By Hairee Lee
Bento Box, Wrapped
Everyday at work, I see Rich, my coworker, with his bento box that his wife Toyoko packs for him. I have to admit I get wistful, remembering the bento boxes my mom used to make for me when I was a kid in Korea. (Nowadays, I bring leftover takeout for lunch and it hardly even matters what it looks like because I’m looking at my computer screen working straight though lunch.)
Toyoko makes beautiful bentos and it’s obvious that she loves Rich very much. Beautifully packed and wrapped, these lunches are small works of art and they’re as satisfying to the eye as they are to Rich’s belly.
If the quality and the love of the people in one’s life is the true measure of one’s wealth, then Rich is rich.
Here’s a look at the week in the life of Rich’s lunch time. Eat your screens out.
(Clockwise from left) Onigiri (rice balls with dried perilla leaves covered with nori), steamed broccoli, turkey meatballs, carrots with sesame oil and seeds, halibut with dill and mayo, tamago-yaki (eggs), and shrimp with cocktail sauce.
(Left to right) steamed broccoli, tomatoes, scrambled eggs, sliced and sauteed snow peas, ground beef with mushroom and ginger all laid over a bed of rice.
(Clockwise from left) Onigiri, broccoli, beef and potato croquettes, ham and cheese rolls with snowpeas, cherry tomatoes wrapped in cucumber blankets, shrimp with capers and mayo, boiled egg. And cantalope and raspberry fruit salad for dessert.
(Left to right) Rice omelet with rice, onion, shrimp, ham, and peas wrapped up in a sheet of egg and topped with broccoli and a cherry tomato, Japanese style fried chicken. And kiwi chunks for dessert.
(Clockwise from left) Rice, broccoli, sun-dried tomato and feta sausage, cherry tomatoes, mini-omelets with peas, string beans with sesame seeds and soy sauce, shrimp with capers and mayo. And peeled and sectioned orange slices for dessert.
Thanks to Rich for letting us photograph his lunches and a HUGE thanks to Toyoko for her fabulous creations.