bentō is a Japanese term referring to the snack contained in a box taken out of the house but also a way of presenting the unique and very popular dish in Japan.
The bentō takes the place of the sandwich but much more nutritious, the fast food, the meal taken on trains, planes, excursions, etc.. But it is above all the sandwich that is prepared at home every morning to be eaten at school or at work: this way, you can recycle the leftovers from the day before.
The food is varied: about 40% rice, 30% animal protein, 20% fresh vegetables and 10% macerated vegetables (tsukemono) or fruit. This is where the dietary balance of bentō lies, which also corresponds to a harmony of flavours, creating a contrast of tastes without brutality. The bentō requires that everything is cut up to be eaten easily with fingers or chopsticks.
Indeed, bento can be found all over Japan, in mini-markets open day and night, on board trains, and in specialized restaurants. Tradition dictates that this one is prepared by the woman.
Bento are much prettier than our sad and usual Tupperware, with their playful aspect. The bento lunch box is an object that we enjoy taking away and using. In France and Japan, more and more women are using the bento lunch box as a fashion accessory.
We can find bentos made of metal, plastic, lacquered wood, with or without patterns, like big or small volumes. There's something for everyone!
In Japan, the aesthetics of the plate has an important place, especially when we watch our diet (food allergy problem, or diet...) or when the child has difficulties to eat certain foods, like vegetables. That's why mothers decorate the bento with decorations in the shape of a kawaii character.
In our shop our bentos are of design and quality enough to show your creativity in every nook and cranny of your stall! Their material is generally superior food-grade plastic so that they can be used in microwaves for hot dishes and are dishwasher-safe (see description of each bento).
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