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Little Miss Bento
Bento artist, Cookbook Author & Blogger / Singapore
廚師, 食譜作者 & 部落客 / 新加坡
Although many might though she is Japanese, Shirley also know as Little Miss Bento, comes from Singapore. Her passion for cooking has reached a new level where creating a simple lunch becomes a meticulous process, involving different techniques of cooking, colored ingredients, drawing and cutting into the food, finding a perfect scenario to show the creations and keeping her audience more hungry every time she update a new post.
She is the first Singaporean to be certified as instructor by the Japan Sushi Association and her love for the Nippon country has taken her to study Japanese for two years. Little Miss Bento is now one of the most influential Kawaii / Cute blogs in the scene, collaborating with important brands, giving workshops and publishing books to help other people create their own bentos.
要和大家介紹的這位Shirley，也是大家所知曉的Little Miss Bento，很多人都以為她是日本人，但她其實來自新加坡，她對烹飪的熱情已達到一個新的水平，從做一個簡單的午餐演變成一個精緻細膩的過程，包含不同的烹飪方法、五顏六色的食材、有時以繪製和切法賦予食物不同面貌、找一個合適的完美方法顯示作品，並每次更新貼文的時候讓粉絲的饑餓感更強烈。
她是第一個得到日本壽司教師協會認證的新加坡人，也因為本身很喜歡日本而讀了兩年的日文，Little Miss Bento是目前最有影響力且非常可愛的部落格之一，與鼎鼎有名的品牌合作、舉辦研討會和出版書籍幫助更多人來創造屬於他們自己的便當。
R. Hello! Who is Little Miss Bento?
S. My name is Shirley, although most people know me by my online moniker - Little Miss Bento. I started cooking much younger when I was schooling. I guess my mom being the good cook has always encouraged us to try our hands at cooking.
R. 哈囉! 請介紹一下誰是Little Miss Bento?
S. 雖然大多數人知道我是因為我網路上的暱稱＂Little Miss Bento＂，但我叫Shirely，在我年記還小、就學的時候就開始下廚了，我想我媽媽是個好廚師，他總是鼓勵我們親自去嘗試烹飪。
R. On average how long it takes you to create a new bento?
S. About 1 hour, give or take.
R. What are your favorite ingredients or the ones you use the most?
S. I guess personally really enjoy Japanese and more Asian cooking, so the common ingredients in my bento includes rice, seaweed, tamagoyaki eggs etc.
R. Have you take any course in arts or photography any to take your cooking to the next level?
S. Actually I was in the arts prior to my culinary journey. I was an Art student back in college and was a full time performing arts practitioner for many years.
However for cooking, most of my training was done in Japan. I am a certified instructor with the Japan sushi instructor association as well as with Japan Salonaise Association. However many of these training was spurred on by my personal interest to upgrade and be better. It was really not because I had a huge career goal in mind.
For photography, it was really pick up as I went. I was never trained professionally in photography, but I do enjoying styling for my shoots
R. What is your audience most liked bento to time?
S. Actually I havent kept track, as there are many popular postings. I think of the popular items include character sushi and some of the unexpected menu like when I turn local foods etc into character designs.
R. What are your inspirations when comes to cooking?
S. I follow trends closely and personally only cook things that I will eat myself. So its not only for the camera, but it should feed the tummy too.
R. Some brands and restaurants have approached you to make collaborations, how is to work with big corporations?
At the beginning, it was pretty daunting yet exciting at the same time. I guess it is about value-adding with my expertise and sharing what I know with them.
R. You are the first Singaporean to get the certification of the japan sushi instructor association. How was the process to get it?
S. It involves several round of training sessions and a final examination in Japan. We were required to make sushi without guidance, within a certain time frame and everything had a score. including demerit points if you have like a stray rice grain hanging at the side, or on your knife.
R. You have visited Taiwan few times, what do you think about the food culture here?
S. I think what strikes me the most was Taiwan’s strong street food culture, especially the night markets which is very special and unique to the city. Amidst the buzz and the warmth of the friendly store owners, it is really nice to be able to enjoy quality food at very reasonable prices.
Check more about Little Miss Bento at www.littlemissbento.com
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All Little Miss Bento Books > www.littlemissbento.com/book/
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15 January 2017
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