Today’s bento is Ni Hao, Kai-Lan!
This comes on Nick Junior TV every morning and its super jolly music gets me off to a happy start! I love the cute characters in this show: there’s a tiger, a monkey, a koala and a rhinoceros who flies about attached to a balloon. They are the epitome of “kawaii” !
You can read about Ni Hao, Kai-Lan in this Wikipedia entry
And this is what all the characters look like together Ni Hao Kai-Lan
The hair, eyebrows and eyelashes are Nori seaweed, the red flowers are cheese and the eyes are boiled egg white, cheese with brown food colouring, nori and egg white again. At the right hand side is some macaroni with egg mayonaise and decorated with more cheese and carrot flowers of various colours. The cheese that I use is Gouda pre-sliced. It is on a bed of “Feldsalat” which translates to Field Salad or Field Lettuce, and Wikipedia has just informed me that it is also known as Corn salad, Valerianella locusta, Lewiston cornsalad, lamb’s lettuce, mâche, and rapunzel.
I carved the words “Ni Hao Kai-Lan” into an apple wedge using my trusty pergamano needle pen.
Ni Hao, Kai Lan was created by Karen Chau. This is the link to the official website