Made some simple udon soup in a dashi soup base for my lunch yesterday, and added Totoro and Chibi Totoro into it. Totoro was made using a hard boiled egg that was dipped in mentsuyu (soba dipping sauce) for half an hour, and Chibi Totoro was cut out from a hard boiled quail egg.
I would have liked Totoro to be a slightly darker shade, if I had more time and left it longer in the mentsuyu I guess it would be slightly darker. I’ve done a tutorial on making the Totoro egg below, this was recreated today. It is a slightly darker shade as I left it in the mentsuyu to soak for about an hour. Sorry if it is rather messy, I am not very good at making tutorials.
Steps to make a Totoro hard boiled egg
1. Pour mentsuyu into a small cup, I used a ready mix this time but you can easily make it from scratch too.
2. Top up with some water and leave the hard boiled egg to soak. Be careful not to fully cover the hard boiled egg with the mentsuyu, as we need a white portion for Totoro’s tummy.
3. Remove the hard boiled egg after an hour. The egg will be stained brown, with a white portion for Totoro’s tummy.
4. Slice off a small piece from the back of the hard boiled egg. This is to make the ears and eyes of Totoro, and also helps the egg rest nicely when placed on noodles or soup.
5. Cut off two triangles from the back slice of egg. This will be Totoro’s ears.
6. Make two slits on the hard boiled egg to slot the ears.
7. Slot Totoro’s ears into the slit.
8. There, Totoro’s shape is now formed. Next would be to do up the facial details.
9. Use a small round cutter to cut out two circles for the whites of Totoro’s eyes.
10. Cut his eyes, nose, whiskers and tummy details out from nori.
11. Affix the nori details, and the Totoro hard boiled egg is complete.