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Cute Korean Lunch Boxes

October 20, 2011

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When we were little kids and went to kindergarten, we had lunch boxes. They were HUGE though. Huge. Big enough to fit in a sandwich, a thermos (though we never used the thermos for soup), juice boxes, snacks, everything. They were big, bulky things, and they always had some awesome sticker on them for branding that would make them awesome. They’d all be the same shape, but the sticker and colour would make it so much more special. Ooh! Timmy’s got a Transformers Lunch Box. Khal Drogo has a Power Ranger lunch box! Suzy’s got a stupid My Pet Pony lunchbox, or something. They were awesome, and, come to think of it, we really miss them now! We could totally use them when we go to the coffeeshops to edit for hours.

Korea also has lunch boxes, and we’re reviewing them today, but they’re a lot smaller. You could probably fit three or four Korean/Japanese/Asian lunch boxes into one North American one. But that’s probably because these Korean lunch boxes are a lot more efficient with their space. A LOT MORE. But the meals are also a lot smaller. A LOT. Maybe – and this could be a hunch – that’s why Korean kids are a lot slimmer than North American kids?

OooOooh…I feel a rant coming on.

So, you know, that last idea brings us kinda to a point that we want to make. We just flew in to Toronto yesterday on a whim. We’re visiting Canada now for three weeks, and we didn’t announce it to anyone because we wanted to surprise the hell out of our families – who had no clue about our visit. We made videos of their surprises and you’ll see it soon! Anyhow, in our jet lagged state, after waking up at 4AM today and going to a 24 hour diner for a CHEAP $5.00 greasy breakfast (man Korea really needs some of those!) we decided to walk through a Shopper’s Drug Mart, which is like a pharmacy/general stuff store.

We walked up and down the aisles and even though we were like “OH MY GOD THERE’S SO MUCH STUFF WE MISSED!” we’re also a bit appalled at how much junk there is to eat here. And the portions are HUGE. HUUUUUGE. Over in the soda section, we saw freaking huge cans of everything, including Red Bull. Soda in Korea is sold in the slim size half can, or you can buy a small plastic bottle (of course they have 2L ones as well). And the bags of chips – even though we were really craving Doritos – shocked us at how massive they are. Seriously! The bags here are so big compared to South Korean chip bags. And the aisles are towering, massive columns of far too much selection. Martina went to the shampoo section and just starred with a dropped jaw trying to figure out where to begin. She couldn’t even reach the top shelf, it was a massive tower of stuff. BTW, what’s up with shampoo for “Long Hair”? I get shampoo for “Damaged” or “Curly” or “Smooth” but “Long Hair?” WTF DOES THAT DO!!?? We felt tiny and overwhelmed by stuff, and – this may be the jet lag talking- we felt just culture shocked.

Ah! That was a long rambling way of just saying that North American kids have huge lunch boxes, while South Korean kids don’t. South Korean kids are also a lot slimmer than North American kids. And, lastly, North American junk food portions are a lot bigger than South Korean junk food portions. There! And, the most important point of this ramble is this: South Korean lunch boxes are sooOOOoooOOo much cuter! Man, ran out of steam to talk about lunch boxed due to the ramble…and the jet lag.

Anyhow, enough of that. It’s time for our Wonderful Treasure Find Care Package Giveaway! Woohoo! This month we’re giving away the Massage Balls, the High Heel Foot Pain Fixers, the Couple Charms, and now this lunchbox. Woot! To win the care package, you have to be a Subscriber of our YouTube channel, and you have to answer this skill testing question:

If you had this cute Happy Togerder lunch box, what would be the ?

We’ll pick our favourite answer next week, and mail out your loot. Woot! Just a note, though: we won’t be able to mail out your package for a while, until we get back to Korea on November 6th. Yay! On a side note: anything you’d like to see us do while we’re in Toronto? We have a couple of exciting video ideas planned, including a Canadian kpop survey special, and a special edition WTF Canada (involving Canadians figuring out WTF Korean stuff…weeee!!!!) but if you’ve got any other suggestions we’re open to hearing them. Yeah! Jet lag sucks!!!! *Martina and Simon fall asleep on the ground*

And on that note, here are this week’s Bloopers:

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  1. LOL. :( I would pack the top full of chocolate chips and the bottom full of cheese cake (formed to the edges), and when I was ready, I would flip the bottom over so it fell onto the chocolate chips and I would use the semi-decent fork to push the cheesecake down into the chocolate chips. It sounds like torture. Also delicious. Delicious torture. CHEESECAKE AND CHOCO CHIPS HAPPY TOGERDER? Maybe…

    5 years ago
  2. I love my bento box!!!!! I got one at Pacific Mall  >.< 

    What I would put in my bento box or "kento" box

    1. octopus veggie dogs ( i'm a rabbit, no meat in my diet) 

    2. The most amazing thing in the world TOTORO!!!!! here a link, this is beyond cuteness 

    ( this is what it looks like) http://superpunch.blogspot.com/2008/10/totoro-bento-box.html

    or http://www.flickr.com/photos/cuteobento/1587201830/

    or http://djdesignerlab.com/2010/10/06/20-creative-and-interesting-bento-box-art/

    3. I would go all Hana Yori Dango (J-version) on my bento, and make it "manly"  ( i like to eat a lot T~T) and have a three store bento with lunch (grilled cheese)  dinner ( inari, sweet potato tempura, and avocado rolls)  and desert ( macaroons and mini cheese cakes) 

    —– I'm sorry I couldn't just choose one

    5 years ago
  3. i would put hello kitty shaped sugar cookies in for desert and put some tortellini with pesto sauce in for the main part and some grapes (or and omelet with cheese and with ketchup on the side)

    5 years ago
  4. I would maybe put something like gummy bears!!!. I also thought of a pack of cookies but its so small that it would probably just carry like 100 calorie cookie bag or something that small. Or maybe both :D

    5 years ago
  5. Milk and cereal separately, so I can have cereal at school!!! buahahaha…. if the milk doesn’t spill out…or turns warm…*sigh*(I feel like an idiot…)

    5 years ago
  6. I KNOW WHAT I’D PUT. First, I’d put little onigiri rice balls in there with seaweed panda face cause those are so cute. And i’d put in those “octopus” sausage, where it’s half a small sausage and slice the bottom half to make it have tentacles. Sounds creepy but it’s cute. Also eggs and sushi and Hello Pandas for a snack. :3

    5 years ago
  7. kimbap is the perfect lunch for that cute little lunch box ^^

    5 years ago
  8. nothing counteracts the cutenss of that box more than a little bit of nakji. Live squid for lunch? Amazing WTF package this month.. ::In martina’s cute voice:: I want it…..

    5 years ago
  9. If i had a happy togerder box i, as a healthy, delicious, rice lover would put rice that has spicy chili sauce all over it in the bottom. then in half of the the top half i would put my proteins: tofu or chickens or peanut butters. and in the other half of the top half i would put in some vegetable of of some sort. but i don’t like very many vegetables so, i would just put in some onions or something. then i would wrap it up with a cute little bow to make it even cuter. otherwise i would just put my stash of halloween candy in it.
    the end

    5 years ago
  10. i would make sushi tht looks like spudgy @ o @

    5 years ago
  11. If i had one of the lunch boxes i think i would put in like a bunch of little sushi things! Or maybe stuff like Jan Di put in hers when she made Jun Pyu one in BoF!! I know it isnt the same size but it reminds me of it :3

    5 years ago
  12. I would put small little cut up meat, sandwich, eggs, some carrots. COOKIES or BROWNIES!!!! mmmmmmmm :D :D :D. But Most Of All I will Put Meat that’s cut up and probably some mashed potatoes and carrots as side dish!!!!! :)

    5 years ago
  13. I would put Ketchup-flavored rice balls and cute heart shaped egg rolls :D

    5 years ago
  14. I would probably put foods you can share in the shape of a heart to go with the theme of Happy Togerder. I could put carrot sticks and celery sticks with a bit of dipping sauce (Which i’m not going to mention what I would have because I don’t want to be accused of sucking up even though I legitly put it on everything like Simon does….). Maybe finger sandwiches then when my friend and I were all done sharing the bento we would promptly go out and get food at a restaurant because there wouldn’t be enough food for two people.

    5 years ago
  15. Hmmm. wouldn’t you get hazed in the High school in the states if you got such a thing as guy?

    5 years ago
  16. In the US they have more manly versions of this. 

    5 years ago
  17. If i had one of those boxes i would put only fruits in it ! lots and lots of fruits !! i would fill it with all kinds of fruits like strawberries, bananas, kiwi, apples…. BUT the fun part is i’m gonna put them in different shapes like hearts, stars or dinosaur heads!! i’ll try to be creative as much as i can, i mean who could resist the cuteness of that box ??!! don’t you wanna just AAANNNNNNG it !!

    5 years ago
  18. bear meat and ambiguously-gendered-tiny-eskimo-person meat

    5 years ago
  19. i fully agree. so jealous b/c i can’t do eye makeup…and when i try, my allergies get the best of me and i end up rubbing it all away. :( martina’s eye makeup skills rule!!

    5 years ago
  20. JT

    ah yes the Korean cutie 도시락 or lunch box. My fiance has already start shopping for the more “manly” versions for me… At any rate, what would I put in there? taking a cue from my students… a baby chicken or hamster… Yes, I have actually seen “pets” in the 도시락. Later the chicks went to grandma’s house and were never heard from again… 

    5 years ago
  21. omg … welcome back to canada ….i hope i could bump into both of you…. :)

    5 years ago
  22. Haaaa. I’ve had a bento box how-to book for a year and have still been looking for one that is actually CUTE. It’s pretty difficult. This one is pretty cute compared to what I’ve seen. 

    Anyway, I’d probably take regular North American lunch favorites and “fun-size” them. So instead of a whole sandwich, one or two quarters of a sandwich. Baby carrots, grape tomatoes, grapes, small strawberries. MINI SIZE EVERYTHINGGGGG. Okay, calming down. I’ve also got one of those egg mold things so I’d have to use that. Eggs are kind of small and cute, right? 

    Then I can be all “hipster lunch kid” with my ironic North American lunch in my bento (errr kento) box.

    5 years ago
  23. Kim

    I would put cut up egg rolls in the first level above white rice and then at the bottom, I would put fruit rollups with a side of veggies~

    5 years ago
  24. A sardwuich and a sarlad.

    5 years ago
  25. OMG that is sooo cute and Martina i am with you *big anime freak! i saw them everywhere in anime/manga. so one day i saw the bento box online and was like “HOLY FUDGE MUFFINS!! MOMMY CAN I HAVE IT?!” mom-> No…*walks away and crushes my desire 4 all thing japanese/korean…sad panda bear…T^T** well hmm i would put in rice and bean*cuz im Spanish like that* and Salad w/ raw tuna or med-rare meat and w/ blue cheese or ranch dressing *cuz im half vampire (no lie! my eyes sting in the sunlight, i like rare meat and dislike garlic cuz of the strong smell!) and i like ranch( not sucking up 2 Simon cuz i know he has a fetish 4 ranch, i actully like the stuff!) and cookies! a def on the cookies, no meal is complete w/o cookies(or any pastry), its a abomination!!!! >w<

    5 years ago
  26. I had those when I was in college..hehehe. I had rice on the bottom tray, steamed veges on the top tray & sliced kalbi next to those veges. Mmm..& for dessert a Jello-O pudding cup or a RV cupcake that I’d purchase from Trader Joe’s..yum!!! But I had to watch out for my bento cuz I would be put it in the school refrigerator & it would somehow get stolen…:(. Yea I went through a lot of bentos in school. 

    5 years ago
  27. If I had that cute Happy Together Lunch Box : On the bottom tray i’d have some steamed vegetables and/or some Nopalitos (cooked Cactus with potatoes and Onions) and on the top tray some arroz con pollo (rice and chicken) or some tuna and fried picckles! :) nom nom…

    5 years ago
  28. I just learned how to make kimchi so I’d fill the bottom part with that (cause kimchi rocks my socks) and I’d put something unhealthy in the top to counteract the kimchi goodness…brownies? cookie dough? maybe some sour patch kids…

    5 years ago
  29. http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_llav7qZES81qa7ykzo1_400.jpg

    NOAH’S ARK :) Yes.. domo’s do exist..

    5 years ago
  30. Well let’s see! On the bottom, since it has a food seperater thingy, I would put GUMMY BEAAAARSS in the smaller slot and rices in the bigger one :] And on the TOP I would put mashed potatoes with peas in the outlining of a heart and colorful sprinkles in the outside of the heart. And then I’d eat the inside of the heart first and then  it would still be a heart :’) Until I’d eat it all. 

    5 years ago
  31. I would put cute little pink food like Mike & Ikes, Laffy Taffy, and then some salmon type of sushi! Yum!!!

    5 years ago
  32. isnt it nice to have the second box is full of chicken/fish nuggets from costco and the first box contains ur favorite sauces like ranch and bbq sauce? 
    i do that everytime :)

    5 years ago
  33. it looks like there are two levels, if this is the case then I would put little tiny vegan cupcakes in the top and the other level I would put frosting, and sprinkles (divided by that divider) and then I could decorate my own cupcakes at school and make all the other people jealous.

    5 years ago
  34. I would put the spiky balls in and if someone tried to attack me I’d pull them out like “WHACHAAAA!” and attack them back ^^

    5 years ago
  35. I’d put a better fork in it.

    5 years ago
  36. I would put rainbow jello (grandma’s specialty) in the bottom and a sandwich in the shape of a dinosaur on top! RAWR!

    5 years ago
  37. Octopus weiners, you see them in manga all the time and when I went to Japan my host-mama made them. SO ADORABLE AND DELICIOUS~!

    5 years ago
  38. So I would definitely bring this to school and make all the other dudes super jealous!! In my dosirak (which is what google told me they are called) would be probably some rice and probably some cute design made of like seaweed or something on top. Everyone would be like WOW! You are so cultured, but in the bottom one i would have like a B.L.T or something with bacon(or canadian ham) just cause it’s awesome and eat it in secret. Yea….it would be an awesome lunch…

    5 years ago
  39. ZOMG,

    i would put like rice and vegetables at the bottom,and then,
    on the top, i would make little pretty cut outs of sandwiches :D

    5 years ago
  40. Oh, I remember the time I would carry those around when I would go on a field trip in kindergarten… :) 
    haha, Martina- WINN. 

    5 years ago