Bentolicious #089
Two little brown bears for today's bento. They were made of rice - hand molded - and covered with hana katsuobushi. I put some beef sausages filled with carrots in the center and cooked with beef stock sauce, sliced kumquat, a small cup of salted edamame, and a small cup of pearl corn.
We wanted to watch Moscow Circus on Friday afternoon but unfortunately the show tickets were sold out. My husband ended up buying the tickets for Sunday afternoon. So we finally went and watched the circus yesterday afternoon.

The kids were already excited since the morning before we went to the church for the Sunday service. Just before we went to the circus, Andrew suddenly looked very ill - he has been coughing and having cold since early this week. We were so worried that if we canceled the trip to the circus, the kids would be greatly disappointed. So we prayed and asked him to take a nap on the trip from the church to the circus. Thanks God that he was better after having his lunch.

So the show was on! It was a fun experience for the kids - they have never been to one. My husband actually insisted to watch this circus because he believed that it would be a lasting memory for the kids - like when he or myself watched a circus a long time when we were kids. It was a memorable experience.

The show only lasted for 1.5 hours - they had clown performances, acrobatic shows and animal shows - the kids enjoyed all of them. Audrey was particularly thrilled with the acrobatic performance. There was one elastic little girl - her body moved as if her bones were made of rubber :) The kids were also amazed with the flying trapeze.
Below are some of the pictures that I took from the circus.


Cute bears! The katsuobushi is so good for fur :)
Glad you all had so much fun at the circus! The performers are so unusually talented aren't they?

The pair of teddy bears look do fluffy that I feel like touching them! As usual, your bento is always so nice and colourful and yummy! :)
The circus certainly look interesting, that reminds me of I should bring my boy for one yeah!

Beautiful bento Lia! Love the two bears!

Glad that Andrew was fine to watch the circus else he will not be happy to have to miss it! Looks like you guys had a great weekend!

What a great idea with the hana katsuobushi and the bears! I first thought you covered them with panko ^_^ I love all the photos from the circus, too! You are a very talented photographer! <3

Interesting circus!

The two little bears look so cute. Can tell one is female and the other one is male.
I've not been to the circus for a long time and the ticket for Moscow circus is quite expensive here.

@sherimiya : Thanks a lot Sheri! Yup, the performers are so talented. Glad that we took the kids to the show :)

@Kids Dream Work : Thanks a lot Ai Ping! Hope they are also performing in Malaysia for their Asia tour :)

@Angeleyes : Thanks a lot Alice! Lucky we didn't cancel it or else the kids really would dissapointed :)

@Token : Thanks a lot Token! It looks like covered with panko, doesn't it? I was lucky my seat on the right spot hehehehe :)

@prince n princess mum : Thanks a lot!

@Anncoo : Thanks a lot Ann! So they are performing in Singapore too? That's great! We got a good deal on buy 1 get 1 free from the BCA (local bank) credit card :)

Cute pair of little brown bears in the box..:P.. Your kids must be enjoy in the circus, those performances look great..^^

@Rachel Hei : Thanks a lot Rachel! Yes, they enjoyed so much :)

I was wondering how you got the bears looking so fluffy : great use of the katsuobushi. It seems you all had a great time at the circus. I'm sure the kids will cherish this memory.

wow, the circus looks like it was spectacular! so glad andrew was well enough to go and that he and audrey enjoyed.

these bears are a perfect post-circus celebration -- i agree with sheri, the katsuobushi makes fantastic fur, and to me the little cups (holding the edamame and corn) are like the rings of the circus or the platforms that the performers stand up on.

the sausage also looks tasty -- did you make it that way yourself with the carrots inside?

Hi Lia,
What's hana katsuobushi?does it taste like beef floss?..can you easily find in jkt?
it's beautiful as usual.
Wow, you managed to capture the performance so the circus pictures.

@Ceinwyn/Ingrid : Thanks a lot Ingrid! Yes ... this is sure something that they will remember :)

@megan : Aww ... thanks a lot Megan! You are so sweet! I wanted to make the clown but gave up because that would need a lot of cutting. So just went ahead with these hand molded bears. I cut the sausage and the carrot with the same cutter and made the combination. The sausage left over from the cutting went to the fried rice for my lunch :D

@Deby Suwito : Thanks a lot Deby! Hana katsuobushi is called ikan cakalang asap in Indonesia. You can find it in Japanese supermarket, they sell it in small and big packs.

I love it!! Looks like a great time at the circus. I can't believe you hand-molded the rice.. talk about talented! Great circus shots..

@Chantale : Thanks a lot Chantale! As long as the shapes are round or oval I still can manage it hehehe :D

the bear is cute, cant believe u can make it by hand!!!!really amazing ^_^

Adorable little bears! They look so happy in the bento!

The circus looks like a lot of fun!

they are gorgeous!

@仪仪妈咪 : Thanks a lot 仪仪妈咪 for your kind comment (^.^)

@Jenn : Thanks a lot Jenn!

@Sneige : Thanks a lot Sneige!

Yummy twin bears :D. Mbak Lia, what is hana katsuobushi? I first thought you coated the bears with toasted bread crumbs. Glad to know that the whole family had a fun time with the circus *lucky you all, I only knew it from advertisement on TV hehe*. Hadoooohh... liat pipinya si Neng Audrey jadi pengen nyubit, gemesiiiinn... hehehe :D

@tatabonita : Hana katsuobushi is what we called 'ikan cakalang asap' in Indonesia. You can get it from Japanese supermarket or in Japanese imported food in our local supermarket. Circus show from overseas is very rare ... so I think it's a great experience for the kids. Thanks a lot Tata :)

What a cute bento!
I'm happy your kids liked the circus. I was as kid in one, but I didn't like the clowns and left after 30 minutes, because I was bored ^^"

@Lil'chan : Thanks a lot Lil'chan! The clowns show was just to fill in between the other shows so it was a short one like 10 mins. Andrew scared of clowns when he was in kindergarten but now is okay :)