'bento boxes' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: Miso Tofu Nuggets with Edamame

These Miso Tofu Nuggets with Edamame are perfect bento material—crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside croquettes of tofu mixed with big, umami flavors. The tofu is whipped together with ginger, miso, sesame oil, scallions, and edamame, forming a salty, custardy batter that's dipped in cornstarch then shallow-fried. More

Cook the Book: 'The Just Bento Cookbook'

Makiko Itoh, friend of SE and mastermind behind Japanese food blog Just Hungry has a passion for the boxed lunches known in Japan as bento. She's been blogging about the subject over at Just Bento since 2007, championing the bento as a tool for healthy, delicious, and affordable eating, making a good case for why a bento lunch is way more satisfying than brown-bagging it. Enter to win a copy of The Just Bento Cookbook, Itoh's newly released guide to all things bento. More

Gift Guide: For the Asian Food Lover

Our gift-guide marathon continues. Still looking for that special something? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed. Zojirushi 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker: Not only does this model have a larger 5-cup capacity, but it also comes with more features than the 3-cup model. White rice can be set to be "regular," "softer," or "harder." Sweet (glutinous) rice and semibrown rice are additional options. This model also happens to be the only Zojirushi rice cooker that's equipped with the "reheating cycle." Available online at cooking.com, $194.95 Bamboo Steamer: Those who have only steamed with stainless steel racks or inserts will appreciate the difference a bamboo steamer makes. Wicking off excess moisture, the wood naturally absorbs the droplets of water that... More

Video: Bento Box for the Google Chrome Icon Project

The Google Chrome Icon Project, promoting Google’s new-ish web browser, invites users to submit YouTube videos of themselves creating their own versions of the browser’s four-color icon. Unsurprisingly, a lot revolve around food—like this bento box, sculpted from bell pepper, broccoli, scrambled egg, and a few surprises. The video of its creation, in super-fast motion, after the jump.... More

Interview with Character Bento Maker, AnnaTheRed

Photograph from kickinthehead on Flickr Wired interviews AnnaTheRed to find out more about her popular character bento boxes, many with nerd/geek appeal, that she makes for her boyfriend and blogs about at AnnaTheRed's Bento Factory. You can view more of her creations at her Flickr and her boyfriend's Flickr. My favorites are her Studio Ghibli-themed ones, like the Totoro snowman one above, but anything with big googly eyes would make me happy. Related Play With Your Food By Making Creative Bento Boxes Cute Cuddle-Worthy Bento Boxes Bento Boxes That Look Like Album Covers... More

Play With Your Food By Making Creative Bento Boxes

Anna The Red's most excellent bento of Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Yoshi, Kirby, Pikachu, and Mr. Game & Watch. A typical bento box might already be the cutest way to eat lunch, but what if it contained food shaped to look like your favorite cartoon or video game characters? Blogger Anna The Red decided it was more fun to eat this way and created a slew of meals themed from Super Mario Brothers to My Neighbor Totoro to Wall-E. One of our favorite posts is her instructions on how to make Yoshi out of lettuce, potato salad, cheese, blueberries, and carrots. What tasty character would you want to see when opening your bento box? Related Cute Cuddle-Worthy Bento Boxes... More

Cute Cuddle-Worthy Bento Boxes

I'm tempted to cuddle some of these adorable bento boxes, but then I'd be covered in rice, ham bits, chopped egg, and other things that would go better in my belly. My favorites are the kitty who wants a tummy rub and the aburaage stuffed with sleepy animals. Related Bento Boxes on Flickr Budget Bento Ideas And the Winner Is ... a Frog... More

Cooking With Kids: Not-So-Spicy Bento

Biggie's preschooler-friendly bento box featuring kalbi and chopped kimchi. There's no cooler lunch box, I say, than a bento box. (Although my 4-year-old, who just got a new Wizard of Oz lunch box, would probably disagree.) Check out the bentos made by Biggie of Lunch in a Box. Not only does she send her kid to school with delicious-looking food, but she has tips for adapting spicy food for the preschool palate: Regular kimchi is too spicy for my preschooler as is, so I generally rinse it off before giving it to Bug (his favorite is the sour ggakdugi daikon kimchi cubes). This post walks us through two recent bentos and reports on not only the contents (Korean galbi ribs?... More

Photo of the Day: Omakase Bento

As part of her Mother Hen Project, blogger Cia B has been making omakase bentos for some of her coworkers once a week for more than a month. The above bentos contain kale with white beans and sun-dried tomatoes, potato-spinach-fish dumplings served with homemade tomatillo sauce, sardines and celery salad served with flatbread, and a new batch of Fuji apple kimchi. I wish I worked in her office! Related How to Pack a Bento Box Photo of the Day: Deep-Fried Octodogs Bento Boxes on Flickr Bento Boxes That Look Like Album Covers... More

Bento Boxes That Look Like Album Covers

Clockwise from top left: The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2, There Is Nothing Left to Lose by Foo Fighters, and Green Album by Weezer. Tired of seeing bento boxes that merely look cute? Jacket Lunch Box is a Japanese blog dedicated to making bento boxes that resemble popular album covers. All it takes is the magic of carefully cut nori, kamabako, ham, shredded cabbage, and more, all atop a bed of rice. [Thanks to Sera for the heads up.] Previously: Bento Boxes on Flickr, Year of the Pig Bento, How to Pack a Bento Box, Character Bento Competition Winner... More

How to Pack a Bento Box

I wish I had time to prepare beautiful and delicious bento box lunches for myself like my friend Nita, or any of the members of the bento box group on Flickr. Lunch in a Box makes it sound easy, with great tips like how to pack and bento box and gap fillers. Photo by wa-nita on Flickr... More

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