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Japanese Bento Box Types

Traditional bento box types are typically a Japanese lunch-box though today the concept has made its presence felt in every household worldwide. Distinct from the standard lunch box in the sense constituent, a perfect combination of varied textures, tastes and food ingredients. Hanami (flower viewing) bento in Edo per...

Shikaeshi Bento Rice & Nori Broken Heart

Shikaeshi Bento, Revenge Bento Uncovered

Curious to know how a Japanese wife’s anger is expressed while preparing lunch for her husband? "Uncooked rice, an uncooked egg or a broken heart cut from Nori and one chopstick”, OUCH! Shikaeshi bento is the Japanese wives revenge bento prepared after an argument and its not the lunch you hope to try. Couples can’t always expect ...

Japanese Tonkatsu Recipe

Tonkatsu Recipe (Japanese Pork Cutlet Bento Recipe)

For all those new to Japanese food, the term ‘Tonkatsu’refers to a crunchy deep fried pork cutlet made the Japanese way. The cutlet is coated with special bread crumbs, covered with Tonkatsu sauce and served on a bowl of hot steamed rice alongside shredded pieces of cabbage. The term ‘Katsu’ is an abbreviated form of katsuretsu whic...

Japanese Okonomiyaki Recipe

Okonomiyaki Recipe for Bento

Experience the delicious delicacies of Japan with this customisable Okonomiyaki recipe. The Japanese savoury pancake is easy to make at home, full of authentic flavours and textures, sure to be a family favourite. Okonomiyaki お好み焼き translates to ‘grilled as you like it’. It's iconic street food in Osaka, Japan that was adopted durin...

Japanese Lunch Box

How to Prepare a Japanese Lunch Box

Japanese Lunch Boxes have become a popular substitute for a bagged lunch for the office and school or prepare elaborate meals for the family. The idea of packing bento may seem a little overwhelming at first, but with a little preparation and practice, the task becomes easier and is quite fulfilling. Packing a Japanese Lunch Box is ...

Makunouchi Bento

Makunouchi Bento

Dating back to the Edo period (1603-1867), Makunouchi Bento (幕の内弁当) or "between act bento” boxes sold in tea houses "Shibai" located in theatres. Patrons watching Noh and Kabuki performances were entertained between acts with elaborately prepared makunouchi bento meals that included bite-sized portions that could easily be picked up...

Korean Bento Boxes

Korean Bento Boxes (Dosirak)

Dosirak is a lunch box that is widely used in South Korea, it consists of a bento box packed with a home-made meal that can also be purchased from dosirak stores. Similar to Japanese bento boxes they are normally served with rice and an assortment of traditional side dishes. Dosirak bento lunch boxes normally include a meal that is...

What Is A Bento Box

What is a bento box?

A bento box is a Japanese style portable lunchbox container used to serve various single meals. Traditionally they consisted of a serving of white steamed rice accompanied by a serving of protein, fish or meat, cooked vegetables, and topped with a pickled plum. Today with the globalisation of cultures, bento boxes have found their w...

Bento Boxes Australia

1910, Australia First Discovers Bento

The first Japanese bento boxes Australia record was in June 1910 in an article by the Perth The Daily News were a young man recollects his experience of bento while taking a train ride in Japan. Bento boxes can be categorised into three types that we use today. Homemade bento which we make for the family to take to school or work lu...

Influence behind the Shokado Bento Box

Shokado Bento, Simple, Elegant & Inspiring

Shokado bento box (松花堂弁当) pronounced "shookadoo" bento is a simple yet beautifully lacquered thirty-centimeter square box divided into four equal compartments like the Chinese character for FIELD 田, with partitions that include extended edges and a lid to keep its contents warm. Shokado Bento named after Shojo Shokado (1582-October ...

Jubako - Layered Bento Boxes

Jubako, Japanese Tiered Picnic Bento

Used in Japan during the Heian period (794-1185), Jubako Bento (重箱) means "Layered Bento Boxes". Similar to bento boxes they are a combination of elaborately decorated lacquered boxes used for holding and presenting food in on outings or special occasions. The upper-classes traditionally used Jubako Bento to hold takeaway meals in f...

Bamboo Bento Box

Biodegradable Bento Box, Use Bamboo

Biodegradable Bento Box, Use Bamboo | We are all well aware of the increasing impacts of global warming, and the go green initiative is being pushed forward. Many of us are looking at how we can reduce our impact on the environment by thinking twice when buying or using a product. One way of doing this is by purchasing products made...