Bento Ideas & Menu 🍱

Most Popular Bento

Van Gogh Starry Sky bento box idea, feature with Thai laab

Starry Sky Bento Box is our best bento box idea, this bento menu got selected by a Japanese TV program in NHK.

Shiba dog cute bento with Thai food, aka Laab

Shiba dog bento boxes for dog lovers. Look at how cute they are 🥰

Siberian husty dog cute bento with Thai food, aka Laab

Our Shiba rice ball just invited a fluffy friend, a Siberian Husky 🐕

Thai Food Bento Menu

Authentic Thai chilli paste rice bento with Harry Potter inspired design

Traditional and authentic Thai dish, Thai chili paste  (Nam Prik) comes in a magical theme.

Cute kawaii egg congee or Thai Joke

This is our Thai Joke 😀 (Hahaha it’s not funny, but “Joke” means congee in Thai).

Thai food satay take out with authentic Thai peanut sauce

Authentic Thai peanut sauce with Satay beef in a bento box.

Pad Kra Pao / Ka Prao / Stir fried Thai holy basil menu with Thai fish sauce dip

“Pad Kaprao” with crispy half-cooked fried egg, is the most popular lunch among Thai people. The warm stir fried  (Thai) holy basil fragrant goes very well with steamed rice.

Thai basil fried rice menu

Thai Basil Fried Rice, warm and fluffy fried rice comes with fragrance from Thai basil in every single bite.

Thai basil and kabocha in red curry soup menu

Thai basil and Kabocha squash in light Red Curry soup. No additional sugar, oil, or fat. This healthy and aromatic soup will warm you up through Fall-Winter.

Healthy and Vegan Bento Boxes

Beautiful vegan rose mango poke bowl menu

Beautiful vegetarian mango poke bowl, looks like 2 mango roses are blooming.

Healthy plant based rainbow vegetable lunchbox

Healthy plant based rainbow vegetable bowl that would make your day brighter.

Vegan onigiri bento lunchbox - lotus root edamame

Vegan onigiri bento with Kinpira Renkon (Japanese Lotus Root Stir-Fry) lunchbox.

Bento (弁当, bentō) is a Japanese word referring to “lunchbox”, so many people use the word “bento box” to refer to a lunchbox in Japanese style. But why the Japanese lunchbox is so famous and even has its own specific term?

The lunch box culture in Japan is pretty unique and impressive. Japanese lunch boxes are not only nutritious and delicious, but most of them are also well designed. Many Japanese people decorate their food in very beautiful or very cute ways (Yeah, as usual for Japanese products!)

We share plenty of authentic and simple Thai food recipes for bento boxes here. Our Thai food recipes are easy to make, and they are still tasty at room temperature. So you can enjoy with your bento everywhere even when there is no microwave nearby.

Many bento menus come with cute characters from your favorite Anime (Animation), such as One Piece, and Rilakkuma. This style of bento is called “Kyaraben (キャラ弁)”, “Kyara” comes from the word “character” and “ben” comes from the word “bento”. Therefore “Kyaraben” means character bento.

Too bad that some people have to grow up and are too shy to have anime characters in their bento all the time, so there are bento boxes for adults as well. Normally these bento boxes have fewer decoration elements, and the food seems to be more healthy. You can see some examples in our Healthy Bento section.