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Origin Bento

[From April Issue 2015]

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Origin Bento, a shop that sells side dishes and obento (pack lunches) to go, has a total of 566 stores in the Kanto and Kansai areas. There are more than 30 varieties of obento box available. The company prides itself on preparing dishes in store with healthy seasonal ingredients rich in nutrients that contain no artificial colorings or preservatives. Side dishes are arranged on a large platter in a glass display case at the counter and can be bought for 183 yen per 100 grams. The menu is altered according to the season.

[No. 1] Nori (Seaweed) Bento 299 yen

Okaka (bonito flakes), nori, and deep fried fish are served on a bed of rice. This standard bento dish is popular with people of all ages.

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[No. 2] Nori Deep Fried Chicken Bento 399 yen

Deep fried chicken with a side serving of cabbage served on a bed of rice topped with okaka and nori.

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[No. 3] Half a Serving of the Recommended Daily Vegetable Intake
Six Stir-fried Vegetables Bento 504 yen

Cabbage, bell peppers, onions, carrots, komatsuna (Japanese mustard spinach), and moyashi (bean sprouts) stir-fried in soy sauce. A flavor you’ll never tire of. Only available in the Kanto area.

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Origin Bento


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