Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Japanese-style boxed lunch: Bento

Bento for picnic - Top layer
Originally uploaded by Jen44
Bentō is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine, says wikipedia. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables as a side dish.

Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Although bento are easily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋, bentō-ya?), train stations, and department stores, it is still common for Japanese homemakers to spend considerable time and energy producing an appealing boxed lunch.

Bento can be very elaborate, aesthetically pleasing cuisine arrangements. Often the food is arranged in such a way as to resemble other objects: dolls, flowers, leaves, and so forth.

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