Tofu Charaben Baby Chick Bento

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  • Product: Soft
  • Meal Type: Entrée
  • Cuisine:
  • Level: Easy
  • Special Consideration: Kids friendly


Peel and cut potatoes into 1- inch pieces.  Place them in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Cook on high for about 5-7 minutes or until tender.  Mash tofu and the potatoes with salt and melted butter. 

Form the tofu mashed potatoes into small round balls, adding corn, cheese, or vegetables in the center if using, and set aside.

Cut the hard boiled egg white horizontally in a zig zagged line to create 2 egg shell pieces (discard yolk).

To assemble bento:
Layer lettuce in a bento box. Arrange the tofu mashed potato balls in the box.  Place one egg piece above and below the tofu ball.  Place the small pieces of nori on the tofu ball to create the eyes, and two kernels of corn to create a beak.  Add a dab of ketchup to the cheeks of the baby chick.  Repeat for second bento.


Recipe created by Chef Mayumi Johnston, maker of Character Bento's.

For This recipe use...





½ pkg (7 oz) House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Soft, pat dry
250g russet potatoes, peeled (about 2 medium size) 
2 hardboiled eggs
2 Tbsp butter, melted  
Salt and garlic powder to taste
Nori seaweed, cut into face-like pieces using the dry seaweed cutter
Corn kernels
Spring vegetables of your choice
Optional: corn, cheese, or vegetable of choice for filling

Dry seaweed cutter