Kyaraben Bento, The Beginner’s Guide

Kyaraben Bento | Images of Kyaraben are seen posted all over Instagram and Facebook by creative mothers of young kids in today’s times. They are extremely high on visual appeal and seem very difficult. But in reality if you have the right accessories and some great inspiration then they are not as difficult as they seem. You go about it in a planned manner and following tips will help you in this regard.

Kyaraben Bento

Kyaraben Bento

Keep stock of all required ingredients

There are certain ingredients which are very helpful while packing a Kyaraben Bento and they include sliced cheese, carrots, black sesame, nori, ham, rice and eggs. Carrots and ham can be used for the cheeks of the character or they look good when used in the shape of hearts too; black sesame and nori can be used for eyes, nose, eyebrows, mouth; sliced cheese goes towards stars’ cutouts or hat or any white colored part of the character. Eggs and rice by themselves can be turned into decorative items.

Mayonnaise is another important ingredient that helps to glue individual ingredients together. Other set of ingredients for adding a dash of color that is so essential in a Kyaraben Bento are broccoli, cherry tomatoes, paprika, cherries, snow peas and so on.

It is better to always have a stock of all these at home as they can be easily used for a Kyaraben Bento recipe.

Keep the required tools on hand

Your creative work should come very close to the character you want to portray and keeping a set of accessories will ensure this. The 3 essential tools you will require are cut-out shapes or cookie cutters, delicious sprinkled seasoning and small scissors to cut out the required shapes. Small tweezers, seaweed hole-punch and rice molds also prove very useful and for added cuteness you can choose tiny toothpicks and vibrant silicone cups in the shape of animals or stars.

Start off simple

You can start off by making a simple main dish. For example, you can make a rice ogre with fleecy hair. You will require freshly cooked rice, nori seaweed, carrot, cheese, and bonito flakes and tuna soboro. Firstly prepare a triangular or circular rice ball. Use cheese to prepare its horn and stripe it with thin nori strips. Stick some nori on the bottom portion of the rice ball with the help of mayonnaise. . Use nori for the face parts like eyebrows, mouth, eyes and carrots for cheeks.Top the rice ball with bonito flakes and tuna soboro. This acts as the fleecy hair.The horn will go above the soboro. Your rice ogre with fleecy hair and a horn thereon is ready. Togo with the rice you can prepare meatballs; add a colorful salad of carrot, cherry tomatoes, cheese and cherries and your Kyaraben Bento ready.


Though Kyaraben Bento on the face of it seems to be difficult, if you have the required ingredients and tools then obtaining creative shapes become an easier task. It is also fun to pursue it as a hobby and with practice you can get around to creating some very attractive and innovative Kyaraben.