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The Takenaka x Poketo Bento Box Collection (and recipes to go with it)

From the moment we began to design our exclusive bento box collaboration with Takenaka, we were hungry for all of the tasty meals we would be putting inside them. Keep reading to see some of the best recipes, tricks, and tips we’ve picked up for bento box dining.

Images via Just One Cookbook and Chopstick Chronicles

Bento Box 101
If you’ve never used a bento box, Just One Cookbook has a thorough Bento Box 101 filled with tips, tricks, and links to popular recipes, including videos.

Guide to Bento Box Menus
Chopstick Chronicles has written the “Ultimate Guide To Bento Menu” if you want to learn about traditional and popular types of foods and flavor combinations with which to fill your bento box.

We loved this write up on Recipe Tin Japan all about onigiri, the classic and comforting Japanese rice balls that often make up the foundation of a bento box meal.

Images via Recipe Tin Japan and Just Bento

Anything Goes in a Bento
Though bento boxes are a Japanese staple, you’re encouraged to spread your wings and try any cuisine that inspires you in your bento box. Korean Bapsang’s list of back to school recipes would work great in our collection, and we’re excited to try the Chaana Dal with fennel and almonds from Just Bento.

And we carry two amazing Japanese cookbooks in the Poketo online shop that would go great with your new bento sets: Japanese Home Cooking by Sonoko Sakai and The Japanese Table: Small Plates For Simple Meals by Sofia Hellsten.

Now that you’re set with some resources and recipes to fill your bento box collection, don’t forget to check out the entire Takenaka x Poketo collection in our online shop including the bento boxes, matching chopsticks, and Furoshiki wrapping cloth.

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