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.
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).
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.