Okay, NemuNemu has begun again. The other day, while watching TV, I was unexpectedly introduced to something called a “Kyaraben.” It’s when you make a bento [Japanese-style boxed lunch] that looks like a fictional character. Because Dr. NemuNemu hasn’t tried to make one of these, and doesn’t completely know how, it was a challenge. The character is, of course, Dr. NemuNemu’s beloved Oba Q.
First, to decide what colors to use so I didn’t have to do it while shopping, I made a rough sketch.
I knew that to make Oba Q, black, white, pink, red and orange are all necessary. Because I already knew that rice is white and nori is black, I went to the supermarket to look for pink, red and orange. I ended up using tarako [cod roe] for pink.
Oba Q has lips almost like tarako. And I used fish paste for red.
I used salmon for orange.
I bought a container as well, and finally I was ready to begin the Oba Q bento-making challenge. First, I covered the container with cooked rice.
Next, I will cut the nori and contour it. I feel I must leave spaces for three hairs.
I snip the pieces for the eyes. I unconsciously begin humming a Q-chan artist’s song.
I cut a notch into the center of the tarako to put in the lips I make.
I make a place in the mouth for the fish paste. To be honest, I can’t tell the difference between the colors.
I cut out a tongue from the salmon. More and more, I can’t tell the difference between the colors.
Wow, somehow it’s complete.
It went more quickly than I thought it would, and I got caught up the in the moment, so now I am going to make Doraemon. I promptly draw a rough sketch.
The necessary colors are black, white, blue, red and yellow. Because I already had black, white and red, I went to buy blue and yellow food. Yellow was takuan [pickled daikon radish]. Until now, Dr. NemuNemu had thought takuan was just takuan.
Because cherry tomatoes look like Doraemon’s nose, I bought a cherry tomato.
However, it’s pretty hard to find blue food. I found bleu cheese and blueberries, but neither is blue. So, that being the case, I used these.
Next, I promptly spread the rice as explained before and bordered it with the nori.
I made the mouth and collar from fish paste, made the bell from takuan, and I tried to make the nose from the cherry tomato.
The cherry tomato is so huge it made it look like a different character, so I removed it, then I emptied all the chocolate into a box and picked out just the blue ones.
Then I spread them all over Doraemon’s blue parts.
Once again, it has become something I don’t recognize. With the cherry tomato nose, it has become an original character. Doramu Monster is also surprised.
I noticed I was able to switch the nose and bell for chocolate, I replaced them, and it was complete.
I wasn’t sure if they were tasty but they were completely finished.
Oba Q was quite tasty, but Doraemon was chocolate and rice, so there was no hope. Everyone, let’s try making a Doraemon bento.