Halloween food treats

By on September 29, 2011
Photo © Elena Derevtsova
Halloween Bentos

Japan is not new to the halloween western tradition.  While the kids from the west enjoy sweet treats disguised as spooky,  the Japanese version of halloween treats tend to focus more on being "kawaii"  (cute in English) and "kenko teki" (healthy). ‘Tis the season for putting Japanese moms’ creativity to work.  Japanese bentos are very easy to prepare yet attention to detail is required.  

However you want to create them, the basic ingredients you can work with range from ready made packed meatballs (sold in groceries), veggies such as lettuce, asparagus sticks, carrots, nori (seaweed sheet), steamed rice, eggs or ready-to-eat omelet, wiener sausages, sesame seeds, ketchup for coloring, cheese, cod roe, broccoli, baby potatoes, cucumber, eda mame (boiled soybean) and many more.
Be a hit at home. Surprise your kid with your own bento creation!

Halloween Cooking Contest

Hotel Nikko Tokyo is looking for entries to the Halloween Cooking Contest.  Participants must be a team of parent and child with a halloween inspired recipe.  Recipes must be submitted by October 14, 2011 (Friday).  

Fax  (03) 5500-5516 or email fb@hnt.co.jp

Winners will receive dinner tickets and winning entries will be featured and served at the Ocean Dining mediterranean restaurant on October 29 (Sat) and 30 (Sun)

Bubba Gump Shrimp

Until October 31, diners will be treated to special limited halloween menus such as Shrimper’s Net Catch with steamed pumpkin (¥2,480) 300 grams and (¥1,880) 200 grams, Jack O’ lantern lemonade (¥980), Jenny’s Ghoulish Goblet (¥1,080) and Pumpkin Pie.

Kids love Bubba Gump’s theme park style atmosphere.  

L’acqua Bldg 1F, Kasuga 1-1-1, Bunkyo -ku, Tokyo    Tel 03-3868-7041
Lalaport Toyosu 3F 2-4-9 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo       Tel 03-6910-1442

Mickey and Minnie Halloween Bento

Haven’t got time to prepare bentos for the kids?  No problem.  Seven Eleven is promoting its Mickey and Mini Halloween Bento (packed lunch) complete with a halloween inspired box, chopsticks available at all Seven Eleven stores.  Pre-order your bento and get them any day from Oct. 27-31.   ¥1,500

Disney Hotels

It’s Disney’s Halloween event at the Tokyo Disneyland until October 31.  A festive colorful buffet of halloween inspired delights awaits diners at the  Sherwood Garden Restaurant of Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.  Menu includes chestnuts, mushrooms, fish in season, creme brulees and an assortment of cheeses.  Over at the Dreamers Lounge, guests will enjoy fun menus like spooky looking sandwiches shaped like pumpkins and cute desserts that will put you and your family in the spirit of Halloween.  


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