Ever since I have seen the lunch packed in a Rantang, posted by Rudyhou on his blog (see here), I have been thinking of finding a similar style lunchbox, ie 3 containers within a insulated larger container. It’s worth reading his post about it as it shows some examples of the lunches he packs in it, they all look delicious 😛
The lunchbox I eventually bought is from Zojirushi and is actually called Ms Bento! They have various stainless steel lunch jar options, Ms Bento has 2 or 3 containers, there is a Mini Bento, and a Mr Bento with 4 containers! More info can be found here.
My Ms Bento doesn’t have a bag and comes instead with a carry strap. Like the one that Rudyhou has, it also has 3 containers, all suitable for the microwave, an outer stainless steel container, and a chopstick holder with chopsticks. Food is supposed to keep hot/cold in it for 6 hours, and as said, the inner bowls can be popped into the microwave if needed.
The photo above (right) shows the different compartments, and I packed them as following:
- The bottom one is the smallest and has a watertight lid. I filled it with some radish soup (basically Korean miso soup with Korean radish).
- The middle one has a screw on lid and is the largest. Although it is not 100% watertight, it seems to be almost be so. I think that as long as you keep it upright, you might be able to pack food like pasta with a thick sauce in it, but I would test it first to be certain… In my container I packed some spicy fried rice, ie “my Korean version” of egg fried rice. It has rice, leek, spring onion, baby corn, prawns, sugar snaps, egg and to make it spicy & Korean …some Gochujang … 🙂
- Finally I packed some orange slices in the top container.
I packed mine 5 hours ago, with piping hot food in the bottom two containers. When I unpacked it, the bowls holding the hot food still felt warm on the outside and there was steam coming off the food when I took the lid off. But… unfortunately the food itself isn’t piping hot anymore, it’ts more like lukewarm. Well warmer than lukewarm, but not hot. It was just a bit too cool for me to classify as a hot lunch (although I suppose you could eat it as it was definitely warmer than room temp) so I popped both containers in the microwave for 1 minute.
So, I think that next time I might try it with putting some boiling water in the containers first, this will probably help keeping it warmer for a longer time.
Still…a very enjoyable lunch 🙂