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How to Pack a Bento!

How to pack a Bento: Sydney Blog Tea For Tammi

The Japanese know how to do a packed lunch. Bento begins from childhood, where mothers all around Japan make adorable boxes of food for their children to bring as a school lunch. But for the rest of us who aren’t as lucky, packing a visually appealing bento can be difficult. After all, where do you start?

Well I’ve got just the guide for you: this is what I’ve learnt about how to pack a bento!

How to pack a Bento: Sydney Blog Tea For Tammi

How to pack a Bento!
Japanese bentos are a work of art - they functionally allow you to bring a balanced lunch to work, and they also look so gosh darned pretty! Bento: it's not a recipe, it's a lifestyle.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Carbs (e.g.)
  1. Rice
  2. Bread
  3. Pasta
Protein (e.g.)
  1. Salmon
  2. Nuts
  3. Egg
  4. Pork
  5. Chicken
  6. Beef
  7. Tofu
Fruit and Veg (e.g.)
  1. Blueberries
  2. Carrots
  3. Broccoli
  4. Pickled Plums
  5. Pickled Cabbage
  1. Find a box/container that you like. Ideally it should have a watertight/airtight seal (to prevent unnecessary messes in your bag), and just large enough to fit your food portions.
  2. Here are the magic ratios for packing most bentos: 1/2 carbs, 1/4 protein, 1/4 fruit and veg. Of course, these can be moved around according to preference, but it's a good starting point!
  3. Start to think tetris: one of the beautiful things about a nicely packed bento box is the separation. Every component has its place, and every place is deliberate. Try it, it's very zen!
  4. Pack your favourite foods into your bento.
  5. Bring it somewhere nice.
  6. Enjoy eating it! (Very important XD)
  1. *The food shouldn't be too wet, or things start to get soggy and a leaking box is on the horizon! If you're a sauce fan like I am, you should carry the sauced in another airtight container, preferably one that stacks with your first!
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