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Bamboo Bento Box (PANDA GO PANDA! | (パンダ・コパンダ) - Ghibli Food Inspired 🐼

(PANDA GO PANDA! (パンダ・コパンダ) 1978 : A children's Japanese animated film, first released in 1972. It was created by the team of Isao Takahata (director), Hayao Miyazaki (writer, layout, scene design), Yoichi Kotabe (animation director) and Yasuo Otsuka (animation director, character design). The plot follows Mimiko (ミミ子), a bright little girl left alone when her grandmother leaves on a trip to her grandfather's memorial service in Nagasaki. Making a few stops at some local stores, Mimiko comes home to her house in a bamboo grove and finds a baby panda named Panny (Pan-Chan) sleeping on the back doorstep. She quickly makes friends with the little panda, and invites him in for a drink. His father, PapaPanda, soon comes to visit, and they decide to become a family after PapaPanda offers to be Mimiko's father (Mimiko never had any parents). The three adjust to live together, while Mimiko writes the first of many letters to her grandma (who she promised to write to every day).



In one of the scene you will find Mimiko prepare bento lunch for Pan-Chan in a bamboo. Pan-Chan was so happy! The lunch set is quite simple which consists of onigiri (rice ball), tamagoyaki (Japanese egg rolls), sausages, cherry tomatoes and cheese!



ONIGIRI (RICE BALL) INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups cooked sushi rice

  • Seaweed sheet / nori (cut in rectangular shape)

  • Cling wrap (to mould the onigiri)


TAMAGOYAKI (JAPANESE EGG ROLLS) INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 eggs

  • 40ml dashi

  • 1 TBS brown sugar

  • 1/2 TSP soy sauce

  • A pinch of salt

  • Cooking oil


OTHERS INGREDIENTS:

  • Small sausages

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Cheese cubes



INSTRUCTIONS:


1. Let's first make the onigiri or rice ball. Place the cooked sushi rice on a cling wrap and form it into a triangular shape with your hand. If you do not have a cling wrap, you can also form the shape using your bare hand but make sure to wet your hands with water and rub it together with a pinch of salt. This will stop the rice from sticking to your hands and also helps to keep the rice fresher. You can also add in any filling inside the rice (tuna, meat, vegetables, etc).

2. Remove the cling wrap and place a slice of nori on the bottom of the onigiri, rough side in towards the rice. Then fold it up towards to the middle of the onigiri. Tadaa! There you have it! Cute little rice balls 🍙. Repeat the steps for the remaining rice portions and set aside.


3. Next, tamagoyaki. Gently whisk the eggs in a bowl then add in dashi, brown sugar, soy sauce and salt. Mix everything until combined. Then, heat the pan over medium heat, dip a folded kitchen paper in oil and apply to the pan.


4. Pour a thin layer of egg mixture in the pan, tilting to cover the bottom of the pan. After the bottom of the egg has set but still soft on top, start rolling into a log shape from one side to the other.

5. Move the rolled omelette to the side where you started to roll and apply oil tot he pan with a kitchen paper. Pour the egg mixture to cover the bottom of the pan again. Make sure to lift the omelette to spread the mixture underneath. When the new layer egg has set and still soft on top, start rolling from one side top the other. Repeat steps 4 - 5 for the remaining egg mixtures.


6. Once done, remove the pan and place the omelette on the cutting board and slice it into smaller pieces. If you have a sushi mat, you may place the omelette on the mat and wrap it when it is still hot. Let it stand for 3 - 5 minutes before cutting it into smaller pieces. Alright, tamagoyaki is done!

6. Last ingredients! For the sausages, cut a stripes on the surface and air fry it for 10 minutes. Done! For the cheese cubes and cherry tomatoes skewers, thread it onto a tooth pick. All done!


Place the onigiri, tamagoyaki, sausages, cherry tomatoes & cheese cubes skewers on a plate to serve right away! If you plan to pack this for lunch, you can place it on a bento box instead or in a bamboo if you have any! 🎋


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