Mix the eggs, sugar, soy sauce and dashi stock together, and make a tamagoyaki (rolled omelette).
Put it on a sushi mat lined with plastic wrap while still hot.
Put a pair of chopsticks (that are square shaped at the thick end if possible) on top of the tamagoyaki with the ends pointing in opposite ends. The total thickness of the 2 chopsticks should be as even as possible.
Adjust the chopsticks so that they sink into the tamagoyaki. Wrap the tamagoyaki with the sushi mat, secure with rubber bands and leave until cool.
If the tamagoyaki has become cat-shaped, they're good to go.
Cut into slices that are as thick as you want. Make the eyes and nose with black sesame seeds and the mouth with a piece of shio-konbu. Done! Each one has a different expression!
They're even cuter with cheeks.
If you put three of these in a bento, it becomes really fun and colorful.
I tried turning the rather misshapen bits upright to make tadpoles. The red color on these is umeboshi.
I used brown sugar in these, and they turned into tan colored kittens!
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to make a heart shaped tamagoyaki (rolled omelette) but I messed up. But when I looked at my failed attempt, I thought "It looks like a cat!!" So I added a face with sesame seeds and shio-konbu...and it was ultra-cute! Ever since it's become a bento standard in our house. Failure is at the root of every success.