The thing about cheap bento boxes is that they exactly what they are, cheap. No matter how careful you are to never put it in the dishwasher and treat it as gentle as can be, there is still a pretty good chance the once adorable designs on the top are going to get scratched and look a little worn. I think of these $1-3 bentos like those gladware containers, no matter what, I’m just going to have to replace them at some point.
Now some of you know and some of you may not know that I am turning the big 30 pretty soon. So as prepare for my biological clock to start ticking, I am also looking to start by 30s by getting rid of things (other than myself) which are starting to show their age. Worn out zippy with holes in the pockets and sleeves? Gone! Socks worn so thin you can see through them? You are out of here! Scratched up and cracked bento boxes meant for preschoolers? As much as it pains me to say this, it’s time for me to see other boxes.
The good news about all this bento cleansing is that I was able to make a trip to Kam Man market. I’ve mentioned this place before, but it seems like they realized just how popular bento culture was getting in the US because I h ave never seen such a selection there before. And the prices? Well, let’s just say that I am ready to have quite a wild fling with several new boxes. Here is just a sample of the goodies they carry:
Overall these boxes ranged from $2-$8, with the $8 one being made of sturdier stuff with an additional microwave top underneath the colored outer one.