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If your kids (or husband..boyfriend… anybody you want to make lunch for!) are into soccer,
you have to give a try to make this fun soccer bento lunch box!
I can guarantee that they will go WOW when they open the lunch box!
Thank you …almost 800 LIKES!
Before I start off this post…. I’ve posted this soccer lunch picture to a Danish “Fun Food with Kids” Facebook Group.
I was blown away…. because over a night it’s got received almost 800 LIKES!
This blew my mind and at the same time made me SO happy.
Some members of the group had asked me questions about this lunch box, (thank you!)
I am happy that people are curious about Japanese style bento!
On this post I try to explain as good as possible.
Overview of Soccer Bento Lunch Box
This is the overview. Plenty of food for 3~4 year old kid.
MENU of Soccer Bento Lunch Box
Here I made a diagram, to make it easier to understand what I’ve put in this lunch.
Tuna & Mayonnaise Rice Balls with seaweed
Gyoza is originally from China, and Japan transformed to Japanese way.
In Japan we pay-fry and enjoy the crispy fried wraps and juicy meat inside.
It’s a very popular side dish together with Ramen Noodles.
I like putting gyoza into bento lunch box especially for Z, because it’s easy to pick up and eat.
I try to make food that is easy for 3.5yo kid to eat, so having a easy-to-eat-shape is important to me.
(the only drawback is that it’s got garlic in it. Be careful not to put too much garlic if you make them for lunch box 😅)
Here are pictures of my, Koko-made gyoza at home, in Denmark. 🙂
They’re before pan-frying.
It is very possible to make Gyoza at home.
But I don’t recommend making those for say, more than 3 people….because it takes time to make each single gyoza piece.
You can buy Gyoza Form Maker ,
but still takes time to make for many people.
To be easy, I recommend to buy frozen gyoza from Asian Store, if you have access.
Ajinomoto, Japanese food company makes such delicious frozen gyoza that are as good as restaurant quality!!!
What’s Japanese Style Omelette?
It’s a special omelette using a special frying pan, just for it.
It’s square and a bit deep.
You break eggs, make thin layer, fold it. We repeat folding part….
I’d say it’s a bit tricky to make these omelette, definitely takes a practice.
There are egg master who practiced over 6 months to make a perfect Omellette at Japan’s one of the sushi restaurant in Tokyo.
Omelettes are one of the most popular side dishes for lunch box in Japan.
You can even put chopped spinach…. canned tun…. green onions…chopped carrots.. etc etc.
TOOLS I used
There aren’t any special tools I used this time.🙂
Hello Kitty Lunch Box
Star-Shaped Cookie Cutter for red pepper
…for other good tools to make Fun Food, check out shopping page.
Tons of cool fun tools!
How to make Soccer Rice Balls
You will simply need cooked rice and seaweed.
It will probably take some practice if you’re making this for the first time.
Don’t give up! You will one day get a hang of it ⚽
I have written 3-pages long of detailed explanation of how to make Soccer Rice Balls and store it in to my Library section. I also wrote Dos and Donts, too. I’m happy to send a password to my Library. Please simply sign up for my newsletter – I will send you the password right away!
In my Library I’m also sharing kids activity materials too. Feel free to use them!
Other Tips for packing Bento Lunch Box
Some tips for packing this Soccer Ball Lunch Box.
“tall” Food looks better than “flat”
This is what my mother taught me…
Try to “stand” food. Food looks better when it’s standing instead of laying-flat.
So I try to pack food tight and close to each other, that way food stands.
Giving Apples Design
I always peel Apple skin – that’s what most Japanese do in Japan.
So It was a culture shock to me, that in Western countries people eat apples with skin on! 😮
But then I’ve learned that Apples nutrition lays on skin part.
I’m not that healthy food freak, but I decided to make a design on Apple skin – that way Z can eat both skin and apple 😋
Making Apple Skin design is cool, and by far this is the easiest one (as you see on the pic.)
So that’s it for now!
I hope you are inspired. I will make more fun food and post on my blog – so stay tuned 😋