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.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


Carbs (e.g.)

  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Pasta

Protein (e.g.)

  • Salmon
  • Nuts
  • Egg
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Tofu

Fruit and Veg (e.g.)

  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Pickled Plums
  • Pickled Cabbage


  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Pack your favourite foods into your bento.
  • Bring it somewhere nice.
  • Enjoy eating it! (Very important XD)


*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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