Have Santa over for lunch or your next bento meal. Decorative bento, or deko-ben, are bento boxes using various tools and techniques to add some colourful flair and cuteness to you normal lunches. For the Christmas season, why not try making your bento a little more festive. Make Santa, Christmas trees, and other cute shapes for a bento worthy of being a present itself.
Cut out some star shapes or any other shapes that you would like to use to decorate your bento as ornaments. Carrot slices are preferred due to their ease of using with bento cutters. Next, make any of the meat dishes you want to put into your bento. These can include Japanese fried chicken, ankake meatballs, or small sausages scored with a criss-cross pattern to add a decorative finish.
• If our beginner’s bento has you inspired there are lots of cookery books with inventive bento ideas, some great for everyday bento and others for when you really want that ‘wow’ factor. Remember deco-ben are supposed to show off your decoration skills as well as your culinary prowess.