Bento Box Lunch: Easy and Cheap to Make Yourself

This is what you need for your bento box

In Japan, Bento actually only describes the way of packing different ingredients into a box for on the go. There are some typical components that are almost always taken with you.

  • Onigiri: These are balls of sushi rice wrapped in a sheet of nori. First, boil the rice and then roll it into a ball.
  • If you want, you can fill the onigiri with tuna cream or smoked salmon, for example. You can also use the ingredients to make sushi yourself.
  • Blanching vegetables: Vitamins are particularly important at lunchtime to set you up for the day. Blanched vegetables in particular go into the bento box in Japan. Boil it in hot salted water for a minute, then plunge in cold water.
  • Pickled vegetables: You can also pickle radishes or carrots in vinegar stock. To do this, pour hot stock made from 1/3 water, sugar, and rice vinegar over the vegetables and leave everything to stand in the fridge for a few days. Prepare a large batch like this at once, and you have a side dish for the whole working week.
  • Meat or fish: As with sushi, fish is often involved in Japanese bento boxes. Steam the salmon or chicken the day before with soy sauce and eat it cold for lunch. It’s even more convenient with smoked mackerel.
  • Tofu: In Japan, tofu is not an organic trend but an ancient tradition. Cook the tofu the day before and slather it down with some soy sauce before packing it in your bento box for lunch.

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Written by John Myers

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