Making Japanese Bento Box Lunches

Posted on June 17th, 2012 in Random Thoughts,Recipes by Stephanie

I love to spend my free time in the evenings making cute Japanese bento box lunches which I keep in the fridge for lunch the next day. Bento lunches are hugely popular in Japan. They are home packed lunches that consist typically of rice, meat or fish and vegetables but it’s really up to you what you want to put in it. There are so many different varieties and possible food combinations that you can use.

Making bento lunches has become somewhat of an art with the food being used to create many different designs including cartoon characters such as Southpark and The Simpsons :)

Southpark And The Simpsons Bento Box Food Art

People have even made bento lunches in honour of their idols. Check out the Bill Gates and Tiger Woods bento lunch designs below!

Bill Gates And Tiger Woods Bento Box Food Art

Bento boxes come in a huge array of colours, patterns and sizes and although typically rectangular shaped, they can also be found in the shape of animals, food, popular Japanese characters, etc. They are usually both microwave and dishwasher safe so it is easy to heat up your lunch and clean in the dishwasher afterwards. That’s assuming that you aren’t having dishwasher problems like the ones that I’m experiencing! I recently got a new dishwasher installed in my kitchen after months of deciding on what dishwasher to get but every time I’ve attempted to use it, my dishes aren’t clean! :( So if anyone has any good dishwasher troubleshooting pointers that they would like to share, please let me know! :)

There are many different bento accessories available such as picks, cups (to separate food), sauce bottles, rice moulds, vegetable cutters, seaweed punches, egg moulds, etc so that you can make cute and beautifully presented lunches. I just bought a simple white bento box from the Japanese homeware shop Muji on Oxford Street so I decided to use it to make a pig themed bento lunch. I used some cute pig shaped bento cups and pig bento picks and sauce bottle to decorate the bento. The bento contains kanpyo (sweet gourd) rolls, edamame, tomato slices, a hard boiled egg (shaped into a heart using a Japanese egg mould), curry potato croquette, chicken siu mai and a mochi filled with matcha green tea chocolate.

Pig Themed Bento Lunch

I also made another bento lunch consisting of mostly Japanese food. It contains boiled vegetables with spicy miso sauce, salmon furikake rice ball, fish cake balls with edamame, gyoza dumplings, kimchee fried rice, seaweed with sesame, cream corn croquette with Kewpie mayonaise and rambutan with pineapple for dessert. I used some cute flower bento picks that I got in Japan to accessorise the lunch.

Japanese Bento Lunch

Bento lunches are fairly simple to make although more time consuming than making sandwiches but hopefully this post has inspired you to try and make cute and tasty bento lunches for your loved ones! 

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Comment by Montreal Hotel
2012-06-19 07:57:39

I’m really interested to try this out, I was been fascinated with the cute designs, and hesitant to eat of its wonderful forms.. : )

Comment by italian cheese
2012-06-19 17:13:01

That is really cute and clever, I have been experimenting with different foods and I need to try these out.

2012-06-20 10:32:59

hmmm very interesting…fantanstic blog you have..!!

Happy Blogging!

2012-06-20 21:44:09

I love the meal set, looks delicious and healthy.

2012-06-22 12:33:23

Great article !!
I am really impressed with these wonderful forms….

Keep happy posting ahead!!!

Comment by MarketYoutube
2012-06-23 15:27:12

Wow this food is so interesting! Fantastic design! I think I want to eat all of the food hahaha

Comment by rollanime
2012-06-28 11:13:31

so interesting. What a great lunch Hahaha

Comment by Sidler
2012-06-28 14:52:38

so nice, its way too lovely to eat it. even if you didn’t taste it, I bet you get full already..

Comment by From PDX with Love
2012-06-29 05:18:08

I’d do these for my boys’ if they just weren’t so time consuming! But they are pretty nifty

Comment by Danny
2012-06-30 14:05:31

Wow the character ones look good but not good to eat.

Comment by Konstantinos
2012-07-01 00:28:15

All the weird stuff comes always from Japan!

Comment by Jones
2012-07-02 10:40:38

Its really very interesting and i will sure try this out.I have no experience to make this but i hope i might be make a tasty bento.i really like your this post.thank you so much for sharing this.

Comment by Adrian
2012-07-04 12:00:54

These are fantastic creations! Hats off to the creators :)


Comment by Wijdan Rohail
2012-07-04 13:19:06

I love Japanese food, as these are not only delicious but also good look, which really gives us envy to eat…

Comment by Vintage Invitations
2012-07-12 18:12:04

Love it!!

Comment by Furnitureflair
2012-07-15 22:13:23

Oh how adorable. The Simpsons and the Tiger Wood designs are simply ingenius. Love it. The food under the pictures look delicious too. This article has put a big smile on my face. Thank you.

Comment by Matt
2012-07-23 02:03:33

Ah so cute. Japan produces the most adorable things.

Comment by ceramic
2012-09-12 00:26:27

Those are adorable! I love Marge Simpson’s hair! Thanks for sharing.

Comment by jen
2012-10-30 08:03:12

I never knew this is what these things were called. I always made my daughter sandwiches with lettuce poking out the top for hair; olive eyes and gummy bear or dried cranberry lips. I was a Bento mom b/f I knew Bento. Ha!

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