We just love to share fun finds — and these Disney Bento Boxes are so unique! These homemade creations really take edible art to a whole new level.
Bento artist Mike Kravanis told us that his interest in bentos started after trips to Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland:
“I was amazed by the adorable and creative food both resorts served. Tokyo Disney had sandwiches shaped like Donald Duck’s feet, melon buns shaped like Mike Wazowski, and sweet mochi chicks in Mickey egg cups. At Hong Kong Disneyland we ate at the Crystal Lotus, which is home to the most amazing character-shaped dining experience. They offer dim sum shaped like characters, including the Three Little Pigs, Chicken Little, Duffy the Bear, and the Little Green Men from Toy Story.”
While in Japan, Mike bought a couple of bento boxes as motivation to take his lunch to work. He had a bad habit of eating out of the vending machine, or worse, skipping lunch all together.
When Mike decided to try his hand at making a character bento, a.k.a. kyaraben, it quickly evolved into a hobby and creative outlet. “Bentos bring a bit of Disney park food fun to my daily lunch.”
Onigiri are normally a triangle or round “rice ball” filled with fish or pickled ginger. They sell them in convenience stores like they sell sandwiches in the United States.
The characters in Mike’s bentos are onigiri. They are balled up rice with a filling. “I replace the traditional raw fish with cooked tuna or salmon. I mix the filling with a little mayonnaise and spices. My favorite filling is a crab and cream cheese. I also use leftovers for filling. Leftover take out curries make perfect fillings!”
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Can you imagine making edible Disney art for lunch? Which bento box is your favorite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.