[2019 Edition] 5 of the Most Popular Bento Boxes at 7-Eleven in Japan
Bento boxes (lunch boxes) sold at convenience stores are popular for their delicious flavors and very affordable prices. There are so many different options and it can be difficult to decide which one to try. This article will cover 5 of the top-selling bentos at 7-Eleven.
1. Sangenton Negi Shio Pork Kalbi Bento (Barley and Rice)
Sangenton Negi Shio Pork Kalbi Bento (Barley and Rice) combines Sangenton pork, a crossbred of three pig breeds characterized by a soft texture, with a light-flavored mixture of rice and barley. The aroma of the grilled Sangenton and the salt-based sauce will have you licking your lips. It's very affordable with a price of about 400 JPY. If you've never had rice with barley before, this is a great way to try it!
2. The Seven Beef Curry with Angus Beef
The Seven Beef Curry with Angus Beef is a professional-grade beef curry made by slowly simmering Angus beef. The umami (Japanese savory taste) from the vegetables and beef melts into the curry, resulting in outstandingly rich and deep flavors. This is also reasonably priced and can be purchased at a cost that's less than one coin (500 JPY coin)!
3. Smooth and Firm Zaru Soba
The Smooth and Firm Zaru Soba is a popular choice for those times when you feel like having a light bento lunch. The smooth, chewy noodles go down really easily! It's made with attention to detail at every stage of the production process, with the buckwheat coarsely ground in a stone mortar to create a fantastic chewiness and texture. It is the perfect bento during the hot season!
4. Special Roasted Chicken Oyakodon
The Special Roasted Chicken Oyakodon is distinguished by its wonderful aroma. The roasted chicken enhances the aroma, which will surely make your stomach start rumbling. It goes perfectly with the rich flavors of the egg, and is a great accompaniment to the rice. Add the nori (seaweed) and shichimi togarashi (seven spice chili) packets that come with it to your own preference to further enhance the flavors. This is a must-try dish for anyone who has never had oyakodon (rice bowl dish with chicken and eggs).
5. Young Chicken Karaage Bento (Garlic Soy Sauce)
Young Chicken Karaage Bento is a hearty bento box that features amazingly juicy bites of chicken. The best part is in its garlic soy sauce flavoring. The karaage (fried chicken) goes perfectly with rice! It is recommended for those who are craving a filling meal.
All of these bentos look really delicious, so be sure to pick some up from 7-Eleven when you're in Japan!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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