The bento box is a staple in Japanese culture and cuisine – and a symbol of love. Its design is perfect for packing a variety of lunch foods – and for transporting easily.
For my daughters, I use little bento boxes and separate food items with cupcake wrappers. I typically include onigiri or rice balls, scrambled egg, blanched chicken, fruit and vegetables.
There are no rules for preparing a bento box, but the goal is to create a balanced meal with various colors, textures and flavors – and an element of surprise! I always wrap my bento boxes in furoshiki; it makes the presentation extra special – and doubles as a placemat. Watch how I make a bento box with love, above.