Thursday, January 22, 2009

BENTO #161

Ha! This is my 3rd post today!! I haven't been able to update so much in such a long, long time!

There will likely be no Bento posts for the whole of next week because of the Chinese New Year holidays. #1 has to go back to college on Wednesday but the two younger girls have up to the end of next week to enjoy their celebrations!

This morning's Bento made up 2 pieces of puff pastry topped with some mushrooms (the two elder girls made these yesterday).

There was some potato salad in the green silicon cup.

The bottom Bento box contained some apple doused in thousand island, salad cream and tomato sauce! More spaghetti and Bolognese sauce to complete the meal.

I have the same question?

I was browsing Bento Lunch just now and came across this question. This situation is something that I used to face until I decided to stop packing biscuits, crackers, cereals and similar stuff into #2's Bento boxes. She would complain that the biscuits would be soft by the time she eats her Bento and lately complained about leakages from her Bento until I found a solution here.

(Suddenly, all the other plastic Bento boxes has become redundant! I think I shall have to do some spring cleaning during the CNY holidays!)

I think spillages in Bento boxes is quite prevalent if not handled properly. Firstly, if a dish comes with some form of sauce or gravy, it has to be 'capped in' by way of cling wrap/foil or a cup with a cover.

If you have noticed in recent posts here and here, I've used tall foil cups to contain the sauces so that it only reaches half way. By the time the Bento box lid is shut, there is little chance of spilling unless the box turns upside down.

To deal with the biscuits getting soft in the Bento boxes, I always have to look out for individually packed biscuits like these here, here, and here. Or pack separately like this or this. To pack biscuits into Bento boxes like this spells trouble.

To deal with the cereals, I also had to pack separately like this or this.

All these precautions has to be taken into account to ensure that the biscuits/cereal are still in a decent edible state otherwise one has to shun away from packing these food stuff into the Bento boxes.

Update on Daiso

I visited Daiso at the Curve a couple of weeks ago - my first time! The moment I walked in, my #1 daughter quipped "Mum! Just because everything is at RM5/=, you don't have to go crazy and buy everything okay!" Gosh! What a damper to my anticipation of a great night of shopping!

They had shelves of Onigiri Bento boxes and some 'plain ole' plastic containers.

Another shelf of some regular two tier Bento boxes, some come with Bento strap.

There were paper cups, silicon cups, cutters, molds, the works!

Lots of bottle and Bento insulated bags.....

More Bento accessories, loads of chopsticks, cutlery and their boxes....

Ha! This was probably a test shot! I didn't ask #1 to take this photo, but yeah, there are loads of other stuff including ladles, ladles and ladles.....LOL!!

These pictures are a little outdated because they were taken a couple of weeks ago and I just managed to load them.

Unfortunately my visit to Daiso then, ended up with me buying only one item because there was nothing much that was new.

Two nights ago, I visited Daiso again to meet Nancy to pass her some stuff. The Bento stock is now greatly reduced and I've been informed that there will be NEW STOCK coming in after 2nd February! So if you are interested in new Bento stuff, go visit Daiso at the Curve then!!

Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Shopping!!!

Please note that I have no affiliations with Daiso in any way.


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