Swallow Bird Chinese Art Bento ツバメのキャラベン


Busy weekend for me as I was teaching a bento workshop at SMU (will blog about that later), then did a cafe review and had to visit my grandfather in the hospital. 

Somehow as I was conceptualising the bento design last night, the image of chinese ink art came to mind again. I recall beautiful swallows depicted in such artworks and decided to create a similar seaweed cutting design for today’s bento with this theme. 

In the Chinese language, swallow is known as 燕. It symbolises spring and happiness. It is believed that if a swallow nests in the roof of a family, it will bring luck and good fortune to the family. 




The side dishes for today’s Swallow Bento included baked salmon sprinkled with some seasalt, scallop salt and black pepper, soft-boiled eggs, shiitake mushrooms, lettuce, broccoli, sauteed carrot strips and edamame beans. 

For the Swallow Chinese Art depiction, I made the outlines from seaweed which I cut using an Acto knife. The tiny flowers are tomato cut outs using a small flower cutter. 



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  • kw bentodiary
    February 12, 2014

    Wow!!! Amazing!!!

  • bentodays
    February 11, 2014

    I love this! Really looks like it came right off a Chinese painting!

    • Shirley Wong
      February 15, 2014

      Aww hehh happy to hear that. thank you dear!

  • Alice
    February 10, 2014

    love it!! :)

  • Rina @ Bento School Lunches
    February 10, 2014

    What a lovely bento, love all your creative detailings!:)

  • izumi babykins
    February 10, 2014

    Your nori art is so delicate and elegant. Love the tiny flowers in particular!

    • Shirley Wong
      February 10, 2014

      Awww thank you so much! appreciate your sweet comment!