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Bento 174 Pineapple Fried Rice Bento and Hello Kitty Bento

Hello Kitty Bento

Know what I love about doing all kinds of ‘tricks’ to bread?  Girl eats more!!!

Today’s sandwich was made using the good old cutter.  Does it look like there are 2 slices of bread in the box?  Minus some in between, probably for each slice, 90% of the bread was here.  It’s really a lot more than what she will eat if it’s just 2 simple slices, where she will merely eat 1 😦

Tips : If your children do not eat much bread or slow eater, you can use breadcutter and press it.  They become bite and manageable sizes for little mouth.  BUT, I suggest use moist fillings, else bread may be too dry.

Hello Kitty Sandwich Bento

Hello Kitty Sandwich Bento

Bread and Vegetable Cutter

Bread and Vegetable Cutter

Pineapple Fried Rice Bento

What happen when you planned to make fried rice only to realise in the morning that you have forgotten to cook the rice!!!!  😦

Thank God I woke up early enough to be able to quickly cook the rice, cooled it down quickly using fan, and still managed.  Pheeewwwww…

So, actually this picture is deceiving.  The fried rice was actually not done and not inside the thermal food jar :P.  I got everything ready, including the photo, while waiting for the rice to be cooked 😛

Oh, for treat, I put the peanut cake in.  Mum in law bought from China, and it’s really sooooo yummy.  It was freshly made there.  Never tasted any this good.

HPineapple Fried Rice Bento


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Thermal Food Jar Review

I really have no idea how did I accumulated these food jars.

It all started wotj the Tiger food jar which I bought when son was at Primary 2.  He needed to stay back for CCA.  So the first food jar was purchased so I can bring hot lunch for him before his CCA started.  And with bento making since my daughter enters Primary 1, more jars joined the family. 😛

Tips on using thermal food jars

Before I move on to the review, just a tip on how to keep food longer in thermal food jars.   If you want to pack hot food, before pouring in the food, pour in boiling water into the jar, close the lid and leave the hot water inside for about 10 mins.  After 10 mins, pour away the water and put in the food.

I shall rate the food jar according to :

Best Performance – Zojirushi

Best suited for little children who may leave their expensive food jars around 😛 – Sanrio  (I will share more about Thermos in the write-up below)

Anyway, here are the food jars I have :

All my thermal food jars

All my thermal food jars

From LHS to RHS :

Tiger (0.9L, about S$ 70+)

Plus – has a small container for garnish/condiment

Minus – Performance is average.  Non soup food like pasta is only warm after 2 hours.

Zojirushi (0.5L, sale price at S$ 60)

Plus – (1) best performance.  Son’s words “Food was still hot.” (versus “warm” for other food jars)  On one of the days, son didn’t have time to drink up the soup.  When I was washing up the jar 12 hours later, the soup was warm still!  So if son consume the food around recess time, I can imagine the soup was “piping hot” (son’s words).

(2) It has another lid that allows pressure to be released.  This can reduce/eliminate the ‘pop’ whenever we open thermal food jars.

Minus – Pretty pricey, especially since some children have the tendency to leave stuffs around without bringing them home 😦

Thermos Foogo (top, 0.29L, S$ 28), Thermos (bottom, sale price at $24.90)

Just a note about Thermos.  The food jars are a lot cheaper outside Singapore!!!  Even Korea’s Gmarket price is half off the price here!

I bought the purple Foogo jar (top) from Malaysia Jusco for about RM $64 (S$ 26), can’t really remember the exact.  However in Singapore, it cost S$ 49.90!!! 😦

Pros – If purchased at offer price or from outside Singapore, Thermos’ jars are relatively cheaper than the better performers.  Good for children to bring to school actually.

Minus – Performance is the worst.  Food was warm by recess time, which is about 4 hours after putting food in.

Sanrio My Melody (0.28L, S$ 29.90)

Not difficult to know why my daughter loves this right?  Because of this, she willingly want to pack rice to school 🙂

Just a note again.  Although on paper, the Sanrio food jar’s capacity seems lesser than Thermos, but on measuring, it can hold more than Thermos!!! Probably got to do with how the different brands measure the capacity of their food jars.

Pros – Very attractive designs, especially for little girls.

Minus – Performance is also so-so. Equivalent to Thermos.  But the performance is indicated on the box anyway.  So users already know what to expect. Nothing hidden. 🙂

Hope this review helps.


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Bento 143 Maki Bento

For the last few rice bentos, I noticed my daughter had not been able to complete them.  She said the sushi didn’t taste as they used to be.  I tried adjusting the quantity of the sushi vinegar, but finally realised the problem is with the vinegar brand 😦  I used to use the brand call Daisho, which was great.  Thinking that all sushi vinegar taste the same, I bought Mizkan’s for my 2nd bottles, and it was a mistake.  Finally found Daisho’s sushi vinegar, hopefully the box will come back empty again. 🙂

Box was also hastily done cause daughter’s tummy wasn’t well and she vomited in the morning :(.  Probably bloated, school called to say she is fine after another vomit episode in school.  Shall see when she is back later.

For son’s it’s beef stew with rice.  He has a long day, and I wanted to keep his bag as light as possible.  So I put the rice and stew in the food jar.  No pretty looking bento, but just practically packed into the food jar bag.

Food for her : Maki, Bak kwa, berries

Food for him (no picture) : Beef stew with rice, berries, and pineapple tarts as snack for the long day.  But the picture for the beef stew is below 🙂

Sushi Bento

Sushi Bento

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

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Bento 142 : Party Dog Bento and Car Road Trip Bento

Party Dog Bento for her

I originally named this bento Dog in the Circus Bento, but when daughter saw it, her first words were “Party Dog”!!!  Ok, so it is a Party Dog Bento 🙂

Food : Hotdog buns, berries and Rocher for treat.

Party Dog Bento

Party Dog Bento

Car Road Trip Bento for him

Haiya, can’t see the car properly.  Should have checked after taking picture 😦

Son is so used to me planning the menu, but I’m so tired of thinking 😛  So here’s his request.

Food : Mian Xian Soup with greens (Soup in the Zojirushi thermal food jar), grapes (not in picture)

Car Road Trip Bento

Car Road Trip Bento

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Bento 125 Curly-haired Girl Bento

Today’s is really anyhow do.  School routine, fire-fighting, top with housework that still goes on.  I’m also trying to discipline myself to sleep early.

Food : Pineapple fried rice for recess, Baby Bel cheese and ham for school bus.

Wanted to test out the new Foogo food jar.  Bought it  from Malaysia at half the price sold in Singapore.  Even the Gmarket price is a lot cheaper.  Wonder why are they so expensive in Singapore 😦

I must say that the Foogo’s exterior feels warm, but Sanrio’s food jar’s exterior is not.  So in this sense, I think the Sanrio’s ones are better.

To keep the cheese and ham good till go home time, I put a block of ice-pack.  (Do take note of hygiene safety.)

Curly-haired Girl Bento

Curly-haired Girl Bento

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