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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. i would totally make those super cute japanese bento’s you see on tv or in magazines!  i cant imagine how parents would have the time and patience to make those for their kids everyday!  there was a super cute picture i saw of a bowl of curry and rice balls that were made to look like a dog’s head and limbs so it was like the dog was relaxing in a tub of curry.  and he had a little umbrella that you stick in those cue fancy umbrella drinks!

    8 years ago
  2. These really are not considered a meal (to some), but I would put in those marshmallow Peeps that they sell around Easter.  What would be more cute than marshmallow bunnies and chicks covered it bright colored sugar?

    8 years ago
  3. I would put a little of everything like fruits cut in little piece, a little bit of rice, beans and sausage.

    8 years ago
  4. If I had that bento box I would put pieces of fruit and small shaped cookies or something. And Allmighty Brazilian Candy threat, Brigadeiro. I dont even know if there is brigadeiro in Canada, or US, or Korea, but I would totally make tons of money selling a single bite to everyone, cause its DELICIOUS. Its chocolate, its condensed milk, all together and taste so freaking good. All the people I met in Germany were INSANE about brigadeiro. Its our brazilian treasure and I wouldnt want to give that up if I was in Korea XD (Brigadeiro is something like this http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/brigadeiro/detail.aspx) It would be a good use of that bento box, a delicious sweet break AND way to make money. (Oh I’m such a mercenary)

    8 years ago
  5. bear paws. Y’know those cookie/cake snacks that they sell at Food Basics? That would be one side and the other side I’d put animal crackers.

    mostly because it matches the cute looking bear on the top
    and because I could always have a animal fight or something with the crackers.. :)

    8 years ago
  6. 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
  7. hhhmmmmm? i wonder how many twinkies i could fit in that box???? i could unwrap them and mash into cute bunny shapes with my food stamper. 

    8 years ago
  8. I am a University student and like many others I’m not rich, so I always make these blends of what I have at home, like cook rice and fry with eggs, tuna, onion, garlic, some unidentifiable spices and voilà, lunch.

    The thing is if I had that lunch box my lunch might look a little bit more appealing, as these mixes of whatever I have usually look really disgusting but taste like something offered in heaven. I know Simon’ll probably say “Whatever, food mixes in the stomach” but I really need to feel like I’m not eating something that looks like it was taken from a dumpster ^______~

    8 years ago
  9. In my lunch box I would put Jang Uh Gui (grilled) over rice. I am completely in love with eel and the taste of it. Truly if I had enough money I would stuff that lunch box with eel, chicken and beef and then grab one of those China AA rice boxes near lunchtime so my rice would be hot. Oh eel how I love you!

    8 years ago
  10. i’d put a protein bar in there. it’s the only thing i can think of that would fit in there and make me full. 

    8 years ago
  11. THIS BOX IS SOOOO CUUUUTEE!!!! I really want it *O*

    I would put some sweet marshmallows or chocolate cookies.Or even my mom’s made sandwiches with salmon… It’s so delicious x)!!!!!!

    8 years ago
  12. I’d probably stuff it with Freakin’ Magical Unicorn Poop http://bit.ly/p2y5xy since I don’t usually eat lunch when I go to school/work.

    Other then that, I am now totally going to start using the name Cesar Milan as a verb.  xD

    8 years ago
  13. In Singapore we barely have people bringing lunchboxes to school, only the P1 and P2 students would (which is 7 yrs old and 8 yrs old respectively). But I would put friend noodles on the top layer and cut fruits and biscuits and probably candies on the bottom layer. If there was a third layer I’d squeeze a carton of orange juice into it.

    8 years ago
  14. I so love Martina’s look. The make up, the hairstyle and the skulls :)
    This wasn’t an attempt to flatter you so I can win, right ? I just really love the style !
    I would definitely fill that box with marshmallows. I could separate green marshmallows from pink marshmallows. Someone told me marshmallows are only white in other countries. Are we french people the only one with colored marshmallows ?

    8 years ago
  15. i will put dead fingers , because it’s the onely thing that  fits into the lunch box… yes you right I’m the  spudgy mohahahaha … suprise mom !!
    anyway bye i must take care of the rest of dead body .
    xxx bye

    8 years ago
  16. I’d put fried ramen in it.  First you boil the ramen,  then drain it.  Add some of the seasonings that came with it, your favorite oil, some veggies and leftover meat from dinner, then you fry it all together.  (I fry mine until it’s a little crispy.)  I also mix in and scramble an egg with it, and ta da!. Tasty quick 5 to 7 min lunch.  Sometimes I like to mix it with rice.  It’s pretty filling, and yummy.

    8 years ago
  17. I would pack sushi , some of them have like tons of wasabi ,and the
    other one’s are normal . I would eat the good one’s to make my friends
    think that the others are okay too and then give them one of the horror
    sushi ;D

    or………….. a heart of an animal to scare the
    shit out of people xDD

    8 years ago
  18. well i make home made steamed buns so i would put that in there and some spicy rice cakes cuse i love em!! i dont know if the fork would work for the rice cakes though………… ya im to normal to think of crazy food to put in them so all i can do is try!

    8 years ago
  19. Rice, Kimchi, Cookies, and other things.

    8 years ago
  20. hello! recently found your blog (and already commented on another entry) but today was my first time watching one of your videos, and i just wanted to say that you guys are really funny! i really like your chemistry together.. (togerder?) you crack me up…  also, props for the khal drogo references… lol.

    i want to see you guys do a Canadian K-pop survey!

    actually fun (weird?) fact… my little sister… who is 12… who lives near Quebec City… who cannot even speak English… is in love with the korean boyband Shinee…. htf she found out about them is beyond me, but i just find it incredibly hilarious… so i am curious at how many more random whities you could find who actually love k-pop (or maybe you could convert a few?)

    anyways, have a nice trip!

    oh and i totally had a Carebears lunchbox when i was a kid! it was pink! XD

    8 years ago
  21. the most appropriate food for a lunchbox like that would be basically a little bit of everything! a balanced diet :D a rice portion in the biggest middle part. a portion of veggies and some meat at the very bottom where they have that separator! and you use the semi fork to pick up your cut up veggies. and you use the spoon to eat your meat and rice togerder :p 

    8 years ago
  22. Korean Lunch Box = 도시락 (Do-Shi-Rug)

    8 years ago
  23. I would make pedo bear shaped sticky rice and give it to my ex boyfriend because he’s terrified of it! (Or put it in his locker and creep on him! HEHEHEHEEHE) Or I would put my amazing stash of asian candy in it & my insulin for school. Im diabetic so my asian candy stash is for low blood sugar & I wont have to carry a boring ol’ pencil case for my insulin =_= . And I would totally love the poor fork that Simon hates so much! It will have a good home with me! ANGRY BIRD! 
    Im Desarae, and my youtube account name is KpopBishFoever, and my Facebook is Desarae Elizabeth Anderson. xD Okays! LUV YEWH GUISE & SPUDGY!

    8 years ago
  24. 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.

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

    8 years ago
  26. 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~

    8 years ago
  27. A sardwuich and a sarlad.

    8 years ago
  28. 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… 

    8 years ago
  29. 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.

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

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

    8 years ago
  32. 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 !!

    8 years ago
  33. 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!!

    8 years ago
  34. In the US they have more manly versions of this. 

    8 years ago
  35. 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<

    8 years ago
  36. 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…

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

    8 years ago
  38. I’d put a better fork in it.

    8 years ago
  39. 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~!

    8 years ago
  40. 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

    8 years ago