Lunch box (or Bento in Japanese) is a single-portion, home-packed meal, or take-out meal popular in Asian countries. Now that many stores and restaurants are not open like they used to, making lunch box might be a great way to shift your lifestyle! Here’s some info about it.
Great things about using lunch boxes
Using a lunch box, you can save the amount of money and time you spend for lunch break. You won’t need to look for a restaurant that is open and safe, and waste money for buying food outside. In addition, you can make sure that the food you are eating is safe and good for your health because you know what’s inside. Furthermore, you can use your time at home wisely by preparing a large portion at home and carry some leftovers for lunch. Making Lunch boxes might be one of the best solutions to do well in the era of coronavirus!
Types of Lunch boxes
Containers range from disposable, plastic, wooden, to stainless steel. The one I recommend is a stainless steel bento box. It is tough and easy to clean. Also, it can keep food warm and look simple and cool. Anyone from kids to adults can use and carry it to school or office easily and it’s eco-friendly as well.
Bento box in Japan
Traditional Bento usually includes rice, fish, or noodles, with pickled and cooked vegetables and salad. It is widely available throughout Japan. You can easily find one at a convenience store, a supermarket ,or at a station. Many different kinds of containers are available including hand-crafted lacquerware.
In a family, homemaker usually prepares Bento for husband or kids in the morning. Some even try making Character Bento (called Charaben) which is a style of arranged Bento that features food decorated to look like characters from manga, animals, people, and so on. Now that SNS is a popular tool, amazingly made Charaben sometimes go on viral.
Speaking of Bento boxes, there is a special kind of Japanese lacquerware bento box in the area where I am (Takayama city of Gifu prefecture). It is Hida Shunkei Bento Box. Shunkei-nuri, which is made of a thin board created from lumber by original technique, is used to make this kind of beautiful red, brownish bento box. If you are interested in getting one, I can find and send it for you so let me know!
There’s always a way to make your daily life better.
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