Bentolicious #117
I made fried rice for today's bento. Egg, cabbage, pok choy, breakfast sausage, and smoked ham were thinly sliced and put inside the fried rice. Decorated the fried rice with flower picks and girl with uniform from yellow and white egg sheets, crab stick, nori, and chicken ham. Green peas were used for the border.

Almost forgot, I've done some short article for The Urban Mama website in Indonesia. This is a great website and every moms can join to discuss everything at the forum including bento. Hope can spread the bento love from this short article. Thanks a lot for TUM to put my short article. And big thanks for Jie too for featuring me on his great blog in cool section called 'Initial 5'. (Note : both of the webs are written in Indonesian language).
Although my kids were back to school since July but I will put this bento to join
this month BOMB - Back To School Bento.
You can check it from Debra's blog, Hapa Bento.
Yesterday, I received 'The Just Bento Cookbook' by Makiko Itoh. I ordered it from Bento&Co. and I love the book. The cookbook contains 25 attractive bento menus and more than 150 recipes. Easy to read in English, very practical guides with notes, tips and timeline included for the recipe. The other things that you can find in this book are very interesting sections on bento making equipment, staples to make and stock, speed and safety tips, planning chart and a glossary. Bento doesn't necessary have to be cute but healthy and balanced bento is important. You will get the whole idea if you get your copy of this great book. This book will be a very valuable resource for my learning in bento making. So much information about bento inside that will be too good too pass. This book is worth to be added to my book collections. So hope you can get your copy too and enjoy your bento making.


Wow, so much news! Congrats on the article-- how exciting! So cool about the Just Bento cookbook too! Really need a copy for myself as well. I'm sure it is invaluable! Adorable girl in your pretty bento too!

@sherimiya : Thanks a lot Sheri! You, Susan, Debra and Megan always give me so much encouragements through your comments since I started this blog. So I owe you girls a big thanks (^.^)

Congratulations on the article Lia. I'll check it later on.
I bet this cheerful girl is going to school..? He he he

I adore this little girl's pleated skirt. Her school uniform is perfect!

It's good to know that the 'Just Bento' cookbook is finally out, I've been looking forward to buying it...! Thanks for the info :). and hey, congrats for the article :)!

@Journal Mommy Yenny : You bet right ;) Thanks a lot Yen!

@hapabento : Thanks a lot Deb!

@Cooking Gallery : Thanks a lot! You can also order the book from :)

This bento is sooo cute! Just adorable. Congrats on the article, too!

Hi Lia, I really admire your skills. Your bentos are always so cute and pretty. I might like to order the book.

waaahh,, bagus banget bentonya! telaten sekali mbak Lia ini..
kayaknya aku nggak sanggup deh disuruh buat begituan pagi2.
seneng deh liat foto bentonya.

Waaaaahh, keren banget bentonya!
Telaten banget sih, mbak?
Kayaknya aku nggak sanggup deh buat begituan pagi2.
Seneng liat foto bento2nya.
Keep up the good work ya..

So cute! I love her skirt! You can be a fashion designer for school uniforms too! :D

What a cute back to school bento!!!! Love the little girl... so nicely done!

Congrats on the article Lia!!! YOu are getting very famous now! :)

Lia, did you recall when I commented on your posting about bento book that reminded me of you? How much did you have you to pay for that book? *just wondering*

I'm feeling lazy to eat my sahur. I bet if my sahur meal was decorated like your bento, I'd eat more with passion. :D

@Koci : Thanks a lot!

@Anncoo : Thanks a lot Ann! Dunno whether you can get it from Kinokuniya or Borders there ... If you can't then just buy it online from or Bento&Co.

@a bLo9 to fORgEt : Thanks a lot yah udah mampir ke blogku! Pasti bisa kok ... Pertamanya aja mungkin agak bingung, aku dulu juga gitu :)

@Xelia : Thanks a lot Xelia! I think my daughter is better than me. She loves to draw characters with their awesome outfits :)

Thank you so much Lia! It's an honor to receive such a positive review from a talented bentoist like you ^_^ And congratulations on the article!!

@Angeleyes : Thanks a lot Alice! Not considering famous lah ... I just had a chance to introduce about bento hehehe :)

@Indonesia Eats : Face book bento books, they cost around USD 11 and USD 12 from ... Sahur is very early in the morning but I think you always manage to cook something yummy ;)

@maki : Thanks a lot Maki! It's a great book, no kidding. All the best for you ... I hope the book will become a big hit and will be happy to recommend it to the others :)

Congrats on all the good news! And love this little girl in her uniform, like the plated skirts a lot! :)

@Kids Dream Work : Thanks a lot Ai Ping!

What a cute little schoolgirl! I know my girls would love this bento...I'll have to see if I can make something similar.

@Kuusou : Thanks a lot Kuusou! Can't wait to see your other version for your girl :)

Such a great bento for Debra's back to school theme! I have a bento in mind, but we'll see if I have time to try it for the contest. Congrats on your article, that is very cool! And I need to order my copy of Just Bento now! I have been looking forward to it for a while now. Have a great day Lia!

lovely little girl. i love the pleated skirt! i was reminded of this contest after seeing yours. use this theme as an 'art project' for my kids. hehe.. cheers/karen

@Sonoma Bento : Thanks a lot SB! Please join the BOMB event, it's a fun event. And hope you can find a copy of Maki's book very soon. Have a great day too :)

@anna2003 : Thanks a lot Karen! Art project for the kids, cool ... have fun with it :)

I'm so happy that the bento culture spreads around the world and many Indonesian people also enjoy it.
The girl is well-done like cut-papercraft. SO pretty and cute!!

@babykins : Thanks a lot Izumi! Bento is a good thing to spread so why not? hehehe :D

Cool...congratulations on the article!!! You are SUPER. ^.^
The girl is a fine art piece, so well-done and beautiful.

love the colourful bento and the cute hello kitty cutlery. congrats on your article at urban mama ^^

@emilynpf : Thanks a lot Emily :)

@noobcook : Thanks a lot Wiffy :)

bentonya bagus bangeeeeettt!! :D :D

@Ardna : Thanks a lot Ardna :)

Congrats on your articel--your bentos are so beautiful and inspiring that they automatically spread "bento love"!

The clever details on this sweet back-to-school bento are such a treat, amazed by the pleated skirt!

@bentobird : Thanks a lot Jenn! You are always so sweet and supportive everytime :)

Love the back to school bento!!! I have to pick up a copy of Maki's book too.

@Susan Yuen : Thanks a lot Susan! Happy to have you back and read your comment again :)