Bentolicious #115
Today's bento is for my girl. I made 2 little leaf worms from yellow egg sheet. If last time I used my dry yellow somen for the whiskers, today I used dry pink ume somen. For the head of the leaf worm and its body, I used dry spaghetti to connect them. You can probably notice a small dot just underneath the lips of the leaf worms. I cooked the prawns with egg and bitter melon this morning and try to put a little bit of bitter melon in this bento. I don't think my girl will eat it but just hope she will. To reduce the bitterness, I soaked the slices of bitter melon with salt for couple of minutes and then rinse it. I love to cook the dark green bitter melon rather than the light green bitter melon. The dark green bitter melon was less bitter than the light green one. I remembered when I had a trip to Taiwan, bitter melon juice was quite popular there and the bitter melon used there was a bit different from what we have for cooking. Their bitter melon was white...and the juice was very yummy.
In the square pink box : onigiri with shiso leaf, decorated with leaf worm from yellow egg sheet, nori, and red part of crab stick.
In the oval pink box : fish balls, chicken with oyster sauce, prawns cooked with egg and bitter mellon, slices of hard boiled egg, kumquats, and strawberries.


the only place where worms are cute to me in in your blog ^^

ha ha...cute leaf worms...
i just wonder how we call bitter melon in here? i just don't get any idea what it looks like :-D

@noobcook : hehehe ... Thanks a lot Wiffy!

@Journal Mommy Yenny : Thanks a lot Yen! Bitter melon is called 'pare' here.

Usually when I hear worms I'll squirm but seeing ur adorable eggy worms made me smile! ;)

Who knew that worms could be so cute and edible looking! Wonderful bento style Lia!

@Xelia : Thanks a lot Xelia!

@hapabento : Thanks a lot Deb! We don't want the worms look yucky right? hehehe ...

I welcome anytime such cute worms! I also saw white bitter melons and juice-stands everywhere in Taiwan while staying there. I think I should have tried white bitter melon juice, too bad!!

@babykins : Hi Izumi! How are you? Miss you and your bento so much ... where have you been? Anyway, glad to see your comment again. Thanks a lot dear (^.^)

Such a lovely pair of leave worm, with the nice ribbon! Everything match so nicely :D

Never heard of bittermelon juice; how interesting. Bittermelon supposed to be good for you, but it is really bitter! Even I can only eat a small bit in each mouthful. Love your sweet worms! Look perfect on their shiso leaves!

@Kids Dream Work : Thanks a lot Ai Ping! Those ribbon picks save me from cutting, really useful :)

@sherimiya : Thanks a lot Sheri! I love bitter melon since I was a kid ... I don't know why? My sister and my 2 little brothers didn't like it but now they love it. One slice is a good start for Audrey hahaha :D

Very cute worms :). How long did it take you making this bento?

Those are the cutest little worms ever! I love the smiles on their faces! Very clever and cute bento!

Fantastic egg worms, Lia! I love how they look with the shiso leaf background. I keep learning about new ingredients I want to try, like shiso leaves. Have a wonderful weekend!

Cooking Gallery : Thanks a lot! It took about 2 hours to make this bento plus cooking :)

@Lyndsey : Thanks a lot Lyndsey! Glad that you like it :)

@Sonoma Bento : Thanks a lot! You should try shiso leaf, they are good for wrapping bbq meat and for cooking too :)

oh wow lia, 2 hours! but it's beautiful...

Beautiful... and sooo cute are those worms!

@anna2003 : Don't get scare ... hehehe :) 2 hours was from the preparations, cooking, and decorating. So I think it was normal. The decorating for leaf worms only took about 20 minutes.

@Margot : Thanks a lot Margot!

Hi Lia, lovely bento. I love the cute worms so much. You are good in turning those 'scary' and 'ugly' things into cute & pretty things in your bento. Wonderful.

Hi Lia, I'm back to see your cutie worms, look so cute and creative as always.
Just to inform that I've moved to a new site @

@Emily Ng : Thanks a lot Emily for your very sweet comment :)

@Anncoo : Thanks a lot Ann! Will change your new blog address in my blogroll too :)

Hi Lia,

Could you send me an email pls? I formatted my pc and I've lost your email as well :(

@CJane : Ok Cindy! I will send it to your email or if you don't get it ... My email address :

Mbak Lia, you are a happiness maker :D. If all worms are as cute as these, I'm sure all people want to pet them instead of afraid with them hehehe.

Good to know about the different degrees of bitterness based on the green shade of bitter melon, Lia--that's a great tip I will keep in mind next time I shop for them!

Sweet bento, the cutest worms I've ever seen, awwww!

@tatabonita : Thanks a lot Tata! I think it's good to make the ugly, yucky creature into the cute one so kids will not afraid hehehe :)

@bentobird : Thanks a lot Jenn! Yup, I think I will put bitter melon from time to time in my girl's bento just hope she will like it :)

Oh I missed these the other stinking cute and delish!

@Mommyof2girlz : Thanks a lot!

Lia! I've been kind-of MIA from the blogging world, but jumping in again! I miss your blog, and after looking through several old posts I think these worms are the cutest. so so cute. I bet your little girl loved them. Thank you and goodnight!

@Rachel : Thanks a lot Rachel! Glad that you are back to the blogging world. Always love to read your very informative post :)