One specialized tool you may want to buy are veggie cutters. Unlike your usual cookie cutters, these are made of sturdy steel, letting you cut through raw vegetables.
Cookie cutters are also available in a variety of designs at Saizen. These are good for softer food, like cheese, ham, bread and pancakes.
Sandwich cutters! I had to buy the one on the right. I love how it uses up most of the sandwich. Plus, can you imagine using them for an English-style tea party at home?
If you worry about food safety, you may want to consider getting these refrigerator friendly Cooler Gel Packs to let you transport your food cold. Also available in different sizes.
If you’re getting the gel packs, you may want to consider getting a foil-insulated lunch bag as well. Some of these are designed for specific bento box sizes, letting you carry your lunches flat, preserving any designs you’ve made.
A lot of bento box designs don’t have firm locks like Tupperware or Lock&Locks. So, it’s best to keep your lunch box together with bento belts. They come in various materials, colors and styles.
These, I had to photograph because they’re hilarious and I am immature. But then, those people who use it will probably say, “Laugh all you want, at least my bananas are always fresh and free from bruises.” *snort*
Bendy straws are fun to have. Do we need any other excuse? While a lot of drinks come with their own mini-bendy straws attached, I’m sure kids will love these multi-colored variety more. Plus, you can use them to create cheese eyes on food.
Another thing I swear by are these shakers! The bigger ones double as tumblers for drinks while the small ones are great for making vinaigrettes.
One thing that surprised me was the presence of all these Japanese sauces at Saizen! Most of the basics (mirin, sake, soy sauce) were there, and labeled with user-friendly english translations.
Did this virtual tour boggle your minds (and wallets)? I know each visit at Saizen drives me nuts. And to think, this is just the kitchenware section! So, now you know where to buy bento stuff. Grab a couple and start fixing lunches already! I guarantee, the satisfaction from a happily-packed bento will make your whole day happy.
Saizen has branches in Robinsons Galleria and Trinoma. Thank you to Ms. Josette Salac and Ms. Dimple for letting me take pictures all over the place!