Bentolicious #053
I was not making any bento yesterday because I couldn't sleep well on Sunday night. I slept around 2 AM and woke up around 5AM. 3 hours sleep really made me 'crazy' on Monday morning, so decided to just asked the kids to get lunch from the school catering. This morning I was really tempted for not making any bento but finally I made this quick Dear Daniel & Hello Kitty bento for the kids. I left the face parts on the kitchen table which I actually planned to decorate it after I took my camera from upstairs. The kids asked me whether they can decorate the parts of the face while I was preparing my camera. Because of the magic word 'please' then I let them to decorate the face for both Dear Daniel & Hello Kitty. Tadaaa ... this bento was our sweet collaboration ;) Inside the box : pan fried dori fish with Indonesian basic yellow spices, cherry tomatoes, and slices of cakwe (Chinese doughnut), and pea pods.

Basic Yellow Spices is easy to made and can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 months.
If you want to cook, take a little extra seasoning and add bay leaf, pandan leaf, or orange leaf.
100 grams pecan
150 grams garlic
500 grams onion
25 grams turmeric
20 grams ginger
20 grams galangal
1 tablespoon ground pepper
2.5 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
150 ml oil for the blend
50 ml oil for sauteing

>> Blend all ingredients except sugar and oil for sauteing.
>> Heat the oil for sauteing, stir-fry spices till fragrant.
Add sugar, stir-fry briefly, remove and let cool.
>> Put it in jars, ready for use.


This bento looks great and the kids did a wonderful job. Thanks for the recipe for the Basic Yellow Spices. It sounds so good, but can it be used other than on fish. I am allergic to fish and can't go near anything to do with it.


@backonthealex : Thanks a lot Kathryn for the sweet comment and for visiting my blog! The basic yellow spices can be used for marinating the chicken and pork too. You can fried/bake/pan fried/grill after the meats marinated for 1 hour. I usually make the chicken satay with this spices too :) Hope you can try it.

beautiful bento lia -- you should be so proud of your creative kids! they did a wonderful job! and the yellow spices recipe looks AMAZING!!

So Sweet looking :)

Another swoon-worthy bento! Love it! Excited by the Yellow Spices recipe, sounds amazingly aromatic and perfect for seafood! Thanks Lia for sharing your bento beauty with us :)

Looks gorgeous as always.. What is the pink flower made of?

Aww they did a great job with the faces! What a nice and tasty collaboration!

@megan : Thanks a lot Megan! Yes, so proud of them ... hope they can help me again next time :)

@Anncoo : Thanks a lot Anncoo!

@bentobird : Thanks a lot Jenn for your kind words! Glad that you like it :)

@Angi : Thanks a lot Angi! The pink flower is from kamaboko, I just roll it up ;)

@Jenn : Thanks a lot Jenn! The kids will be happy to read your comment :)

You and your kids did a great collaboration job! :D
I love the way Daniel and Kitty holding the heart and the flower, they look so adorable!

Beautiful hello kitty bento! It is super cute like always lia! Hope you're having a better week. Get some sleep!

@Kids Dream Work : Thanks a lot! Happy to read your nice comment :)

@BentoBeginner : Thanks a lot for the kind words! I will have to cut my coffee too hehehe ... :)

Wow, what a fun project for them to decorate their own bento... they're so lucky to have a mom with all the talent to provide the cute bento for them to help! I love those spice flavors too, making my mouth water just to read about them!
I love her little rose. I always admire yours and think I have to try to learn it one of these days...
Beautiful one, Lia! I bet they hope to do another tomorrow :)

Mbak lia,

i adored ur bento creativity :)
Plus beauty photograph.
It looks perfecto as always.

The kids did such a great job helping! What a cute bento. :D

@sherimiya : Thanks a lot Sheri! Once in a while is fun to have the kids participating in bento making. Hope they are not making too much 'please' in the kitchen hahaha ... :)

@The Bargowo : Thanks a lot Mbak for the nice comment. Very appreciate it :)

@susanyuen : Thanks a lot Susan!

This really is quite lovely. You are so talented!

@Melanie : Thanks a lot Melanie!

I also get crazy when I have only 3hours sleep haha.
The dish looks so yummy and really lovely bento as always. Your kids also great bentoists!! ^0^

@babyskins : Thanks a lot Izumi for the sweet comment (^.^)

Yoohooo, great job Kids! :D. Yup, basic yellow spices are quite versatile Mbak Lia. I think it also goes well with tempeh & tofu and certain veggies, yum yum! :D

@tatabonita : Agree Ta! Basic yellow spices is great for fried tempeh & tofu and veggie pickles too. Thanks a lot Ta :)

love the boy-girl kitties but what really caught my attention is the leaf looking pod. It's sooo pretty :)

@noobcook : Thanks a lot for your kind words Wiffy!

I want hello kitty. Im kinda missing my childhood.

@Indonesia-Eats : Hehehe ... the Hello Kitty is all yours ;)