Those of you who follow my blog would know that I rarely use rice molds as I prefer to mold my characters freehand with cling wrap, I find that it gives me more flexibility and variations in the character I want to make.
However, when I will highly recommend them for those who are starting out in making character bento. They are stress-free and provides you the shape you need for the characters. In addition, they are fast and great time savers.
One of the popular molds that you might possess or want to purchase is this Panda Onigiri Set. They are available at Bento&co here. I bought 2 of these it think :P
Rice molds are also useful if you have to make a large quantity, e.g. for a party. In addition to saving time and gives you consistency in the shape and size. It is also great for mothers who are tight for time and need a fast bento for your children.
I made this tutorial sometime back but thought it could be useful to share it with you.
Perhaps if you have the same mold, you might like this bento tutorial guide.
If you are thinking of getting this mold, here is a an idea to using the tool!
Tutorial for Panda Onigiri Set for Bento
1) Fill your panda onigiri mold with cooked Japanese short grain rice. It should be full.
2) Press the back of the mold tightly to form a define shape
3) Remove from mold.
4) Lay the seaweed punch flat on your worktop, slide in a piece of sushi seaweed. Using your palm, press down firmly to cut the seaweed.
5) Attach the seaweed features on your rice ball to complete the Panda head.
If you want a full body Panda, please continue wth the following steps:
6) Using cling wrap, shape 1 large round rice ball and 4 smaller ones.
7) Place the small balls on the large ball to form the body and limbs of Panda. You can add some seaweed cut outs on the feet if you like my example.
8) Assemble them together in your bento box.
Thats it! And you are done~~ So easy :)
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