Special Bento Menu (Orizume)

Why not try orizume, a special kind of bento lunch box packed with a myriad of delicacies? Though a bit time-consuming to prepare, this delicious, healthy, attractive, and well-balanced meal is perfect if you’re tired of standard fare like sandwiches, salad and hard-boiled eggs.

Ryohei Hayashi, chef-owner of Tenoshima, a one-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo, has a special approach to orizume. As an expert in local cuisine, he creates seasonal menus based on the idea of goshiki-gomi-goho: “five colors” (black, white, red, green and yellow), “five flavors” (sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami), and “five methods” (grilled, simmered, fried, raw and pickled). This gives the meal harmony, balance and variety, resulting in a rich palette of flavors, colors, and textures.

Check out Orizume Bento Recipes here.

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