How to make it
Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in the cold water for 30 minutes, then drain.
Cook the rice in a rice cooker according to the manufacturer's instructions or place the rice and 1 1/4 cups of water in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to the lowest setting, cover, and cook until all the water has been absorbed, 10-13 minutes. Remove from heat, leave the cover on, and allow to rest for another 10 minutes. Remove the lid, fluff the rice and mix in Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Cooking Soy Sauce. Allow to rest until just cool enough to handle.
To form cute animal shapes, wet your hands with cold water, rub with salt and grab a handful of the warm rice. Form the mound of rice into a ball for the head, using plastic wrap if needed. Add smaller mounds of rice for “ears”. Sprinkle with Lee Kum Kee Pure Sesame Oil and garnish with sesame seeds. Use a piece of nori to cut out the desired face.
Line the bottom tier of the bento box with lettuce. Add the cute rice animal, fill the second tier with fried chicken, grape tomatoes, shelled edamame, and carrots.
Cut shapes out of the cheese slice using a cutter or by hand with a knife. Serve with small dishes of Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo and Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce for dipping. Enjoy!