Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bento Basics 1 - What is a bento?

Bento also called Obento (sometimes spelled Bentou)  is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. With the influence of Japanese culture, through anime, manga, J-drama and etc the trend of making bento is becoming more and more popular around the world.
If you always watch anime, you will notice that there are many reasons, occasions or excuses for preparing a good bento box lunch...

  • School lunch box
  • Is a must food during picnics, outings and sakura viewing (Ohanami)
  • Foor for travelling (in a bus or train)
  • And the most popular reason is for expressing love (girl x guy thing).

Never under estimate the power of bento...

Whatever the reason is, today the bento making craze is everywhere. Everyone wants to make their own bento box meal and show off their creativity. It's kawaii (cute) and fun to make, delicious to eat, cheaper than takeouts and can be healthier too (depending on what you put in your bento ofcourse).

Here is a good video from Howcast to give you the concept of bento making...

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