Bento

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A Bento prepared for Hanami.

Bentō (弁当 or べんとう) is a meal common in Japanese cuisine, made to take away to be eaten somewhere else. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables as a side dish. Containers for bento may be very different, from disposable mass produced to handcrafted lacquerware. While bento meals can be bought at many stores and bento shops (弁当屋, bentō-ya) in all of Japan, it is still considered a very important skill for a Japanese housewife to be able to prepare a good boxed lunch.

Bento can be very elaborate, aesthetically pleasing cuisine arrangements. Often the food is arranged in such a way as to resemble other objects: dolls, flowers, leaves, and so forth. For some special occasions like hanami, more elaborate and bigger bentos are prepared. People often take bento for a picnic.

Types of bento[change | change source]

Bento are often sold in train stations. These are called ekiben (駅弁). Also,Bento are sold in airports. These are called Soraben (空弁).Kyaraben (キャラ弁), is a shortened form of the two words character and bento and is becoming more popular.

Ingredients[change | change source]

Here are some foods that are often contained in bento:

  • Tamagoyaki (Japanese style omelette)
  • Karaage (deep-fried chicken)
  • Onigiri (rice ball)
  • Takosan Viennese (sausage like octopus)
  • Shogayaki (pork grilled ginger and soy sauce)
  • Sandwich
  • Fruit

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