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Initial post: Jan 20, 2009 10:34:15 AM PST
I am new to all this and I really want to get into the art of bento making. I would love to make some new friends on here who can share some ideas and recipes with me, or tell me what items or ingredients I may need.

And what type of bento box I should get.

I was looking into the MS Bentos, and Bento Mini boxes but some of the reviews are full of complaints.

I also wanted to figure out what type of rice i need in order to make sticky rice, or sweet sticky rice, or onigari rice balls etc.. I tried once and didn't do so well.

Anyone interested?

my email address is in my profile.

OH and recipe books, they all seem to be getting bad reviews too and I am unsure why?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2009 6:03:24 PM PST

Check out this website
once you get there do a search for pictures of mr bento food. This is a great place

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2009 3:46:40 PM PDT
C says:
You need to buy Japanese rice. The ratio of rice to water is 1 : 1 + 1/2. To make Sushi rice, add a tablespoon of white vinegar if you do not have rice-wine/sushi vinegar. (The white vinegar will make it more tart) and the trick is to cool the rice down quickly with a fan.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2009 8:54:10 PM PDT
Denise says:
Try There is a load of info there as well as great photos to get you started. You really can use any short grain rice (white or brown) for sushi or onigiri. I prefer Lundberg Sweet Brown Rice myself. And, even though I own several Japanese bento boxes, they aren't strictly necessary. I actually prefer Lock and Lock boxes. Some of my favorite websites for decorating goodies: (U.S. seller), and and (Japanese sellers). There are a few things available here at Amazon though. Have fun!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2010 8:47:00 AM PST
Anonymous says:
Kawaii Bento Boxes is a fabulous cookbook for a novice (like myself).
Lots of photos and clear instructions.

Posted on Jan 2, 2010 8:49:34 AM PST
Anonymous says:
Kawaii Bento Boxes: Cute and Convenient Japanese Meals on the Go

Posted on Jan 2, 2010 8:59:24 AM PST
Anonymous says:
650ml Lunch box bento box with a bag / G - Made in Japan

This box is nicer than it looks but it is too expensive on Amazon. It has a nice wrap to go around it and the compartments are white, which is nice to be able to clean completely.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 8:04:48 AM PST
SJ Port says:
There aren't a lot of books on bento written in English, and for American bento-lovers. That could explain the reviews, as people may find it hard to find the Japanese ingredients called for, or find it difficult to prepare the bento. There is a lovely video on YouTube that shows how to prepare a bento. The woman on camera does an exquisite job, but I was struck by the amount of time she takes to do it. I second the recommendation for the JustBento blog - extremely knowledgeable editor, full of helpful tips and a very friendly forum!

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 8:09:25 AM PST
SJ Port says:
As for bento boxes - try Ebay for some reasonably priced non-thermal boxes, or visit a local Asian supermarket. Also, as one person has said, try a Container Store or the like - I've got all kinds, including a translucent plastic bento found at a Container Store - it came with a food divider, is dishwasher safe, and the lid goes on securely without needing the removable rubber ring that most made-in-Japan models have. As for thermals, I have yet to find one that keeps the food hot - the most you can hope for is room temperature miso and rice 4 hours after you pack it. If that's not sufficient I wouldn't invest the money, at least not now.
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