Bentos for May

Hello everyone! 🙂 It’s been a long time since my last post. I’m may be inactive here but my Instagram account’s definitely active. 😉 Check there for more updates.

After the start of making Onigirazu (read if you haven’t!) lunchbox a.k.a bento for Y-chan in March, I’ve decided to challenge myself to prepare a ‘real’ bento for him instead. 🙂

We visited Tokyu Hands to get the essentials such as the bento box, a pair of chopsticks that’s reusable (being eco-friendly) and a pair of silicon cups. 😀 Tokyu Hands have a huge range of bento boxes, for kids, ladies and large-appetite users. If you are visiting Japan, please do drop by this store. There’s a huge one in Shinjuku and you might spend 1-full day there!

We’ve gotten a 630ml bento box which is considered small for a full-grown male adult. The reason why we’ve gotten that size was because I’m putting Y-chan on a diet (and he claims that he have a small appetite lol). The size of the bento is somehow equals to the amount of kilo-calories intake. So Y-chan literally ‘survives’ on a 630kcal diet for lunch.

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You might realised that there are repeated side dishes in the bentos. That’s because I usually cook a batch of it, store in clean air-tight container and pack it in the silicon cups every morning. Take the above collage for example, I’ve made a batch of kinpira (stir-fry & simmered burdock & carrot) and hijiki (black looking seaweed but is filled with lots of minerals) dishes, and they’re making ‘appearance’ in most of the days’ bento.

It’s important to plan ahead for the week’s bento menu so that you won’t spend 1-2 hours in the kitchen battling on what to pack for your bento. Usually I’ll need only 20mins to pack every thing in the bento including cooking the main item. 🙂

Another point to take note while preparing for your bento is the colors. There was a pro teaching on how to make bento look appetizing and colorful with just the 5 basic colors – White, Green, Yellow, Red and Black/Brown. If you have noticed, some of my bentos lacked the basic colors (especially red) and it seems so dull right? Get it? 😉

One last important point to take note is to allow your pipping hot rice and main item to cool down before covering the lids. If you do not do this step, the steam will condense and form water droplets, then dripped back into your food. Not only will it be watery, it’ll also have a weird smell when you open the lid for your lunch. 😐 *how unappetizing right?*

I’m monitoring Y-chan’s weight and by the end of May, he managed to lose 1kg! I don’t know if it’s the bento’s that’s working but it’s a piece of good news to me!

P/s: I don’t do kyara-ben (character bento) like what others are doing because……….. I think the food will taste………….. 😐 and kinda waste of time.