Koi Pond Bento

yes, I know, people freak out when they see blue rice.....


Too many holiday obligations to make many bento's this month, but I've been thinking about this one for awhile.


The stones surrounding the pool are soy-braised button, bunashimeji (beech), and tiny enoki mushrooms. The Koi are kamaboko with red bell pepper and nori details. The pond is a thin layer of blue rice - underneath is plain old chicken fried rice. Not shown is a Carrot and Daikon side salad. Maybe I'll post that tomorrow :)

  • Amy Anderson 5y

    Nice use of mushrooms for the rocks.
  • dicentragirl 5y

    Holey smokes that's fantastic!
  • shashinjutsu 5y

    So nice to see a koi pond over here :))
    (Beware of the cats though ;)
  • seigyuu 5y

    *^* That's so pretty!
  • Bentobird 5y

    Excellent! The koi have great vitality and charm, and using bunashimeji for stones is all kinds of inspired!
  • Red1332 5y

    I'm floored by this. It's so simple but you know exactly what it's supposed to be. You have mad skillz!
  • Cathryn3 5y

    thank you everyone, I'm very flattered by your comments :) You all inspire me on to bigger and better bento's!
  • gamene 5y

    beautiful and artistic... the koi fish are so elegant and graceful in their perfect pond!
  • Cathryn3 5y

    thank you gamene!
  • hapa bento 5y

    Prize winning kohaku and tancho sanke! (I'm a koi geek)
    Very creative bento.
  • lindamccraven 5y

    i love it! i can so appreciate blue rice. when i was growing up (in sc, usa) we had rice every single day of my life. at a certain it was my job to make it. i hated that. and i hated that it was plain white all the time. so one day i added food coloring to make it turqoise. it was beautiful. my dad would not eat it and made remake it. so i appreciate your blue rice, plus i loooooooooove koi ponds.
  • Lil'chan 5y

    Wow, this is really beautiful!
    Never seen such great koi and blue rice ;)
    The mushroom stones ware indeed a great idea ^-^
  • Cathryn3 5y

    thanks hapa bento, lindamccraven, and Lil'chan! I really enjoyed researching the koi!
  • *Camellia* 5y

    This is simply adorable! Great job (^-^)b
  • Cathryn3 5y

    thank you *Camellia*!
  • Cathryn3 5y

    thanks for making this a favorite psychomelody !
  • Laura Nguyen 5y

    im in love with those stones!!!! great idea. did u freehand those koi fish?
  • Cathryn3 5y

    thanks Laura Bento - no I didn't freehand the fish, I found a line drawing using google image search and transferred to paper for a makeshift template for the outline (I did freehand the koi details). Actually, the hardest part of this bento was placing the mushroom stones.
  • Kathryn Sow 4y

    I love the blue rice! What a beautiful piece!
  • Cathryn3 4y

    thanks Mummy Deary!
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