[SBA2015] Best Topical Blog: Who can resist kawaii bentos?

October 16th, 2015


Singapore Blog Awards 2015 Best Topical Blog - Little Miss Bento

QUEEN OF BENTOS: Shirley (left), also known as Little Miss Bento on her blog and social media, is a local bento artist and food stylist. (Images: Interviewee)

QUEEN OF BENTOS: Shirley (left), also known as Little Miss Bento on her blog and social media, is a local bento artist and food stylist. (Images: Interviewee)

1. Give us a brief introduction to yourself!

Hi! I am Shirley, although most people might know me as Little Miss Bento for the kawaii food and lunch boxes that I share on my blog and Instagram (@littlemissbento).

2. What do you think sets your blog apart from other cooking/recipe blogs?

I believe its a creativity in the creation of these cute lunchboxes. My recipe postings and Japanese culture related articles are also popular with my followers.

3. How much time and money do you spend into running your blog on average each month?

I would say I spend more than half of my free time managing my blog and social media accounts, as it also involve cooking and coming up with my own original recipes.

CREATIVITY: Shirley has created many kawaii (Japanese for "cute") bentos taking inspirations from characters such as the very popular Gudetama (right) and also even from landmarks such as Mount Fuji (left).

CREATIVITY: Shirley has created many kawaii (Japanese for "cute") bentos drawing inspirations from characters such as the very popular Gudetama (right) and also even from landmarks such as Mount Fuji (left). (Images: Interviewee)

4. Do you actually cook everyday? Erm, what usually happens to all the bentos and stuff you made?

Almost daily, sometimes I cook over the weekend and save those postings for “rainy” days. I like to surprise my followers with new content on a daily basis if possible. Also a question that I get asked often, yes, I do eat the food creations and bentos that I make. Sometimes they are for my hubby or shared with my friends.

5. What are some tips you can give to someone new to creating kawaii bentos?

Start simple. I know this may be unexpected but I believe in starting simple, such as focusing on just a character, or using some cutters to make cute shapes.

For shaping of rice balls, characters with basic shapes like ovals and circles are easier e.g.  Teddy Bear. Characters without too many details or colours required are also relatively easier.

Starting simple allows one to slowly build up the skills without feeling too overwhelmed with making kawaii food.

It will be good to invest in some bento picks and vegetable cutters, these can really dress up your bento lunch.

6. What is the most difficult/complicated bento you have ever made?

DELICATE: This Totoro bento is by far one of the most challenging ones that Shirley has created. (Image: Interviewee)

DELICATE: This Totoro bento is by far one of the most challenging ones that Shirley has created. (Image: Interviewee)

If I have to definitely choose to say one. it will be this Totoro seaweed bento. Not so much the duration, but more because the design is quite delicate, I had to be extra careful in doing the the seaweed cutting so make sure that the design stayed intact and not tangle. took me about 1 hour to complete the seaweed cutting and colours.

7. Have you had any weird bento design requests from your readers/followers before?

Luckily no weird requests yet. But it is not uncommon for my social media followers to comment requesting for foodart or bento creations or their favourite characters.

NOT JUST BENTO: Besides bento, Shirley also creates other food items such as sushi, dango, cupcakes and more. (Images: Interviewee)

NOT JUST BENTO: Besides bento, Shirley also creates other food items such as sushi, dango, cupcakes and more. (Images: Interviewee)

8.  Lastly, say a few words about winning in Singapore Blog Awards 2015!

I was pleasantly surprised by the double awards and extremely grateful for winning in the Singapore Blog Awards for both the Best Topical Blog and Top 10 Most Popular Blog. For this, I promise to continue to do my very best in bringing to my blog readers exciting and fun postings and thank you very much for being on this journey with me.

Singapore Blog Awards 2015 Best Topical Blog & Top 10 Most Popular Blogs: littlemissbento.com
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SBA team post-interview thoughts: The topical blog category is all about displaying one’s passion and being able to influence a reader deeply. Little Miss Bento has managed to not just stir the ladies’ hearts, but also leave a strong impression with the men. Seriously, who can doubt all the effort and passion that goes every bento and food dish? She is undoubtedly SG’s Queen of Bentos!

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