Bentolicious #133
Happy Friday all!
Weekend just around the corner and I am so occupied this week and feel this week just gone like a smoke. Simple bento for today. Only managed to make 2 green froggies and didn't have enough time to make Kuromi like my girl asked for. Hope she won't disappointed. Green froggies were cut with bear cutter and decorated with kamaboko and nori. I cooked pork belly and boiled eggs stew with Five Spices last night. My husband just drooled because the 5 spices smelled really good in the house last night. I still have a few packs of the very special homemade 5 spices powder from my hometown. The smell is very fragrance and it tastes nice too. I couldn't replace it with any other 5 spices in the market. How to make it and what are the ingredients? If you ask me, I only know that 5 spices consist of star anise, cinnamon, fennel seeds, cloves, and Sichuan pepper. I still remember when I was a kid and my Mom took me to buy 5 spices and I saw this lady. She grounded the spices with her giant mortar and pestle. The house smelled really nice and her secret 5 spices was very popular.

Inside the box : pork belly & hard boiled egg stew with five spices, baby asparagus wrapped in egg, grape tomatoes, and carrots.

October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness.
I will join the pink bento theme event organized by BentoBlog.
Will try to find some ideas on the weekend, and hopefully can send the bento picture by Monday.
Hope you can join this event too! Read more details here.


I love this bento! Super cute froggies and carrot stars!
I really would like to try out these five spices! Hm... It sounds so good, that I almost can smell them. :)

Lia, so cute frogs!! Indeed the week went fast... let´s hope for a great weekend now :D
Oh, it is so nice to read when a food or spice has story to tell, I value it a lot =). I believe the pork belly is heavens delish!
Have a great weekend!!

@vicuska : Thanks a lot for your sweet comment! Please try it ... it's really nice :)

Wonderful froggies. Unfortunately, today's bento is not so good as yours (and it will never be ha ha). Thanks for talking about my pink October bento event, I hope a lot of people will join!
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yum yumyum for this keroppi...and they are so brightly green! LOL... perfect...

@karaimame : Thanks a lot Lilian! I love pork belly despise of how many fat in it but it tastes good, how can we resist it? hehehe ... My Mom often brought me to the market and to buy homemade spices when I was a kid? I think that became so memorable to me. The only place that I didn't like was the fish market ... euyyy I just didn't like the smells :p

@Bento : Thanks a lot! Oh no ... Your bento always looks so delicious, mine is just so so. I hope many bento friends will join the pink event too. That will be great to see pink bento from around the world :)

@Journal Mommy Yenny : Thanks a lot Yen! This time too many green in this bento hehehe ... :)

Aw, lovely froggies! Wish you and family a great weekend too!

@Kids Dream Work : Thanks a lot Ai Ping!

Your frogs are so cute, I love all the details you put into you bento box lunches! Have yourself a wonderful weekend.

@Lyndsey : Thanks a lot Lyndsey! You too, have fun this weekend :)

Hi salam kenal ! soooo amazed looking at ur creatives bentos !! do u happen to receive orders ? or u only make it for your kids school lunch ? anyhow, so nice looking at ur cuties ! Cheers !!!


I want one too! So adorable and what is the green part of the frog? It's perfect!!

Happy froggies family!!

Those frogs are sooooo cute!!!! I am sure big A will be happy ^_^ it makes me smile just seeing the picture.

Forgot to mention about your five spice .... sounds so yummyyyy, maybe next time I go for mudik I should bring some here ^_^ I can always substitute the pork with any other meat right? :D

Even so quick and 'simple' (those are your words), this is still such a fun and complete bento! I love how happy the frogs look! Beautiful.. Have a wonderful weekend Lia, to you and your family! Hope A is doing well. : )

Cute bento! Love the little details. What type of camera do you use in your pictures? The outcome is really nice! 5 spice? I'll try it sometime. Love the keroppi spoon! (I'm GREEN with envy) LOL! How's big sister? :)

@Sabrina : Thanks a lot Sabrina! I make bento for my kids' school lunch :)

@Mommyof2girlz : Thanks a lot Steph! The green part is the colored egg sheet :)

@Mommyof2girlz : Thanks a lot Steph! Will happy to give it to you. The green part is the colored egg sheet :)

@Anncoo : Thanks a lot Ann!

@Just a MOM : Thanks a lot Lin! Oh yah sure you can use it on chicken too. If I can send it to you, I will. But unfortunately some countries have rules for sending food items. Australia is one of them, so I can't send the spices to her.

@Chantale : Thanks a lot Chantale! Sometimes the simple and quick bento is fun to make but hard too snap the picture of it LOL :D Have fun this weekend with your family too!

@Rio : Thanks a lot Rio! I used my Canon DSLR to take the picture. Audrey is doing allright and she got permission to skip PE at school until the cast is removed :)

Ver y cute froggies bento,may I know what do you made for the greeny frog?And the recipe of the 5 spice egg really good,I will try this recipe next time.

@Elaine : Thanks a lot Elaine! I used colored egg sheetto make the green froggies :)

What cheerful froggies! ^^ and woah, the secret 5 spices sound good!

@noobcook : Thanks a lot Wiffy!

You always make me happy with your green bento :D. So love the smiley froggies... I love to use 5 spices too to season many of my cookings. I don't know, the spices just make my food taste soooo GOOD :D

@tatabonita : Thanks a lot Tata! I know it's your favorite color hehehe ... :)

oops, sorry i didn't comment on this one until now!

such a nice story about the 5 spices... i love childhood culinary memories like that!

the stars in this one are so cute, they look like perfect buttons! can i borrow some for my sweater, hehe?