I love my new Onigiri Bento Box


My self-imposed ban on buying new bento boxes was lifted recently for a very special reason. Daiso / Japan Home stocked some adorable Onigiri boxes! These bento boxes have two levels. A flat rectangular one on the bottom and a triangular top that lets you keep your onigiri upright. I’ve been wanting this box design forever so I quickly snagged one up, even if I wasn’t a fan of Winnie the Pooh.

Onigiri and Lato Salad Bento

23 June 2008 • Bento #196

So, do you have to ask what I put in it? Definitely, onigiri! I packed two nori-covered onigiri, stuffed with umeboshi-flavored seaweed paste I scored from Yamazaki Grocery at Little Tokyo. I absolutely love this variant. It still tastes like normal seaweed paste (seaweed-y and soy sauce-y) with a delightful hint of salty-sour umeboshi (Japanese pickled plum).

Onigiri Bento Box To go with the onigiri, I packed a small pako (edible young fern) salad. Not the best combination, I admit, but I didn’t want to waste the pako. Light, crunchy and refreshing, pako is an excellent salad base. To accompany it, I added some kesong puti (white cheese) cubes, cherry tomatoes and itlog na maalat (salted duck eggs). Also included is a small squeeze bottle of a sweet vinaigrette, the perfect dressing for these refreshing greens.

While it’s not the perfect combination, it was still a fairly enjoyable lunch because the food was good and because I love my new bento box. Insane I know, but how can anyone resist the cute shape, the bright colors and the deliberate design? Yes, once more, I have fallen prey to a cute attack.

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21 Responses to I love my new Onigiri Bento Box

  1. khursten says:

    Wow! I got here via plurk and my god that bento box is amazing!!

    hahahahhaa! On the serious side, wow, pako. mahirap makahanap nyan. Will try the kesong puti thing the next time! 😉

  2. aoitenshi says:

    That is so cool! Want want want! But I have so many unused bento boxes just sitting in my room, lol. I really need to start making bento again. Man those onigiris look awesome by the way. Mmm!

  3. toni says:

    looks like a healthy and refreshing lunch. and your lunchbox is a cutie!

  4. nekonoai says:

    Rainbow Pooh is so cute! I’m jealous! 😀 If I wanted that box, I’d hafta pay $20 on ebay. 😛 I wish Ichiban Kan would stock more cute boxes like that!

  5. Vivian says:

    The bento is so cute but your onigiri are amazing.Did you make them or buy them. Very impressive. :)

  6. cutelildrow says:

    Ooooh, I’ll have to try get myself one. My daughter loves onigiri, so she can have one that won’t get all smashed up. The Daiso at St. Francis Square might have one; but I’ll check in Sta. Lucia’s DIY Shop and see if they have one there too.

  7. kaoko says:

    @khursten
    They might still have it at Daiso / Japan Home. I can grab one for you if you like. And yay for Salcedo. We got our Pako there.

    @aoitenshi
    Sayang bento boxes mo! Go make some again.

    @toni
    I felt so healthy *shudders*

    @nekonoai
    I know! The ebay prices are insane. I’d offer to get some for the you folks from overseas, but shipping is a killer. I remember the recent bento giveaway I did, I think I spent the same amount on shipping as I did on buying the giveaway stuff.

    @Vivian
    Thanks! I made them, but I cheated with an onigiri mold. *wink*

    @cutelildrow
    Let me know if you can’t find one. I can grab one at ATC then just ship it off for you.

  8. Mila says:

    OOO! I hope they have it in green! All my bento containers are green so I think I have to keep it in the family!

  9. Look too healthy for me lol. But your bento box is so cute. Daiso Bangkok has one in a plain color (blue and green). It seems that Daiso in your hometown have a big treasure for cooking-lovers!! ^________^

  10. Tara says:

    I’ve seen that too in japan homes but thought it is too small for me. :) loved the salted eggs. Maybe I will try one, too.

  11. carrisa says:

    I love the two tier onigiri box! I can see why the bento ban was lifted! :-)

  12. kaoko says:

    @Mila
    Sadlyl no green. They have pink and blue as well, but no green.

    @cat in the cradle
    Unfortunately, it’s a pretty small store but I do go regularly since they rotate inventory a lot. What I can’t wait to do is to raid Daiso when I go to Singapore because I hear it’s much like the Japan ones.

    @Tara
    Ah yeah, it’s meant for small lunches, I think?

    @carissa
    I’m a loser, I ended up buying another one soon after I bought this! *headdesk*

  13. I’ve seen that onigiri bento box! Unfortunately I do not like Pooh, so I didn’t give into my urge to buy it. :( But your bento food stuff is as usual looks yummy!

    Speaking of onigiri, I’m trying to copy the onigiri sold in Jipan that has the tuna filling. I was only moderately successful… #(^.^)#

    • kaoko says:

      I think there’s a blue one with Stitch and a pink one with Mickey & Minnie, if you find them more likeable?

      Ooooh, Jipan has tuna onigiri? Is it good? I mean, I bet it was, otherwise, you wouldn’t bother recreating it. I’ll try it next time I’m in Glorietta since you recommend it. <3

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  15. Shar says:

    Oh wow, now that’ll give me a reason to pack onigiri for work! 😀

  16. Eilish says:

    I have a fascination with this size too.

    I am a bento newbie and so far have a yellow clickety click bunny onigiri box.

    I am lusting for these on ebay (Yuzen LUNCH BENTO BOX JAPAN MADE #51435 and Urara Blue, Red, and Yellow Onigiri Bento Boxes).

    BUT I am most delighted to have found this one at Sugar Charms: Bento Onigiri Case- Shinzi Katoh Itadakimasu (280ml/340ml).

  17. Barbie says:

    Hi! Your blog is a great resource – glad to find another onigiri fan.

    I’ve seen that box at Japan Home in Market Market, but I always had doubts as to how airtight it was, and if it kept the food fresh enough. How was it, performance-wise?

    • kaoko says:

      Thanks Barbie! Glad you’re liking it.

      It’s not too airtight, you’ll really need a bento band to secure your food. I like it enough for the unusual shape and specific use but I have other better boxes. It’s definitely not a bad deal for 88 PHP though.

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