Mix a bit of salt into the rice if you like, add in your favorite filling, and make a 70 g oval rice ball for the face. Use about 4 g for the tail, and about 20 g for the body.
We will be stacking the head on the body later, so make a bit of an indent. You can also make an oval part for the nose using 2-3 g if you like to make it cute.
Use a tear-shaped cutter to cut out shapes from either chikuwa or satsuma age. I used chikuwa in the photo.
Put the body and then the head into the bento box, stick on the ears and tail with raw fusilli pasta (or another spiral). Use an oval punch to cut out shapes for the eyes and nose, stick them on, and it's done.
Having two is even cuter.
Here's a cute panda too.
The characters Pim and Pom are also adorable in lunch boxes with their wagging tails.
You can also make a puppy wagging its tail with round cuts of sausage.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to make a cute puppy that was wagging its tail.
This looks cute if you make the parts that are to be stacked thinner and the butt plump. The tail looks cute if you give it a bit of a curl.