kyo bento

20 04 2010

tomorrow’s lunch is the first use of the new kyo bento box i purchased with my gift certificate from bento & co.  it’s one of the most beautiful and refined objects i’ve ever possessed.

i wanted to keep lunch in this box simple and classic, so i hand-molded two onigiri (the rice is mixed with my favorite chunky ume furikake) with shiso leaves, and added some basic garnishes:  two wedges of clementine, two pieces of tamagoyaki cut on an an angle, some pea pods and grape tomatoes, and some pickled cucumber and takuwan in a paper food cup with a carrot flower.  i love how it turned out — i feel like the box would make any food look gorgeous, so i didn’t even have to work at it tonight.

thanks again to bento & co. for the generous prize i received in the spring bento contest!


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31 responses

20 04 2010
sheri

Gorgeous in simplicity and elegance. Good idea to keep the “wet” foods to a minimum too, and use paper liners. The box certainly does help make the bento look wonderful, but the selection and presentation are due to you!
Love your kyo!

20 04 2010
gamene

thanks so much for your sweet comment sheri — i can’t take credit for this presentation, it’s just the bento classics! and yeah, i am paranoid about hurting the box, so i actually switched the pickled items to a silicone cup 0_o !

20 04 2010
hypothermya

I have to agree with Sheri here — the presentation is beautiful, simple, elegant and classic. It definitely takes a skilled hand to easily put that together. Lovely.

Are you only using one tier of the box?

20 04 2010
gamene

thanks very much christie! yup, this is just one tier, and i didn’t use the little T-shaped divider that came with the box either. i feel like there are so many possibilities with this box, and it’s just going to take me time to explore them🙂

20 04 2010
Jeff Canter

hmmm..art & food…somehow I knew you would be a natural.

20 04 2010
gamene

thanks daddy! i ♥ you!

20 04 2010
Lyndsey

It’s a beautiful box, I love the color. You filled it well and did it justice, nice well balanced beauty!

20 04 2010
gamene

thanks lyndsey! “doing it justice” was *exactly* what i was going for, yay!🙂

20 04 2010
hapabento

Fabulous bento. It’s breathtaking and packed with perfection. Congratulations again for the gorgeous butterfly bento that won you this prize!

20 04 2010
gamene

thank you kindly debra! it was truly an honor to win the contest, and i will feel proud every time i use this special box!

21 04 2010
Susan Yuen

Wow, that is one gorgeous box and you filled it perfectly! Lovely!😀

21 04 2010
gamene

thanks susan! i took a cue from your recent steamed buns in a wooden bowl – sometimes you don’t need characters, and simplicity is pretty too!

21 04 2010
Lia Chen

Beautiful box! And you fill it up so perfectly … Your talent is unquestionable! So lucky to see your bento, it is really so artistic🙂

21 04 2010
gamene

thanks lia, i think the credit goes to the box, buti so appreciate your kind words!

21 04 2010
tatabonita

Congrats on the new box Megan! Omigod… I just don’t know how to describe it. Your onigiri and shiso leaves have won my heart. I’m wearing a purple skirt now, and your bento even make me happier hehehe😀

21 04 2010
gamene

yay tata, you match my lunch, haha! you should stop by my office in your pretty skirt to share a bite😉

21 04 2010
Asfora

Great use of your new prize! Well done for winning it, and for putting it to good use! Gorgeous looking bento, and I love the speckly colours in your onigiris!

21 04 2010
gamene

thanks asfora, i was nervous about using for the first time, glad you like!

21 04 2010
Cooking fairy

ohh this bento is super cute! simple and yet elegant and full of colours… I just love it!

21 04 2010
gamene

thank you so much cooking fairy (i love that name)!

21 04 2010
KidsDreamWork

Love your kyo bento! Just so perfectly presented. Can’t wait for more of your kyo bento🙂

21 04 2010
gamene

thanks kidsdreamwork! i am excited to use the box again in the future too!🙂

21 04 2010
LauraBento

It’s absolutely beautiful Megan! You filled it up perfectly and it looks delicious too! Also, I think it’s so sweet that your dad reads and comments on your blog❤! Youre so lucky to have such a kind and supportive father (my mom thinks my bentoing is silly)…I'm gonna cry!

21 04 2010
gamene

thanks laura! haha, my dad commenting is a new thing, but you’re right, it’s really nice that my parents are supportive of my bento obsession.

21 04 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Stunning and elegant! Love the carrot flower here…and how you’ve given this classic bento box your own special bright refinement!

21 04 2010
gamene

thanks jenn! this was one of the leftover carrot flowers from what i prepped for the froggie bento😉

23 04 2010
Nancy

Hi

I like your website very much, I also have a special Chinese food website, and could we exchange website link each other?
my website is http://www.chinesefoodfans.com/

Thanks!

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26 04 2010
Ingrid

Elegant and classy in a gorgeous box (which I have been eyeing up as well, I’m just being kept back by the price of it). You really did your prize justice, you’re an amazing bentoist ! I love the china crane as well, is it a hashi rest?

26 04 2010
gamene

thanks so much ingrid — and treat yourself to the box, it’s something you’ll have forever. the crane is indeed a hashi rest, i found it at good old pearl river mart.

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