Hello Kitty Cherry Bento Box - The perfect lunch for any Hello Kitty fan, this pink & girly bento is so easy to make, it's nearly foolproof, making it perfect for beginner bento makers. Along with step-by-step instructions & video tutorial, find out the amazing tool I use to easily shape perfectly circular rice balls in just 30 seconds!! | [character bento, kyaraben, charaben]

Hello Kitty Rice Cherries

  • Author: Shannon
  • Yield: 4 Hello Kitty cherries
  • Category: Character Bento


Hello Kitty Rice Cherries make the perfect bento box for any Hello Kitty fan! Naturally dyed pink with beet powder, these rice balls are quick and easy to make thanks to a handy (& fun!) rice mold. Perfect for bento beginners, and a quick & easy lunch idea for bento veterans! {Vegetarian}


Food Items:

Recommended Tools:

  • 2 double leaf stem food picks
  • Mini rice ball mold
  • Hello Kitty nori punch
  • Hello Kitty food cutter
  • Plastic wrap



  1. Using the Hello Kitty nori punch, punch out the full design from the nori seaweed 4 times, so that you end up with 4 sets of Hello Kitty faces. Keep all pieces except for the nose.
  2. Using the nose (AKA small oval) cutter located on the Hello Kitty food cutter, cut out 4 noses from the orange cheese – these will become the Hello Kitty cherries’ noses.
  3. ┬áPour the plum sesame salt furikake into a small bowl, and pick out 4 of the flower chips to use in place of Hello Kitty’s bow. Pour remaining unused furikake back into the packet.

Dying the Rice:

  1. In a small bowl, mix beet powder with 1 – 2 tablespoons warm water until dissolved. Feel free to add more beet powder as needed to achieve desired color.
  2. Add your homemade pink dye to warm rice, and mix until rice becomes evenly colored.


  1. Fill mini rice ball mold with pink rice, secure the lid, and shake for 30 seconds. Carefully remove rice balls from mold, and wrap each one in plastic wrap until ready to decorate. Repeat this entire step until you have a total of 4 pink rice balls.
  2. Using tweezers, apply nori facial features (eyes & whiskers) to a pink rice ball.
  3. Using tweezers, apply the orange cheese nose to the pink rice ball.
  4. Using tweezers, apply 1 flower furikake chip just above either the left or right eye, where Hello Kitty’s bow would normally sit. Feel free to use some honey or mayo to help it stick better.
  5. Repeat Steps 2 – 4 on remaining 3 rice balls.
  6. Take 2 Hello Kitty rice “cherries” and connect them to each other by inserting the double leaf stem food pick into the top of each one. Repeat on remaining 2 Hello Kitty rice cherries.


  • To make the “pink” omelette rice, follow my white egg crepe recipe, with the additional step of adding 1/4 teaspoon beet powder to the egg white mixture before whisking. Once you cook the egg crepe, it should turn a lovely light pink shade. Wrap the pink egg crepe around 1 serving of ketchup rice, and top with white cheese hearts and Hello Kitty cherries for extra cuteness.

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