Coconut Shrimp Bento + Bento Timewarp

So I realized today that 1-1-11 was my one year anniversary of bento-making! In honor of my 1 year bentoversary (two weeks late) another bento!

Last night my hubby and I made this ridiculously delicious coconut shrimp. Into today’s bento it went, along with homemade peanut-lime dipping sauce, sesame seasoned rice noodles (store-bought product; not homemade). In the second tier, I have a cabbage-carrot saute, hard boiled egg, cooked apples with cinnamon, and the obligatory bento items of cheese cubes and an agar-agar jelly.

By request, here is the recipe for my peanut-lime sauce:

1 cup all-natural peanut butter
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
the zest and juice from 1 lime
2 teaspoons sriracha hot sauce
2 teaspoons brown sugar (omit if your peanut butter is sweetened)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons ground ginger

Whisk the peanut butter, chicken broth, soy sauce, and coconut milk until smooth. Fold in the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth and thick.

Since it is my one-year bentoversary, I thought I’d share a photo of my first ever bento:

Here it is, in all its bento amateur glory! I think we can say my bento have much improved, though I know I still have a lot to learn. 😉

How long have you done bento? What did your first one look like?

SHOUT OUT TO FELLOW BENTO ENTHUSIASTS: Do you have a blog? Want to be featured? I want to do a “bento blog shout out” this week to promote my bento friends and my favorite blogs. Let me know if you have a blog and want a mention!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Steph
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 21:37:18

    I’m hoping I can keep improving on my bento…

    anyway, I’ve been reading your blog for a while, read quite a few “back issues,” and wouldn’t mind if you’d mention my new bento blog:



  2. heather
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 12:04:44

    Oh yes, much better! I laugh so hard when I look at my old bentos ^_^ Coconut shrimp sounds great, I haven’t had any in quite a while. Do you have a recipe for your sauce???


  3. Bentobird/Jenn
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 16:13:47

    This is just too yummy Katy–I need coconut shrimp and some of that beautiful peanut-lime sauce ASAP! Congrats on your one year bentoversary! I started bentoing back in October of 2009, and have so enjoyed the culinary adventures along the way!

    I’d be honored to receive a “shout out” at your cool blog!


    • katycrayon
      Jan 19, 2011 @ 16:31:16

      The coconut shrimp were soooo easy! You just peel, devein, and butterfly the shrimp, coat them in cornstarch, egg whites, and then shredded coconut. Then fry to golden perfection! They were sooo yummy.

      I will definitely feature you! 😀


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