Art of Lunch Box Food
Lunch Box Food. The Japanese have made an art out of preparing a nutritious lunch for their kids and husbands. They are not just healthy but look great too. This is a story about “Bento” (Lunch Box Food) and some of the Babes that make them. The food is typically housed in a wooden, aluminum or plastic box with individual compartments separating the different types of edibles. Bento regained its popularity in the 1980s, with the help of the microwave oven and the proliferation of convenience stores. In addition, the expensive wood and metal boxes have been replaced at most bento shops with inexpensive, disposable polystyrene boxes. However, even handmade bento have made a comeback, and they are once again a common, although not universal, sight at Japanese schools. Bento are still used by workers as a packed lunch, by families on day trips, for school picnics and sports days etc. The bento, made at home, is wrapped in a furoshiki cloth, which acts as both bag and table mat.
Bento is also popular in Taiwan. Bendong made its way to Taiwan in the first half of the 20th century from Japan, where it remains very popular to the present day. The term is a loan word from the Japanese word in Taiwanese Hokkien and Mandarin Chinese.
Airports also offer an analogous version of the ekiben: bento filled with local cuisine, to be eaten while waiting for an airplane or during the flight