A bento is a special kind of Japanese packed lunch that’s not only delicious but also colorful and healthy. It typically consists of rice, a main dish, and two side dishes. In this fun Healthy Japanese Bento Lunch Box Making Class, the experienced cooking instructor will teach you how to make your own delicious and nutritious Japanese bento. Along the way, you’ll master the basics of Japanese home cooking and learn to make dishes like tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled egg omelet), onigiri rice balls, and your choice of main dish, like crispy tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) or teriyaki chicken. Lastly, you’ll decorate your lunch box using different food props and techniques to make it look as delicious as it tastes!
There are several important points to consider when making a Japanese bento lunch box. For one thing, the container must have a partition for the carbohydrate portion (traditionally rice, but pasta or bread can also be used) so it does not get saturated with other flavors. The main dish is usually a protein, like crispy chicken karaage (Japanese fried chicken), fish, or hamburger, while the side dish can consist of sautéed veggies or salad. Lastly, there should be an overall balance of protein (meat), carbohydrates (rice), and fiber (vegetables) that gives Japanese bento its variety of color, flavor, and nutrition. The cooking instructor will cover all this and more in the Healthy Japanese Bento Lunch Box Making Class!
Highlights of the Healthy Japanese Bento (Lunch Box) Making Class:
- Learn how to make a Japanese bento lunch box in this hands-on cooking class
- Learn about the basics of Japanese home cooking and Japanese cooking ingredients
- Get creative with plating and bento arrangement
- Enjoy a meal with the cooking instructor and the rest of the class
- Expertise of a Japanese cooking instructor
- Recipes and instructions in English
- All cooking ingredients and tools will be provided, including apron and recipe printout
- Disposable bento box will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own
- Your choice of one main dish:
- Tori tsukune (mini chicken burger with teriyaki sauce)
- Karaage (Japanese fried chicken)
- Mini tonkatsu (crispy, deep-fried pork cutlet)
- Teriyaki salmon or chicken
- Ginger pork
- Stir-fried tofu with vegetables
- Tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelet)
- 3 vegetable side dishes (green, red, yellow)
- Onigiri (rice balls)
- Transportation fees to and from the event
Minimum of 2, maximum of 6 participants.
If you are a single traveler, please contact us.
Meguro: The inner south area of Meguro has a quaint local community that’s central enough, but not quite in the thick of chaotic city life. Meguro Station is conveniently located between Shibuya and Shinagawa on the JR Yamanote Line and is also intersected by the subway, making for a considerable transit hub to well-connect this residential area. Surrounded by a cluster of restaurants and bars which trickle down through Meguro Dori Street, cherry blossoms line the canal along Meguro River, a popular spot for hanami season in spring. Follow the river to the west and you’ll end up at the trendy bars and hipster cafes of Nakameguro, where the ward stretches as far as Yutenji and Tokyo’s little Europe in Jiyugaoka. Meguro is home to 500 Buddha statues in Daienji Temple, as well as the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, alongside the much more unusual Meguro Parasitological Museum.
Meeting Time and Meeting Location:
All classes are held in a private residence. It’s a 5-minute walk from Fudomae Station (via the Metro Mita Line or Nanboku Line) and a 10-minute walk from Meguro Station (JR Yamanote Line). The exact location and address of the residence will be given upon the confirmation of your attendance.
- Please be reminded to come to the class on time
- As the house is not childproof, toddlers under the age of 4 are not allowed
- This is a smoke-free residence. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated