Sunday, January 10, 2010


Today I did my first Bento.

Yes, this is the direction that my cooking blog is going in. I've been wanting to try it for a while, and am happy that I figured out something that is fairly unique for me to focus on.

There are several benefits to bento (Japanese for "box lunch") for me- first is portion control. Second, it's just so much fun. Third, it's a great way to express some creativity and definitely helps with this no gluten thing that I am trying this year.

Here's today's bento:

I took some chicken tenders, dipped them in egg, then in a cream of rice dry cereal that I added a teaspoon each of ginger, garlic salt, and garam masala. Then I baked them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Along side of the chicken tenders I have some little rice balls, in different shapes, with a little rice wine vinegar on them for flavor. On the bottom left is a salad of green apples, dried cranberries, and blue cheese. Above that are some rounds of apple with slices of red bell peppers.

I got the bento box at the Japanese marketplace in Edgewater New Jersey earlier this week when I went up there for a visit. I really could live there.

So: first you get photos of the box (and I love the little sayings they put on everything! It's so cute!):

The box pulled apart:

The chopsticks with a case that I bought to take back and forth to work with me:

And finally, the bento all put together:

I added another piece of the chicken and put the lid on top:

I think I will probably get more creative as I go along, but I am pleased with my first attempt!!


  1. I have that box too! It's so cute and your rice balls are awesome!

    Congratulations on your first bento box!

  2. nice one. welcome to the wonderful world of bento addicts :-)

  3. Congratulation on your first Bento ;) May I ask where you get that box? (I only find it without dividers =/)

  4. Lil'chan: I got it at a Japanese novelty store in the Mitsuwa shopping center in Edgewater, NJ. If I can find the exact name of the shop I'll post it. :) I have seen them online on Amazon, although more expensive than what I paid.