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26th February 2012

It’s all about the bento box

Elyssa Mckeown tells us what bento is and where to get it

Bento, literally meaning Japanese takeaway, traditionally consists of Japanese-style vegetables, rice and a choice of fresh fish or meat. In recent years, bento has been transformed to include wider ranging ingredients such as sesame seeds, cashews, delicately sliced fruits and teriyaki sauce. Traditionally popular during Hanami, during which Sakura (cherry blossom) are in full bloom throughout Japan, bento is arguably becoming a largely stylistic and popular choice among the westernised world. These special boxes will provide you with a great source of protein, fibre, vitamins and all that other good stuff you may be craving after inflicting that traditional pasta student diet upon your body. So where can you get bento? Here are some great places to start:

Samsi Japanese restaurant
36-38 Whitworth St

360 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton

Arch 2 Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West

High Street, Northern Quarter




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