Chinese New Year bentos – Year of the Monkey

Next weekend is Chinese New Year Eve already, and I’ve been busy baking the last few days! The kids eat about three quarters of the first tray of each bake even before the cookies are cooled, so I have to keep baking more cookies to replenish my “supply”. I’ll try to do some cute ones worth posting, the last 2 cookie recipes I tried are so super yummy that even my health-conscious hubby keeps snacking on it!

The coming Lunar New Year will be the Year of the Monkey. I made two monkey-themed bentos so far, will see if I can do more this coming week.

This first monkey bento was done for a demo earlier this month. I used teriyaki sauce to colour the rice brown, and made a rice version of a gold ingot for the monkey to hold. May the coming year be a prosperous one for everyone!

I carved the word 福 into a slice of red apple, and turned it upside-down. The Chinese believe that when the word is upside down, 福倒 sounds like the arrival of fortune and good luck.

Monkey bento for Chinese New Year

Monkey bento for Chinese New Year

 

The next monkey bento is a simple one I made out of an open faced peanut butter sandwich. The trunk and branches of the tree are made using thin slices of cucumber. The monkey is holding two mandarin oranges which I cut out from carrots. So this monkey is all ready to go visiting during the Lunar New Year!

Monkey bento for Chinese New Year

Monkey bento for Chinese New Year

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