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Yakiudon Bento (482)

There are days when I love my kids so much, they start telling me to please stop kissing them. I’m sure many of my fellow parents can identify with this. Those same parents also know that there are days when I want to box them up and put them in storage until they’re like, 8 years old or something. I have no idea if this age is any better though, since my oldest is almost six, but I like to think that my days of ear-piercing screaming fits will come to an end by then.

Other days aren’t as bad, but I do need to stop, close my eyes, and breathe deeply just to calm down. Like today, when I found Baby Girl writing her name with a ball point pen on her bed sheets. Or when I discovered missing Bento Hoodlums.

Yet another kind of trying parenting day is when they insult you with honesty. The other day I was getting dressed and Baby Girl came in and stated, “That panty is much too small for you.”

Thoughts of sitting on her and farting instantly flashed in my head.

And with that lovely thought, let’s get to my lunch.

Yakiudon Bento

I made this for lunch yesterday from a packet of udon noodles I got at Marukai last week. I fried diced sweet onion, sliced ham, carrots, and broccoli in olive oil, then added the noodles. Last of all, I added some Aloha Shoyu Guava Pineapple Teriyaki Glaze that I found in my cabinet crying from neglect. I’d bought this in a pack at Costco ages ago, probably last year or longer ago. Standard Pikko procedure, forgetting about something yummy I try in the store.

I had a little too much, so I ate the rest that didn’t fit for breakfast. I packed it in what has been a mysterious bento box for ages. Ever since I can remember bentoing, I’ve seen this Prime Nakamura Bread Box from J-List and I’ve never bought it because it’s just a strange looking bento box. Last month I had a lot of J-List credit to use, so I finally got one.

Yakiudon Bento Covered

Here’s a photo of it covering the kim chee crab and avocado salad I packed. That tier is actually supposed to hold sandwiches, but I thought it would be cool to put a salad in there because the lid is a dome and therefore allows you to overpack.

Another thing that’s always perplexed me is the size. The photos make it look like it’s a big box, I guess because I envision it as being just like a loaf of bread, but in reality it’s pretty small and can fit into my hand.

Bread Box

Sorry for the blurry picture, but you get the idea. It’s a cute box and fits a good amount of food. I can see it as being a great box for sammies on top and veggie sticks and fruits on the bottom! It comes with a strap, which is always a plus in my book.


This picture is a bit old, but it’s my Hoodlums at the Edible Book Contest cheering for their marshmallow friends. They totally freaked when I ate one later.

I’ve gotta crazy response to my 1 Million Hits Bento Giveaway, more than any other contest, which is really awesome. Thanks to everyone! If you haven’t entered yet, be sure to do so before Monday!

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  • You crack me up, you’re so funny! It always brings a smile to my face when I read your blog! The bento does look huge! A nice different bento, it fit’s in your collection? Everything looks so yummy!

    BTW, do you want me to send you some guava paste? Let me know, email me your address and I’ll send you some.

  • My 6yo recently wrote his name in crayon on the ottoman. I really thought he was old enough to know the wrongness of this, but I guess the 6yo brain is a mystery to me. Kids!
    I’m surprised it’s so small too! So cute.

  • Haha you have to love the honesty of children…..or something 😀 I don’t think there is an age that those days go away completely. I would say Kidlet is one of the best behaved children I know and there are still days when I wonder if he has gone completely insane….or if I have 😛

    I love the bread box bento it is so cute! I have always admired that one, maybe one day I will break down and get it 😛

  • haha.. i can totally identify this with you. my 7 yr-old girl too told me that my panty is abit too small, in a shop’s changing room! i gotta hush her immediately and pray to GOD that no one else heard it! she also painted her pokka dot pillow case with a yellow highlighter… now i know i am not alone.. 😀 lol!!

  • OMG, Domo marshmallows!! I must make those! Sooooo cute 😀

  • Mai

    You’re just too funny! I have those days like you too. My girl is 7 and wrote all over her white bedroom furniture with permanent markers. It never ceases to amaze me. I thought at her age, she knew better. I guess she is making up for missed childhood or something. She didn’t do that when she was 3 or 4. Yesterday, I caught her doing her math homework on the kitchen counter. Thank goodness it was just in pencil and not permanent markers ;-). Would not have been too happy if it was.

  • Thanks Lyndsey!

  • Well, at least I know I’m not alone! lol

  • It’s probably a unique mixture of concurrent insanity. lol

  • Ouch!! I’d have died I think, haha!

  • I need to make me a domo cake. D:

  • You’re killing my hopes here, Mai!!

  • I like this one, and the box to!