Animal Egg Molds
  4. Animal Picks
  5. Panda Rice Mold Kit
  6. Bento Box

You will also need rice (I like to use individual rice bowls for convenience if I don’t already have a pot cooked) and roasted seaweed sheets (sushi nori).



To Make Animal Shaped Egg

Hard boil large (not XLarge) eggs. While still hot, peel and press into Animal Egg Molds. It’s ok if the egg is a little big and squeezes out the sides – you’ll trim these off later!

Close and place into an ice bath for about 10 minutes. Open carefully and remove from mold to use immediately. (I like to store the eggs in the refrigerator in their molds if I am not using them right away.)

Also read:  Food Styling Tips from Chris Oliver

To Make Tomato/Carrot Flowers

Slice a large carrot and use Vegetable Cutters to make shapes. Use Animal Picks to attach grape tomato to flower shape.

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Arrange everything together and you’re finished!

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