Still with a Japan-based friend, we’re able to visit a few Japanese restaurants around the city. This particular restaurant is Kirin in Vienna’s second district. We were probably too early that we were the only people in the restaurant – and it was a nice thing too, having all the room so we can talk as much and not be bothered by the thought that we are bothering others. teehee ^_^
Whenever we dined in, the kids and I find bento boxes convenient.
I think Bento lunch boxes are a popular choice for many people. Here are some reasons why they can be good to order when you’re in a restaurant:
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Bento boxes are pre-packaged meals that come in a single container, making them convenient for on-the-go eating. They are often designed with separate compartments, allowing you to enjoy a variety of foods in one package without the need for additional containers or utensils.
Bento boxes are typically portioned appropriately, providing a balanced meal with a variety of food groups. They often include a serving of protein, grains, vegetables, and sometimes fruits, helping you maintain a healthy diet and control portion sizes.
Variety and balanced nutrition
Bento boxes offer a wide range of food options. They can include a diverse selection of proteins, such as grilled chicken, tofu, or fish, along with steamed or stir-fried vegetables, rice or noodles, and even some pickled or fermented items. This variety ensures that you get a balanced nutritional intake with different flavors and textures.
Bento boxes are known for their aesthetically pleasing presentation. The colorful arrangement of different foods in separate compartments makes the meal visually appealing and can enhance the overall dining experience.
Bento boxes can often be customized according to dietary preferences or restrictions. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or have other dietary needs, you can usually find bento box options that cater to your specific requirements.
By ordering a bento box for to go option, you can minimize waste compared to ordering individual dishes or using disposable containers. Bento boxes are typically designed to be reusable, reducing single-use packaging and contributing to a more environmentally friendly dining option.
A bento box can vary depending on personal preferences and cultural influences, there are several common items you’ll often find in a traditional Japanese-style bento box. Here are some typical components:
Rice: A staple of Japanese cuisine, steamed white or brown rice is commonly included in a bento box. It serves as a filling carbohydrate base.
Protein: Bento boxes usually feature a protein source, such as grilled or marinated chicken, beef, pork, or fish. It can be served as a whole piece, sliced, or in the form of meatballs or cutlets.
Vegetables: Bento boxes often contain a variety of cooked or pickled vegetables, providing both nutrition and color. Common options include stir-fried or steamed vegetables like broccoli, carrots, green beans, or spinach. Japanese pickles (tsukemono) are also popular.
Egg: Eggs are frequently included in bento boxes in different forms. Tamagoyaki, a sweet rolled omelette, is a common choice. Hard-boiled eggs or small omelette slices may also be included.
Sushi or Sashimi: Bento boxes sometimes incorporate sushi rolls (maki) or sliced raw fish (sashimi), especially in sushi-focused bentos. These items offer a more refined and delicate touch.
Tempura: Tempura, which refers to deep-fried battered vegetables or seafood, is occasionally featured in bento boxes. It adds a crispy element to the meal.
Fruits: Bento boxes often include a small portion of fresh fruits for a refreshing and sweet ending. Common choices include sliced melons, grapes, or citrus fruits.
Seaweed: Sheets of roasted seaweed (nori) might be included in a bento box for wrapping rice or adding an umami flavor.
Condiments: Bento boxes often come with condiments like soy sauce, wasabi, pickled ginger, or mayonnaise for added flavor.
So the kids chose each bentos with either tuna, salmon, or chicken as main viands. I and Kuya O had some sushi plate – really filling to say the least. Their bentos included spring rolls, maki rolls, salmon nigiri and fruits. The kids were satisfied, but we weren’t able to get dessert for being too full. So we get to have some at home instead.
Often I complain how cakes around here are sour – mostly because of the fruits included. That’s why when we get the chance to visit Starbucks or a local cafê serving sweets, we savor them — sometimes too sweet but that’s better than sour. Oh, by we, I mean the kids and I!
Above is a slice of heavenly Oreo cake! Oreo came to groceries here sometime in 2009 ^_^ though we get them from the UN commissary earlier on.
Kirin, 1020 Vienna
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