as you can order take-out in the United States, in Japan,
you can take out food for lunch or dinner called Bento.
The bento is stored and sold in boxes, thus the name,
Bento Box. This
take away style is very popular and can be found just about
anywhere – in train stations, convenience stores,
theaters, shopping areas, vending machines, and so on.
For instance, if you were to buy a ticket to take a
bullet train, you can either buy Bento boxes to take with
you on the train or relax and wait for a vendor to come to
on such trains, when the train comes to a stop, the bento
boxes are replenished with fresh food.
The great thing is that the foods served change based
on the local variety available. Since this can become a confusing experience with so many
changes and choices, you will even find guidebooks for sell
to help you stay on top of where bento boxes are sold, what
they include for each stop, and so on.
travel through Asia, you will find many restaurants offering
businessmen of Japan can simply buy a bento box and have
their lunch in one compact location.
Additionally, bento boxes are typically very
attractive and colorful.
These boxes are nothing like the paper sacks you find
at fast-food restaurant in westernized countries.
These are beautiful and often feature hand painting.
boxes contain nutritional food that usually consists of a
meat, rice, vegetables, and pickles.
Each of the items has its own compartment so the
foods stay fresh and the flavors do not run into each other.
Some bento boxes are made from wood grain and have
lacquered trays that fit snugly down inside the box.
These compartments are easily removed, making
cleaning a cinch.
The size of
bento boxes varies. For
example, you might find one that is 10-inches square and two
to three inches deep. Some
bento boxes actually come with a set of chopsticks that
match the box. Bento
boxes also come in a soup type container that might measure
four and one-half inches in diameter by two and one-half
inches deep. With a lid, you can store your favorite type of soup, keeping
it hot until ready to eat.
you want to make an impression on friends or family when
serving Asian food at home, you can purchase your own bento
boxes. You will
find these boxes in a number of compartment sizes.
Using the traditional bento box to serve your guests
Asian food creates an authentic presentation.