One of my 2007 resolutions was to pack more bento lunches for my husband. I recently mentioned I have a bento cabinet, which sounds a lot cooler than it is. In truth, it’s a small, awkwardly-placed cabinet in which almost nothing else would fit, so it became “the bento cabinet.” (Although, now that I think about it, maybe it should be called “the Japanese stuff cabinet” because I also keep our beloved Hello Kitty toaster in there too.)
Lately, the gezellig*family bento boxes have been meeting untimely deaths. The Lock&Lock set, which has always been one of my favorites, has a lid missing, rendering it pretty much useless. The fake Mr. Bento from Pearl River met an even worse fate: after my husband brought it home from work one day, the kid absconding with it to use as a drum and by the time we found it again, it was foul. Like, ohmyfuckinggodjustthrowitout foul.
Still, this one â€” my absolute favorite â€” remains:
I bought this from JBox.com on somewhat of a whim â€” and I was a little disappointed in how small it was when it arrived, but as it turns out, it’ll hold a fairly substantial lunch:
The top is holding one 12″ skewer’s worth of Asian Beef Skewers (from last month’s issue of Everyday Food), and the bottom has more than a cup of somyun (which are now my new favorite noodle).
The only downside is, microwaving this bento box is not recommended, so you’re stuck with something either cold or at room temperature, which often makes packing it that much tricker. Hopefully, with the return of warmer weather (I just put up the Spring panel of my calendar!), this will get a lot more use than it has recently.