Bento box review: Gangnam Style! Gangnam bento boxes from South Korea

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Unless you were living as a hermit away from any internet connection last year, you have probably heard of Gangnam Style, the phenomenal video sensation by South Korean entertainer PSY, aka Park Jae-sang, that took over the world. But Gangnam is not just the name of a rap song featuring a geeky looking dude dancing like a madman. It’s also the name of a district in Seoul, South Korea, and that’s where this interesting line of bento boxes come from. continue reading...

Upcoming: Bento box and accessory reviews

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Expect several bento box and accessory reviews soon…and maybe a few surprises. continue reading...

Soft Polenta For Dinner, Fried Polenta Cakes for Bento

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Fried polenta cakes are surprisingly good cold, so they make a nice change-of-pace carb in a bento, especially if you just happen to have some leftover polenta from dinner. continue reading...

2013 Bento&co Bento Contest announced; starts tomorrow

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There seem to be more and more bento related contests these days, but the annual contest held by the longtime JustBento friends Bento&co is still one of the biggest in terms of great prizes and number of outstanding entries. This year the grand prize is a 6 day trip to Kyoto, including airfare if you live outside of Japan! That’s a prize worth flexing your creative bento muscles for. Besides the Grand Prize winners, 20 finalists will receive various bento-related items as prizes. The theme this year is different too: it’s Pasta Bento. Be sure to read all the rules, and I wish you all good luck! I will not be participating as a judge this year….so who knows, maybe I’ll enter too ^_^ (Alas I am ineligible…I’ll have to pay my own way to Kyoto, sniff.)

Spinach Tamagoyaki (Spinach-packed omelette)

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This is a very easy to make tamagoyaki (Japanese style omelette) that is chock full of spinach. Even spinach doubters may like this, since the egg, onion and garlic neutralize the iron-rich quality which some people have problems with. It is basically a whole load of spinach that is held together with egg. It does not use the rolling/folding technique used for plain tamagoyaki or the one-egg version, so you may find it a lot easier to make. continue reading...

Cubed Tofu and Broccoli with Miso and Kochujang (gochujang)

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Not the best looking dish, but a very assertively tasty tofu dish that is great for bentos, whether you’re a vegan/vegetarian or not. continue reading...

Bento staple: All-purpose winter vegetable mix for rice and more

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This is a very versatile vegetable-only or vegetable and chicken mix that can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week, or for a month in the freezer. As long as you use a vegetarian/vegan protein it will be vegan/vegetarian, but if you are an omnivore you can use chicken. Let me give you the recipe first, and then show you a couple of ways to use it. continue reading...

Classic cold-weather mixed vegetable rice bento

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A classic Japanese style bento using winter vegetables (since it’s still pretty cold here) made by my mom from bento stash ingredients. continue reading...