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What Is Bento

What is Bento Uncovered, Definition, History, Origin & Benefits

The concept of bento has been around since the 12th century but what is bento, what does bento mean, what are bento boxes used for and where did they originate? The English word "bento" is derived from the Japanese word bentou or "ben(t)ō" お弁当 which refers to a Japanese boxed lunch. While bento is the packed lunch the term Bentō-bak...

Tsukune Recipe, Japanese Meatbalsl

Irresistible Tsukune Recipe, Traditional Japanese Meatball

This Tsukune recipe (Japanese meatballs) is typically made with ground chicken or pork. They’re grilled with a sweet, sticky, tangy sauce that makes them totally irresistible. Packed with flavor and incredibly moist and tender, you will love serving these for a weeknight dinner or a party appetiser. The meatballs are sometimes boile...

Bento Boxes For Adults

Bento Boxes for Adults, Simple Yet Elegant Grown-Up Bento

Japanese bento boxes for Adults is an inherent part of Japanese culture, however; it has become an integral part of the global culture too in today’s times. It's easy to go overboard at lunch and bento is perfect for portion control any meal. Their capacity and compartmentalised design allow you to fit varied food items without any...

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 Bento Box is ...

Onigiri Bento Recipe

Onigiri Recipe (Japanese Rice Balls), Delicious & Easy to Make

Onigiri Recipe (Japanese Rice Balls) is a healthy and delicious option for serving with bento lunches. Onigiri, also known as omusubi consists of white rice shaped into triangular or cylindrical balls and covered in nori (seaweed). Several rice options are used including plain steamed rice, onigiri rice ball shapes, fried rice, Taki...

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 ...

Koraku Bento (Picnic Lunchbox)

Koraku Bento (Picnic Lunchbox)

Koraku Bento translated into English is Picnic Lunchbox. As the name suggests, Koraku Bento boxes are made for sharing among a group of people at picnics, day outings and sports events. In March and April they are prepared and shared with a group of friends during the cherry blossom viewing festivals. Similar to traditional bento b...

Bamboo Bento Box

Biodegradable Bento Box Review

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...

Bento Box Magic

Bento Box Magic

Bento Box Magic | The sense of fun associated with bento boxes has made them highly popular worldwide. Besides the fun element, the functionality purpose is also served effectively by them. Bento boxes or Obentos as they are called in Japan are very appealing to kids and adults alike. Bento Box Magic Serves all purposes All kids who...

Impact Of Bento Culture

Bento Box Culture, The Impact

Bento Box Culture | The homemade bento has been an inherent part of Japanese culture since the yore days and continues to be so even today. Used in several settings ranging from fall leaf viewing, cherry blossom viewing, baseball games, kabuki theatre to railway sojourns the bento is cherished essentiality in Japan. Impact Of Bento Box Cu...

Oekakiben Bento

Oekakiben Bento

Oekakiben or "picture bento" is a type of bento box that is prepared by the mother for her child in a manner that the ingredients are decorated to resemble a picture or a scene. Often depicting objects such as animals, favourite pets, famous people, buildings, monuments, scenes from a favourite movie or specific items such as flower...

Which Bento Box Type Is Right For You

Which Bento Box Should I Use?

Bento boxes help you to pack a healthy, colourful and tasty lunch and make lunchtimes at the workplace or school exciting and something to be waited for.  It is essential to ensure that you have a box that best suits your requirements. Finding a perfect fit of the box will largely depend on what you intend to pack for your lunch. Bento Bo...

Bento Boxes Melbourne Thumb Nail Image

Bento Boxes Melbourne, the Revolution

There is nothing quite like eating a delicious Japanese meal from a bento box. Available from close to 100 restaurants in Melbourne, where can you buy a traditionally cooked bento box meal? The bento concept can be traced back to the 16th Century Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1568 – 1600). Farmers sent on their way to work to till their f...

History Of Bento Boxes

Controversial History of Bento Boxes

History of Bento Boxes starts during the Edo period (1603-1868) were various materials were used such as a magnolia leaf, oak leaf, bamboo sheath or bamboo leaf was used to wrap lunches on the go. These were not durable and didn't last long so they started to make bento wood. The earliest know record of bento was created by interwea...

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