Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tofu Totoro Musubi


A few weeks ago I ran across this fabulous YouTube video on how to make Spam Musubi Totoros.  It inspired me to try making them with slabs of extra firm tofu instead and this was the result!  Except...I didn't have enough nori left to make the bands of the musubi.  But I loved how the Totoros turned out.  I made four of them and since only two would fit into A-chan's bento I got to eat the leftovers for lunch.  Yummy!

In the bento:  Tofu totoros, rectangular onigiri (hidden under the totoros completely), raspberries, steamed broccoli, pineapple, carrot acorns and some frozen blueberries.

To make the totoro shapes I traced the bento box on a piece of paper, then divided it into two rectangles.  I drew a rough totoro shape in each rectangle.  With a piece of saran wrap between the drained slices of tofu and the paper template I used my handy dandy exacto knife to cut out the totoros. They were then cooked in a skillet with a mixture of sesame oil, soy sauce and mirin as I tried to get a spam-ish color from them.  The white parts were all white egg sheet, the black details were nori (of course) and the whiskers were uncooked soba noodles.  Getting the soba noodles to stick up at the correct angles was actually the most difficult part.  Tiny egg sheet flowers were stuck to the steamed broccoli with more uncooked soba.

9 comments:

Julie said...

Very cute I love it

OhayoBento said...

They're so cute! And I know that tofu tastes better than spam anyway, lol.

Ming Bentomonsters said...

Too cute! I saw the spam version b4, ur tofu version is awesome!

kw bentodiary said...

I love Totoro!! Awesome bento ^_^

Natakiya said...

Thank you, Julie!

Natakiya said...

Haha. I hadn't realized that I've never tasted spam until I read your comment, Heather. So funny! I loved how the tofu tasted :)

Natakiya said...

Thanks, Ming! I appreciate that so much :)

Natakiya said...

Aww, Thank you Karen Wee! I love Totoro - he always makes a bento fun.

katachiware.com said...

It is awesome! I always intend to make lunches more fun in our house. I am going to pin this inspiration!