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Hawaii's Bento Box, Second Course

June 24th, 2010

That Supermom has done it again. When I grow up, I want to be just like Susan Yuen.

Susan and kiddos

Susan and kiddos

The Honolulu chef has come out with a second cookbook that's almost too cute for words. Hawai‘i’s Bento Box Cookbook, Second Course, arrives two years after the original book debuted. And I wanted to go back for seconds, to be sure!


"This second helping includes 75 new bento masterpieces your child is sure to enjoy.  Included are recipes such as Crab Rolled Omelet, Reindeer Musubi with Garlic Butter Shrimp and Mushrooms, Piggy with Chinese-Style Corn Soup, and more.  By popular demand, more sandwich creations are included that require no cooking time and little prep time.

bento 3

"These creations are perfect for your child’s lunchbox, a picnic in the park, or a family-day at the beach.  Also included is a comprehensive section with over 45 delectable recipes to be used in your bento box creations," the press release announced.

bento sheep

I tried half a dozen of the traditional recipies in the back of the book and loved them. Yuen is a former sous-chef at local eateries Palomino Euro-Bistro and Kincaid’s, so I knew it'd be good. I have come to trust her recipes as no-fail delicious, and so easy to make.

bento 2

Making food with faces is actually pretty labor intensive, but I'm excited to give it a whirl for when Olivia goes to preschool this year. After all, kids eat with their eyes, so I know she'll be wanting to feast on this.


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5 Responses to “Hawaii's Bento Box, Second Course”

  1. Sam Urai:

    Makes you want to be a kid again.

  2. theDman:

    How can you eat a face smiling at you?

  3. M:

    Hello Diane!

    It looks very cute and to pretty to eat.

    I would guess that it's time consuming to prepare.

  4. RedZone:

    Whoever married the sous-chef if one smart dude.

  5. RedZone:

    if = is

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