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Definition: Bento

A single portion boxed lunch or meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish/meat and vegetables on the side. The containers are usually compartmentalized, but not always.

It is even thought of as an art form and a skill. The food is often arranged to resemble other objects, such as flowers, leaves, cartoon characters etc.

For examples, be sure to check out our Bento of the Week posts.

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maximumblonde maximumblonde 10 years
I love bento boxes. If you are fortunate enough to live anywhere near a Mitsuwa market store...they have great ones at their sushi counter. I rarely know what most of it is...but that's half the adventure! I've never not liked something yet.
Food Food 10 years
thanks for the link, i'm sure one of those will be a bento of the week someday!
msame msame 10 years
This is possibly the cutest bento site:
CompleteControl CompleteControl 10 years
lexichloe lexichloe 10 years here's a link to some good ones...
lexichloe lexichloe 10 years
I love eating out of Bento boxes, I like it that the different foods don't touch. You just feel special eating out of one.
Angelica Angelica 10 years
My love for Bento Boxes can be summed up in one word: Magic.
number6_ed number6_ed 10 years
I want a Bento Box so bad. Anyone have any suggestions on finding a good one?
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