Bento is a single portion, rice based meal common in Japanese cuisine. They are served in a box with separated compartments and often decorated to look like popular cartoon characters or animals. Topeka teens made their own bentos in this fun library program. They formed sticky sushi rice into crazy shapes using plastic wrap and cookie cutters.
The teens added lunchmeat, cheese, and veggies to make healthy and balanced bento meals. They cut up dried seaweed sheets to decorate the bentos and make onigiri. They also used food safe markers to draw cute details onto the food.