13 Dec 2012, Which came first: the chicken or the bento egg?

lunch on 13 December 2012: bbq chicken sandwich with bento egg

lunch on 13 December 2012: bbq chicken sandwich with bento egg

Today’s lunch is a protein and potassium extravaganza featuring a shredded barbecue chicken sandwich, a hard boiled egg, and half a banana. The chicken is left over from dinner last night: chicken thighs oven roasted in homemade barbecue sauce. This was the first time I used my new bento egg shaper. Adorable, no?

bear and bunny shaped bento eggs

bear and bunny shaped bento eggs

I recently ordered some bento egg shapers from allthingsforsale.com. I feel like only the Japanese could come up with such a concept. For the record, I’m a complete Japanophile and lover of all things kawaii: Murakami’s art, Hello Kitty, Harajuku street style, and cute food. And, my lord, aren’t these shaped eggs almost too cute to eat? My kids didn’t think so, as they gobbled them up immediately after I took this photo, which meant I had to boil more eggs for today’s lunch. Making shaped eggs is actually surprisingly simple. You boil eggs as you normally would, then you peel them while they’re still hot (run them under cold water, so you can handle them), press them into the egg mold, and let them chill in the fridge. Open the egg mold and behold the cuteness.

bento egg molds

bento egg molds

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