Wiener Sausage Koinobori (Flying Carp)

Wiener Sausage Koinobori (Flying Carp)

This is a decorative item for a Children's Day themed bento or lunch. These sausage are made easily by using a straw to make the cuts.

Ingredients: 2 koinobori (flying carp)

Wiener sausages
Sliced cheese
as needed
Nori seaweed
as needed
Long pasta (e.g. spaghetti)
1 strand uncooked
Corn kernel


1. Cut a straw in half, and cut one of the halves in half again.
2. Bake the strand of pasta in a toaster oven until golden brown.
3. Make cuts in the sausage with the straw bits. You only need to make shallow cuts. Make any straight cuts with a knife.
4. This is how it looks after boiling for 1 minute.
5. Cut either end of the sausage while seeing how well balanced it is.
6. Make small cuts for the eyes with a round uncut straw.
7. Use one of the cut straws to dig out the eye holes.
8. Cut out the sliced cheese using the round uncut straw.
9. Insert the cheese into the sausage eye sockets.
10. Pierce the sausage with the baked pasta, and decorate with the corn kernel. A pick would be cute too.
11. Punch out the eye pupils from nori seaweed using a nori punch, and stick onto the cheese.

Story Behind this Recipe

I was trying to figure out how to make the scales easily on sausage koinobori.