Hello! I'm back to share some of the bento tools or materials that I find particularly useful. There are a whole lot of tools out there, however, these are the ones that I have and use (all tools pictured here are from Daiso, except for the sandwich cutter):
- Food picks:
These come in a myriad of colours and patterns, and are great for dressing up food in a hurry. I usually use them to hold fruit, or sometimes make "mini kebabs" using the longer ones, with fishballs and quails eggs.
- Silicon muffin cups:
As mentioned previously, these are great to compartmentalize your bento box/plate, and keep food separated. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes too! (Psst... Another option for packing fruits/vegetables would be to use lettuce leaves to form a cup instead.)
- Food cutters:
Those shown below come in sets and are rather small in size, and are useful for cutting food into little shapes like flowers etc.
You could also use normal cookie cutters to cut larger pieces of food, eg. bread/omelette, and there are also specialized sandwich cutters that are shaped to cut away the crust of the bread:
|Daiso also sells sandwich cutters, |
but the animal ones I've been using are by Lunch Punch.
Rice molds come various shapes, and right now I only have the star-shaped version. Aside from using that mold, I've tried improvising by using other kitchen containers to mold the rice. For example, a tea cup was used to make the panda's head and belly (less rice for the head = smaller circumference!):
And a small rectangular plastic container was used to make the cow's body:
All in all, these tools are really useful... but do look around your kitchen (or even your fridge) for stuff you could use, and have fun!