Bento Stores

Kam Man Foods Chinatown NY

Hi! Have any of you ever been to Kam Man foods? No well I could probably describe the whole store in this post. First floor: Daifuku, Pocky, and almost any other sweet imaginable. Basement: Dum Dum Dum OVERPRICED BENTOS!!!NOOOOO!! I was told that they were in the $3-$8 range, wrong $30 for a very simple, very small, two-tiered bento box! Though that was the one with the purtey Sakura Blossoms. So I was forced to buy the $3 clear bento sigh oh well a bento is a bento i guess… Anyway I did like Kam Man Foods for their condiments and presses and things of the sort. continue reading...

Awesome US Ebay sellers.

I've bought all of my bento supplies on Ebay, so I'd love to share the sellers I used, because I had absolutely fantastic experiences with them. These are all located in the US, which was a high priority for me since it meant lower shipping. I was also very pleased with the prices of all the individual items I purchased. continue reading...

Where to buy in Japan?


We're on a trip to Japan on May (yes... maybe I post this too soon but I'm oh-so-excited about this!! yay!) we're probably going to tokyo and kyoto and somewhere else we are still discussing.

I'd love to know if I can buy bento gear anywhere (i mean combinis) or if there are specific places to buy, like malls or places like that.
By bento gear i mean things different than the ones appearing on on-line shops or e-bay. I'm very sick of anime-decorated or childish bentos, I'd love to buy cute yet "adult" boxes.

Any advice will be very appreciated :D

Thanks in advance!!! *n_n*

Garnish (a supply store)

I was recently poking around online, trying to find some ideas for creative garnish, when I stumbled across a store called Garnish. Conveniently, even though they don't carry garnish supplies, they do carry a whole lot of "to-go" style food containers and supplies to go with them. A few of the supplies (like the food picks) I've already found at local asian markets. But some of the other supplies (like the wooden berry crate, which would work perfectly for picnic bentos) I haven't seen around. continue reading...

Bento Boxes in Sioux Falls, SD (USA)

Hubby and I found bento boxes here in Sioux Falls, SD. I was absolutely floored! We found a few very cute kids ones at Kidtopia. Needless to say I bought a couple!

Pictures here and here.

Their website isn't working yet. But the store was fun and had delightful unique toys and darling Hello Kitty things too.

Anyway - thought I'd share!

The Donut Lounge

This isn't a store for bento supplies, but it does have several Japanese food related products that I thought were really neat... Plushie foods (like tempura, nigiri, and wasabi), pins, mirrors for purses... etc.

When I found them at a local faire (Maker's Faire), I ended up getting a pocket mirror that says, "Oh Hai Onigiri" :)

Bento Shop on EBay

I wanted to post this because she has the best bento collection I could find on ebay.

This is where I bought my new bento's and she will combine shipping on all items. She has great sets too, I bought this one,
Japanese Bento Lunchbox* Special Haikara Blue All12set*

and this one,
Japanese Bento box* Temari Sakura Blue Complete 17set * continue reading...

Buying Japanese Ingredients online in the UK - suggestions?

I hope this hasn't been covered elsewhere; I did scour the forum but I don't see it, so sorry if I missed it!

I am a Japanese cooking enthusiast based in the North East of england, and get most of my ingredients from Japan Centre. They have always proved pretty good, but I've noticed there are a few essentials that I have been able to get on there recently - namely konbu (which I need for yummy vegan dashi - had to get rubbish ol' dashi powder instead) hijiki and whole takuan (better for veggie sushi than the pre-cut half-moons) continue reading...