Baby products from Japan 2: Panda Rice Mould
+Karaage: Japanese style fried chicken

My baby daughter started to be looked after by a local childminder during the day and this mould became one of the coolest items to prepare her lunch box. 

To rehearse the panda rice, I made many pandas for Mr. Husband's bento together with karaage, the Japanese style fried chicken.
Mr. Husband's bento contents:
Panda rice, karaage, omelette, tomato, cucumber, potato salad

Here is the real part.
Daughter's bento contents: Panda rice, karaage and potato, carrot and beans stirfred with mayonnaise and oyster sauce.
The left is tomato and sausage soup.

I couldn't resist buying this product once I found in Japan.

1. Stuff the rice tightly in the mould then press it with the lid

2. place the moulded rice in the bento box

3. Punch panda face parts with a nori, seaweed black paper

4. Attach face parts to the moulded rice

Pandas are ready!!

 Unfortunately, cannot find the one outside Japan. 
Here is the similar rice mould item found in Japan Centre London.

Directions for Karaage


  • 2 pieces of chicken thigh 
  • one table spoon of mirin
  • one tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • tiny portion of grated garlic
  • 2-3 tablespoons of potato or corn flour
  • vegetable oil for deepfrying


1. Cut the chicken into bite sized. Season them with mirin, soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Leave it for a while (desirably over night).
2. Dust the chicken pieces with potato or corn flour. Fill vegetable oil into a frying pan at 1-1.5 cm depth. Heat it up with small-middle temperature.

3.  Deepfry chicken pieces for 2-3 mints in both sides. Do not have to cook throughly. Then set them aside in a paper towel.

4. Heat up the oil to high temperature then cook the chicken pieces again till they get nice brown to serve. This process takes about 2-3 mints.

Time to prepare: 15-20 mints (excluding seasoning time)
Total cost: 2.3 pounds (2 for chicken thigh pieces)

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