Creative Lunches – The Bento Craze …what is it all about?

Creative Lunches – The Bento Craze …what is it all about?

Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Bento boxes can be widely purchased in Japan, even at corner shops, department and railway stations, and even bento shops. However, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch box for their spouse, child, or themselves. And this is where it all started!

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Modern Bento lunches such as the “Kyara-ben” (character bento) are created to look like popular Japanese characters and “oekakiben” (picture bento) are created to represent scenes, people or places. There are similar forms of boxed lunches in the Philippines (Baon), Korea (Dosirak), Taiwan (Biandang), and India (Tiffin). Also, Hawaiian culture has adopted localized versions of bento featuring local tastes after over a century of Japanese influence in the islands.


Here at the Eddie Catz HQ we are getting a bit obsessed in spotting amazing Bento Box posts. It seems the Bento Box Lunch fad has been sweeping the USA kids lunch circuit and has also come to the UK.  Moms are now going all out in a creative, time consuming food war to create the best, most interesting Bento lunches anyone has ever seen and are taking to Pintrest and Twitter to share them! There are also dedicated websites – see www.eatsamazing.co.uk .You may have seen the Daily Mail article about how Grace Hall’s six-year-old son turned his nose up at sandwiches and sticks of carrot so she transformed them into aliens, elephants and superheroes. Read more here.


If you want to join in on the fun have a read of this blog post by “Not a Brown Bag” which gives tips on Bentos, bento accessories and Japanese ingredients. Show us your own creative lunch boxes on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages – we’d love to see them!

Parents of two amazing teens, entrepreneurs and creators of Eddie Catz. Trying to juggle parenthood and work and be sufficiently cool not to be "de-friended" by our kids on social media. Can mostly be found at Eddie Catz HQ. Side jobs include delivering the bouncy castle, fetching helium cannisters, facepainting, toilet unblocking and lightbulb changing.

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