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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. bear meat and ambiguously-gendered-tiny-eskimo-person meat

    8 years ago
  2. 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)

    8 years ago
  3. Rice and 우엉조림, and pancake for dessert. (does that all fit?!?)

    8 years ago
  4. noodles and spam! ^^~ I used to have one of those when i was in elementary, and i would always bring it to school. then two months later my mom mistakes it as a thing to put dog food in. .___. so that ends the joy of bento boxes for me ;__;~

    8 years ago
  5. I’ll put carne asada tacos. Yummy.-minwooslovelygirl

    8 years ago
  6. Bertie Botts Every Flavoured Beans. CAUSE IT’S ALL THE BEST (and worst) OM NOMS IN THE WORLD WILL BE ABLE TO BE IN MY MINI BOX :D 

    8 years ago
  7. I would *honor* the (too cute for words) lunchbox with peppered tuna sashimi and lotus chips.
    ***Full disclaimer – this would be prepared by my local sushi-lady…who is, in fact, Korean…and she makes fun of my attempts at Hangul in a loving way. We could BOND over this box. ♥☮

    8 years ago
  8. Mini dessert pizzas. :D And~ some mini cake and strawberry tarts~ and fill the bottom with some cake (a cake with not much air in it so it’ll be more dense :D), and strawberry frosting on the top. ^,^ All of this handmade of course, even the strawberrys. Oooh and some little icing sculptures of strawberrys and cute litte bunnys and teddy bears. ^,^

    8 years ago
  9. It’s doshirak in korean like 도시락. Oh and I would put my usual lunch that I brought to school, triangular shaped onigiri or tubular sushi shaped rice or fried rice (made with the plastic rice shape maker that you can find in daisho), octopus sausages, eggs, broccoli and carrots and of course, ham or bacon!! yaaay. 

    Oh and I noticed that it has two level, so for the second box I would put fruits or jellies in, or maybe cereal since i brought my dessert/snack with me as well :):) 

    P.S. I am an international student in my last year of high school in hong kong. I also use similar sized lunch box to bring my own packed lunch to save money, but it is only one level and is transparent. Seems like that kind of lunch box is normal in here too, since my friends also use similarly small lunch box. 

    8 years ago
  10. I would put my asian dishes I make.Lately I make many Korean and Japanese dishes, but i slightly change them(with what i have in my fridge) :)
    P.S.I so want all of those things because I have abnormal pain when I wear heels and I hope half slipper will help me :D

    8 years ago
  11. Simon, its a SPORK, a spoon AND fork!

    8 years ago
  12. Martina, anime, manga, manhwa, all those are called Bento!

    8 years ago
  13. Nachos and Cheese!! hahahahah

    8 years ago
  14. I’d put rice at the bottom compartment and some veggies and scrambled eggs on the top compartment~ ♥ That would be a nice lunch~

     

    8 years ago
  15. Since I’m french, I would put cheese, bread and wine into this cute little bento box! That’s all, french only eats bread and cheese.
    (And yes, we also laugh this way : “HOHOHOHO”)

    Hope you like it, first time I try to win WTF care package because my english is not really good..
    Thanks for all your videos and have a good time in Canada ^-^

    8 years ago
  16. I would, naturally, only put foods in that are happy togerder, like bacon and eggs (with salt and pepper), or macaroni and cheese, or PB&J.  Peanut butter and Jelly are very happy togerder.  And! Since it is such a super cute little lunch box, one would have to use the super cute Pooh bear sandwich presses to make said sandwiches.

    8 years ago
  17. I would definitely put in pb&j cut with my Hello Kitty sandwich shaper. cuz pbj goes best togerder!

    8 years ago
  18. I have a lunch box with Hello Kitty but it doesn’t look like japanese bento boxes. I think my is European style and I’m like Martina always wanna bento box (but my with Hello Kitty and it so so so CUTE! >< khm… ^^)
    anyway if I had this bento box I made a pease of food art ^^ I love cooking so maybe there can be rice(of course ^^) fried chicken or fried squid with delicious tomato sause, then some vegetables maybe carrots(in cute form ^^) and small pancakes with squash(this pancakes – a russian dish and it's YUMMY! ^^)! Oh and I almost forgot – I put sausages that look like cute octopus! ^^If I some day get to myself a bento box it will be the first meal that I do ^^

    8 years ago
  19. id pack http://data.whicdn.com/images/4311932/tumblr_la0h62Gi011qatxgno1_500_large.jpg?1286746649  into it. LOTS OF HARD WORK. thats what id be packing!

    8 years ago
  20. I would probably put onigiri, cute little sausages, a small salad, cherries, and maybe some gyozas. :) When I was in Japan, I got to experience a bento box made by my Japanese host mother, it was very delicious! She made it for me when I went off to school, and it was really sweet of her. The guys lunch boxes were a bit bigger, so they could store more food, so don’t worry Simon! xD You can still bring a cool-looking bento box that stores a lot of food! :P

    8 years ago
  21. I would put fruit lots for fruit because I love fruit. But you could also use it for other things. Like since it already has a fork and a spoon you could fill it with other camping supplies like a flint and stone, or a mini flashlight that goes on key-chains, and you could put some band aids in there and like a mini mini tiny tiny bottle of rubbing alcohol, oh and a pocket knife too… so it could be your mini travel along survival kit ;)

    8 years ago
  22. I would put chicken or tuna salad in one side and some grape tomatoes (those go in the divided section) and then sesame crackers in the other part. Yum! Then I could use my mini fork and spoon to eat them all (say it with me now) Togerder!

    8 years ago
  23. I would be packing it with grape flavored wax mustaches. They only come out here in October around Halloween and I L<3VE them =P My favorite is Mr. Stache on his package it says- The chewable disguise! Play now, chew later!!! lol 

    8 years ago
  24. Happy Togerder lunch box would obviously only hold peasants, as this is the only lunch box used by TROGDOR. (It wasn’t mixed up English for “together” but Engrish for “Happy Trogdor”)

    8 years ago
  25. OK… NOW  I KWON WHY KOREAN GIRLS ARE SOOOO SKINYY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! , THEIR  LUNCH BOXES ARE TO SMALL.. I CAN EAT LIKE 4 FOR MY LUNCH…:P

    8 years ago
  26. I would put………FOCCACIA FOCCACIA!!! Its so derishous!!!!
    and…..a GIANT CARTON OF MILK!!!! (Yes. It will fit. I think those lunch boxes are like the tardis they are bigger on the inside)

    (PS-youtube subscriber gigiowls89)

    8 years ago
  27. I would make miniature kimbap and miniature geranmari to put in the miniature bento box. And then I would tactfully pack a real meal into a real lunchbox that would actually carry enough food for me to get through my workday.

    8 years ago
  28. I would put in some yummy kimpap!!!! what can I say, I love the stuff… I’d fill the whole thing with kimpap and forgo the utensils. Too bad it doesn’t have cute mini chopsticks.

    8 years ago
  29. I would make a little bear out of rice for the lunch box.  Then there would be 2 bears.  That way the bear on the box and the bear made of rice would be Happy Togerder!

    8 years ago
  30. Have you been to the Cheesecake Factory?  Whenever my family drives down to the US, I can’t even finish HALF of anything there, it’s so ginormous.

    8 years ago
  31. I would pack my bento lunch box with rainbows and unicorns, which I would then eat to give me man strength. 

    8 years ago
  32. Well I’d put some salad with little cherry tomatoes in the first compartment & canned tuna after stripping it of all it’s oil & it’d fill the other one with brown rice and fried spicy chicken since I’m dieting at the moment. SNSD Style!~ Like a FAN~ :))

    8 years ago
  33. I was trying to think what to fill it with, and then I realized the box wouldn’t stay in my possession long enough for me to use it.  My 4 yo daughter would find it and take it. She would fill it with lovely tasty treats like her vitamins that she wants to keep for later, the cheerios she thinks will make a good snack, but will never eat, half of her candy (she actually saves candy to eat later. I didn’t think such a thing existed) plus a few treasured rocks, acorns, and the magnets from my fridge to fill in the cracks.

    8 years ago
  34. hahaha ur comment about cultural shock in ur homeland kinda made me giggle xD after living in korea for more than 3 years, u’ve become more koreanish maybe heh xD

    anyways – bento box~!! *o* i sooo loved them too in every anime i’ve watched. it’s so much better than just a sandwich wrapped in a paper… and looks so nice *o*

    what i’d put there…?? guhehehehe BIGOS for example ha~!! cuz this is the only thing made of cabbage, that i actually like. so when mom makes it, i’m like GIMME TO MEEEE WANNA MOAAAAR *O* good, that it usually takes 2-3 days to eat all cooked pot, so i can eat as much as i like hehe xD so, taking some as my lunch would be osom P:

    8 years ago
  35. In Hong Kong, we have bento boxes as well. :)

    8 years ago
  36. Every single day i can’t wake up early for my lessons and i am always in a hurry!! That’s why i don’t have time to eat and make sandwich the previous day to take it with me!! I wrap it in a foil like my mother did 10years ago-.- BUT is time for some change ^-^

    What do you think for cutting it into triangles or square pieces and put it in the lunch box?? I could also cut some fruits in the other layer or vegetables and not in my sandwich wich is watery later :(I cross my fingers for NO more noisy stupid foil and watery sandwich!!

    8 years ago
  37. To be extremely honest, when you guys said Happy Togerder, I right away though of Gerber baby foods.
    So yeah, I think Gerber baby foods belong in there…?
    gerder sounds similar to gerber :o

    8 years ago
  38. OH OH! I would squeeze in T.O.P in that cute little box and eat him! <3 ^_^

    8 years ago
  39. Since its Japanese, I would put onigiri with cute faces drawn on with sauce~ ^^

    8 years ago
  40. I would put some rice with a panda bear shape in it, and some ketchup in the container with some salad (separately not salad and ketchup together, that’s weird).  That way I can enact my revenge on evil pandas: I’d act like it was my little baby and feed them lettuce (like it’s bamboo), until all the lettuce is gone, and then….I’D EAT THE PANDA USING KETCHUP FOR BLOOD!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, because that’s what pandas do.  They eat their children if they get too hungry when they’re hiding in a cave nursing them for a year.  Honestly, food is always better with a vicious little story to go with >=D
    (and if you can’t tell I have a thing against pandas)

    8 years ago