When Asian Food Meets Art: Incredible, Edible Creations
This entry was posted on January 21, 2009.
Move over mashed potato volcanoes! Some of us look at rice and see a tasty side dish. Others visualize distant landscapes, far off mountains, even album covers. It takes creative vision and a lot of will power to make a masterpiece out of food. Here, we present a gallery of our favorite cuisine creations.
Most Original: Album Cover Artist
Jacket Lunch Box is written in Japanese, but don't worry if you can't understand it because the work speaks volumes. The artist and apparent Andrew W.K. fan replicates famous album covers in bento boxes, then dishes about his creations on Jacket Lunch Box. Made from rice, seaweed, fish cakes, and every ingredient imaginable, these cuisine creations are incredibly realistic. A rock n roll twist on rice!
Most Educational: Bento from Junko Terashima
Mom Junko Terashima makes the most incredible Bento boxes for her kids. Most of us would be happy with a pb-and-j from dear old Mom. Junko creates fantasy worlds and brightly colored characters out of lettuce, rice balls, and sushi. Check out her Bento version of Mozart. Note to moms and dads everywhere: vegetables taste better when they resemble a cartoon or historical figure. If you want your kids to clean their plates, start crafting bento boxes. Or mix furitake seasoning into your rice for bold color and flavor.
Most Awe-Inspiring: Rice Patty Art
Now that we've seen awe-inspiring rice patty art, we'll never admire a plain old crop circle again. Each year, farmers in the town of Inakadate create breathtaking works of art using yellow-and green-leafed rice. If you want to get the best view of the rice patty fields, take to the sky, but get there before the rice is harvested in September. View more photos at Pink Tentacle.
Most Huggable: Asian Animal Art
When it comes to food, presentation is almost as important as flavor. This pup taking a bath in golden curry looks too cute to devour (almost). We'd rather cuddle with him or scratch his little chin. And he's waving! We don't know the name of the original artist that crafted this adorable meal, but we found the photo at PJ Lighthouse.
If you're hungry for more food art and Bento or want to learn how to make it, check out Just Bento and Lunch in a Box. Before you start molding rice into animals and characters, stock up on Asian food and groceries at Asian Food Grocer.com.