Friday, January 28, 2011

Sumo Boy

One of A-chan's favorite books is 'Sumo Boy' written by Hirotaka Nakagawa. It's continually been one of her favorites for well over a year now. At one point she had expressed the wish that she could someday grow up to be a Sumo wrestler. I believe that she has since changed her mind, but she is still fascinated with all things sumo. In honor of Sumo Boy I have turned what might have been a boring sweet potato bun into a glorious Sumo hero! My sumo boy doesn't look anything like the one in the book, however.

In the bento: A sweet potato bun surrounded by a layer of rice covered with green peas, sesame carrots and baby corn. On top of the veggies are provolone letters.

I am not sure if the word 'sugoi' has anything to do with Sumo or not, as far as I'm aware it's the equivalent of 'cool' or 'awesome'. I couldn't fit 'Dosukoi' in the space I had, though!

Sumo Boy's mawashi is made from strips of nori, as are his facial features. The nori is secured with my new incredible nori-glue, otherwise known as strawberry jam. (While cleaning sticky jam off 6 year old fingers I had a revelation, lol ) His cheeks are also strawberry jam, dipped from the jar with a toothpick. The jam seems to work just as well as mayo but is a lot less troublesome than the honey I sometimes use. It is nice to have an alternative to mayo when securing decorations to sweet foods!

6 comments:

Uniflame said...

How did you make the sweet potato bun? :) I love sweet potato and would LOVE to try to make one :)

Natakiya said...

Actually it was bought frozen from Super H Mart. I so totally wish that I could make these myself, but nope I can't :( I'm sorry!

Lia Chen said...

This is so cute! Love the expression and the pink bun is awesome! A-Chan must love this bento so much :)

Linsey said...

Very cute!!! :)

Natakiya said...

Thanks so much, Lia! She really did love it, the sweet potato buns are one of her favorite things to eat in the whole world :)

Natakiya said...

Thank you very much, Linsey!!