Add a little oil (not listed) to a pan and heat, then stir-fry the rice. Fry a little, then add the butter, ketchup, and salt. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.
Once it's cooled, use plastic wrap to shape thin, long logs. Make two logs the same length, and two short ones. Arrange them on the wrap as shown.
Squeeze them together to make a pumpkin shape. Place in a prepared bento box, cut two 2cm strips of cucumber and gently place them at the top to make the stem.
Affix the eyes, nose, mouth shapes on pieces of sliced cheese. Place them on the rice and it's done!
Story Behind this Recipe
It's almost Halloween! I can hardly wait to make this bento.
It's better to make ketchup rice with warm rice so you can shape it without it crumbling. If you don't have any cheese, just use the nori for the eyes and mouth. (Affix the nori parts after the rice has cooled). Ketchup rice tends to stain the bento box, so we place an antibacterial sheet (or plastic wrap) under the rice.