Straight from the Dragon Ball Official Site's gourmet division chief comes the "Dragon Ball Food Column"! We enlisted the help of Riyu, an expert in reimagining popular characters in bento-box form, to create four mouth-watering masterpieces for us.
Picking things up from where we left off in Part 1, today we're bringing you two more Dragon Ball scenes recreated as character bento boxes. Plus, be sure to read all the way to the end for a special interview with the popular character bento box artist behind all this culinary wizardry—Riyu!
Be sure to check out Part 1 here if you haven't already!
That's right, it's the moment when Goten and Trunks perform their legendary fusion—now in bento box form!! Their faces and arms are made with an ingredient unique to Japan called hanpen! Plus, nori and kombu combine to form Goten's hair, with kamaboko (boiled fish paste) sheets helping out for Trunks'.
ⓒBird Studio/Shueisha, Toei Animation
Goten and Trunks' fusion scene recreated as a stunning bento box! The differences in their hair and clothing are pitch perfect!
The face and other main parts of this bento box are made with hanpen. When asked why, Riyu had this to say: "Since there were two pretty detailed characters going into this small-ish bento box, I needed something that could hold its shape and not fall apart." Using hanpen could lead to the skin having an eerily clean white color, but thanks to a skillfully applied mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup, the skin color couldn't have turned out better!
Other ways to bring these characters to life would be by using nori sheets, a combination of thin omelet strips and ham, or even decorated oblate (a thin, edible layer of starch used to wrap candies in Japan). Your imagination really is the limit!
"The hanpen lightly flavored with the mayonnaise and ketchup sauce is absolutely delicious!!"
Background: Meat-wrapped bell pepper & okura, ham & hotdog flowers, shrimp chili sauté, zucchini mayo stir-fry, mini-tomato Dragon Balls, broccoli, Japanese colored puffed rice, kamaboko (boiled fish paste) flakes
[Goten] Hanpen, nori, kombu, kamaboko sheets
[Trunks]Hanpen, nori, kombu, kamaboko sheets
■ How to Make:
1. Using the nori and kombu, cut out shapes for the facial features, hair and letters.
2. Create the main shape of the torsos using the hanpen.
3. Cut out the faces using the hanpen.
4. When you are happy with the shape, attach the facial parts.
5. Combine mayonnaise and ketchup until it creates the desired skin tone and spread onto the face.
6. Attach the hair.
(Goten→Nori and kombu) (Trunks→Kamaboko sheets)
7. Cut out shapes for the clothes from the nori and kamaboko sheets.
→Make any final adjustments to Goten & Trunks... Finished!
Broly can scarcely be contained by his own bento box! This box is also bursting at the seams with the vegetable Broly was named after, broccoli! Plus, in true Super Saiyan fashion, Broly's hair is standing on end—and guess what...it's made from broccoli stem! It's cooked al dente so it still has a bit of bite, meaning you'll never get tired of munching through it.
ⓒ2018 DRAGON BALL SUPER the Movie Production Committee
The deep carves give this bento box Broly a truly terrifying muscular look that stands out even when it's just a photo! The choice to use broccoli stem to create Broly's epic hair was simply inspired!!
Mashed potato was used for Broly's farcically immense muscles, partly because of how easy it is to reshape and adjust. But it wasn't all about the looks—if you've never tried mashed potato with spicy Japanese curry sauce, then you're seriously missing out!
But creating a Bento Box with this much visual impact was no walk in the park. After creating a version that seemed to look pretty good, Riyu was disappointed to see that the photo taken of it left a lot to be desired. Temporarily unburdening herself of the need to make all the lines look pretty and neat, she found that carving deep, bold lines was the key to recreating Broly's bulging muscles.
However, Riyu did say that even though this time she decided on the bento box + curry combo, "Using hanpen, thin omelet strips, and oblate art sounds like it would make for one delicious 'Broly Bowl'!"
"Be sure to admire all the nooks and crannies in the texturing that express Broly's rage as you devour your spicy curry!!"
Background: Rice, broccoli
Character: Mashed potato, broccoli stem, hanpen, nori, ham
■ How to Make
1. Using the nori, cut out shapes for the facial features.
2. Boil and mash the potatoes.
3. Add salt, mayonnaise, and ketchup to the mashed potato from step 2 until it creates the desired skin tone.
4. Boil the broccoli stem.
5. Create the shape of Broly using the mash potato.
6. Attach the nori facial features to the face.
7. Using a skewer or a knife, carve lines to create muscles.
8. Cut the broccoli stem to look like hair and attach to the head.
→Make any final adjustments to Broly... Finished!
――Can you share with us your thoughts about the four character bento boxes you created, as well as about Dragon Ball manga, anime, and games?
Riyu: [Making the boxes] was so much fun!
As for manga and anime, I'm a huge fan of Goku's younger days, when he was off with Bulma on their adventures to find the Dragon Balls with her trusty Dragon Radar. I actually watched "Dragon Ball Super: Broly" for the first time as research for his Bento Box! I enjoyed it so much that I ended up watching it again for a second time with my kids!
――Out of the four character bento boxes, which one is your favorite?
Riyu: The Frieza sushi bento box is my favorite. [When I look at it,] I can lose myself in daydreams with Frieza's voice doing the narration!
――Can you give a message to all the fans who've joined us for this article?
Riyu: I had such a great time creating character cento coxes for Dragon Ball, an anime that's loved by so many and that I personally have been enjoying since I was little. I'm not certain I was able to do all of the amazing characters justice, but either way, it really was a lot of fun! Thank you so much.
What a wild ride! In Part 2 we saw two more scenes recreated as outstanding character bento boxes, "Goten & Trunks' Fusion" and "Broly & His Bulging Muscles". We hope that you too try your hand at making these mesmerizingly colorful, sinfully delicious character bento boxes!
Character bento box artist Riyu recreates characters and scenes from various works in bento box form. Her masterfully crafted boxes don't just look the part, they taste the part too!
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