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5 Japanese-style bento boxes that feature different types of cuisine

By Camille Santiago Published Jul 17, 2021 3:00 pm

It's the end of another work week—you deserve to indulge!

But with a bevy of food choices available, it sometimes so hard to choose which food to try next. Thanks to the Japanese, we learned that it's easy to whip a bento box, or a single-portion Japanese boxed meal, which includes carbs, protein, and an assortment of vegetables and side dishes. Not only is it convenient, but it's an excellent way to get all the nutrients you need.

Though it's not just Japan that does this, other countries have also adopted this style in their culture. There's the dosirak for the Koreans, the tiffin for Indians, and Schiscetta for Italians. And thankfully, restaurants from other parts of the world have also explored this idea and incorporated this style to their menu.

Below, check out the different bento boxes from different restaurants and cuisines that are currently available in the Philippines.

Filipino: Lydia's Lechon

The Philippines is full of diverse flavors, but there’s nothing quite like the crunchiness and salty, juicy taste of a roasted pig. That said, lechon has always been a staple in any Filipino gathering. But honestly, who needs an occassion? Now, it's available anywhere and can be bought in smaller portions.

A household name for more than five decades, Lydia's Lechon continues to establish its footprint by making it easier for you to whet your lechon cravings with their newest Bento Meals. For just P320 a set, you can already get a serving of their famous lechon, combined with side dishes of veggies and rice, and packed in individual boxes. You can order these through their website, Messenger, delivery hotlines, mobile or via GrabFood, FoodPanda and Klook.


American: POUND Burgers

Some days there's just nothing better than a big juicy burger to satisfy our comfort food cravings. Throw in a few more things like shrimp poppers and salad, now that makes one big meal! POUND Burgers is now letting you customize your burger kits for virtual parties and intimate gatherings. Their basic kit, Set A, includes Pound Sliders and Pomodoro salad for just P250; while their biggest kit, Set G, is priced at P865 and it includes Chicken Wings, Goat Cheese Salad, Backyard Cheese Burger and Spaghetti Meatballs.

Korean: Sumgyup on the Way

Pre-pandemic, eating at a Korean BBQ place has become a weekly thing for most of us. But for those who are too lazy to set up a huge KBBQ spread at home, these dosirak or bento boxes in Korean is the perfect option. Samgyup On The Way offers two kinds of Dosirak: Darayo or Sweet Beef Bento Box, and Maewoyo or Spicy Beef Bento Box. Both are priced at P249 each, with an additional P10 if you want to upgrade to kimchi garlic rice. You can order them online or thru GrabFood.

Thai: Muang Thai

Who's up for some Thai food? Get to try some of Thailand's popular dishes with Muang Thai's Take-Away Box. These sets are available in Chicken Pandan Set, Pad Thai Set, Pad Kra Pao Set, and Mu Krob Set, and starts at P260. You can order via GrabFood or message 09668272346 / 0284264123.

Taiwanese: Din Tai Fung

We're always DTF (down to feast, that is) with Din Tai Fung! Now that they offer Solo Feasts, it's easier to curb your hunger with your favorite Taiwanese food staples like xiao long bao, pork chops, and spicy noodles. All sets come with rice or noodles and a variety of options for sides and main dishes. Price ranges from P295 to P500.

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