A lot of times, people marvel at my bento box and accessory collection. I get questions like where I bought this or that. Fact is, building my collection is mostly a product of luck and keeping my eyes peeled. At times, I don’t really set out to look for bento supplies. I mostly stumble upon commonplace things and think, “Hey, this could work!”
This particular bento box was one of those accidental discoveries. Browsing through one of those 88 peso displays in the local supermarket, this was labeled as a party tray. Something you can use for an assortment of hors d’ oeuvres. Of course, my bento-obsessed eyes saw differently and saw it as a partitioned bento box. And it works!
See here, how I’ve packed rice with an umeboshi (Japanese pickled plum), strips of beef stir-fried in soy sauce and butter, slices of peeled kiwi fruit and tomato slices. While I usually don’t mind the flavors of my main viand and rice mixing, when it comes to fruit, I do mind. The partitions work perfectly in keeping the flavors—fruit and buttery soy sauce—apart.
Of course, it’s far from perfect. If you tip it to the side, the sauces will spill over. And the top isn’t as airtight as I’d like, so I use it with one of my flat carrying cases to make sure that the cover stays as tight as it can. Hey, for something that costs less than 2 USD, you won’t really hear me complaining. Plus, if I decide to throw a party, I have a handy dandy party tray ready. How’s that for multi-tasking?
So, lesson for the day? Keep your eyes peeled and your wallets ready to snag bento bargains when they come.