Cute Things from Japan: Japanese Food

Bento Lunch

I find Japanese food to be so interesting. It so different from anything I’ve ever eaten, even Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese seem quite different. So it is always interesting to see what is a common Japanese dish or what to order in restaurants. And as is so often the case, their food can be adorable!

There is one blog which I like called Hiroko’s Kitchen.

I don’t know a lot about Hiroko, but I find her to be the sweetest! The topics on her blog are often things I have never come upon on my own. Her English is excellent but you can still sense the lovely Japanese feel in her descriptions.

Black soyben tea

“In Japan our people are obsessed with healthy foods in a positive way. Kuromame’s health benefit – beneficial anthocyanin – is so tempting that some producers came up with a new product – kuromame-cha (black soybean tea). Now this healthy beverage, which is made by steeping black beans, is as popular as other healthy infusion teas. The beans for this tea are specially treated that they become soft in hot water in 4 to 5 minutes for a healthy snack. You can find an online source for you to try.”

And what is cuter than bento? Little boxed lunches, tiny bits of a wide variety of foods, so sweet. Just Bento is a nice site on the vagaries of Bento.

I really liked this video on how to put together a bento. Everything is so small and individual =)

But if just plain bento isn’t cute enough for you, you need kyaraben.

Kyaraben Bento Panda

From Wikipedia:

Kyaraben or charaben, a shortened form of character bento, is a style of elaborately arranged bentowhich features food decorated to look like people, characters from popular media, animals, and plants. Japanese homemakers often spend time devising their families’ meals including their boxed lunches.

Originally, a decorated bento was intended to interest children in their food and to encourage a wider range of eating habits. It has now evolved to the point where national contests are held.

And here is a video showing a whole bunch of cute kyaraben.

And if you want to make bento at home, check out JBox for Hello Kitty bento, super cute egg shapers, and other bento asscesories.

Photo Credits: Bento box lunch by – GucciBeaR, Black Soyben Tea by – Hiroko, Kyaraben by – luckysundae.

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