I made this simple bento for my eldest son, Adrian, to celebrate his birthday tommorrow. 🙂
In Chinese Lunar calender there are twelve Zodiac animal signs (生肖 shēngxiào) or Earthly Branches . Every year is assigned an animal name or “sign” according to a repeating cycle: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar. Therefore, every twelve years the same animal name or “sign” would reappear.
Adrian was born in the year of the Sheep (羊), so I used rice and quail egg to make a very simple white sheep. Then use nori and imitation crab meat (red color part) to decorate the sheep. The little white sheep was surrounded by broccoli florets.
Other than the rice, quail egg and broccoli, there are some mushrooms, chicken and cherry tomatoes in the upper section of the box and a big orange too. he love to eat orange, so I gave him a BIG one..hehe. Those little stars were cut from the imitation crab meat (white color part).
Adrian was so happy to receive this bento as part of his birthday gift…hehe…there are other surprise is waiting for him tomorrow and I hope he like the birthday celebration which I am planning for him tomorrow too. Wish my lovely son “Happy birthday!!”. 🙂
Update: Linked to Shannon’s “What’s for Lunch” Wednesday, Week 28!!!