From Winnie the Pooh to Lilo and Stitch, this mom is a pro at bringing Disney characters to life through her incredible bento food art.
Stay-at-home mom, Li Ming Lee from Singapore, started creating character bentos in 2008 for her oldest son Ivan Tey.
For those who don’t know, a character bento, or “charaben” for short, is an elaborately designed meal in Japanese cuisine that usually consists of rice, fish or meat, and vegetables.
When Ivan first started elementary school, he had a hard time adjusting to being away from his mom and would often cry when he was dropped off at school. As a way to comfort him during his hours at school, Lee decided to make charabens, complete with a lunch note, to give him something to look forward to at lunchtime.
When her second son Lucas Tey got a little older, he started requesting his own charabens as well. So year after year, Lee continued making beautiful bento meals for her kids.
“When I started, it was my boys’ enthusiasm that kept me making the charabens,” Lee tells Babble. “Over time, I fell in love with making them, and it has become a hobby for me to indulge in when I have pockets of…