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xlalalala:
beyond_sushi
beyond_sushi
Japanese Recipes - More than just sushi!
Sun, Sep. 12th, 2010 09:11 pm
bento in humid countries

hi,

i'm from singapore and my country is on the super humid side.
do you think its possible to do bentos in a humid country? will food go bad?
or are there recommended recipes that wont go bad for humid countries?

are there other attributes as to why bento boxes wont go bad in japan besides weather conditions? i'm aware japan gets really humid in the summers. (no microwave ovens allowed - i.e on a picnic or pack food for later on a hike)

i'm really noobish on this. kindly advise, thank you!

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tabular_rasa
tabular_rasa
Weltschmerz-ing It Up
Sun, Sep. 12th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)

My part of Japan is definitely humid and, this year, very hot. But I've never had a problem with bento going bad, just perhaps being warmer than I'd like.

Depending on what I pack, sometimes I carry my bento in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack. It won't be cold at lunch, but it will be cooler and fresher than it might be otherwise.


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xlalalala
xlalalala
la.
Tue, Sep. 14th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)

that's nice to know! i will try the bag with an ice pack for my veg rolls :)


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_urztruly
_urztruly
_urztruly
Sun, Sep. 12th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)

hi fellow singaporean!!! i do bentos when im in my hardworking days too. food do get soggy sometimes. try tortilla rolls, sandwiches and go easy on the dressing.

or get those bento boxes with compartments, can can seperate the wet food from the dry ones, especially if youre packing rice or noodles. :)


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xlalalala
xlalalala
la.
Tue, Sep. 14th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)

hello! :)
thanks for the tips!
btw, are the rice/noodles good to eat say after 6,7 hours at room temperature?


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djlosangeles
djlosangeles
djlosangeles
Sun, Sep. 12th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)

And be careful about meat.


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xlalalala
xlalalala
la.
Tue, Sep. 14th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)

yes! i've friends who got food poisoning by eating a ham sandwich left out for a few hours.


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voidmancer
voidmancer
Voidmancer
Sun, Sep. 12th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)

If your bento isn't that airtight, it might be safe to bring food that's warmed or heated up. The way that heated food is shut in and made to wallow in its own heat (for lack of better terms) makes it spoil a lot more easily, especially rice.

On another note, putting boxed up food under direct sunlight is going to spoil it faster. O: Especially if it was already hot to begin with.

My advice is just to bring food cold if you're going to bring it until it grows cold anyway.


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xlalalala
xlalalala
la.
Tue, Sep. 14th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)

ah! no wonder i see bentos being taken out of the fridge and eaten directly. this will be something new to experience for lunch.


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seabookmonger
seabookmonger
seabookmonger
Sun, Sep. 12th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)

Yes, Japan = humid! Perhaps it's because many times the rice is mixed with a light vinegar dressing (as in homestyle chirashizushi?) or carried in the form of a rice ball (again, made with vinegared hands, little pickled umeboshi plum in the middle). I think many Japanese foods are meant to be served at room temperature and are portable for a while. This is of course not talking about meat, except for a nice piece of fried chicken (karaage) or preserved fish. Good luck!


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xlalalala
xlalalala
la.
Tue, Sep. 14th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)

thanks for the tips! i've heard about the use of umeboshi to preserve the food longer ^.^
i wonder how long they can stay portable, max 5 hours? they go to work say 7am and have lunch at 12 or 1. i find it amazing that food can last that long without going bad. just want to be on the safe side and not let my efforts go to waste :)


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xoxokristin
xoxokristin
xoxokristin
Mon, Sep. 13th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)

have you seen justbento.com?


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xlalalala
xlalalala
la.
Tue, Sep. 14th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)

what an amazing site! thanks for the intro :)


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a_foxie_smile
a_foxie_smile
a_foxie_smile
Tue, Sep. 14th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)

freeze a box of juice or milk and add to the lunchbox. It will act as an icepack, keep it cool and be ready to drink my lunchtime. If you wrap it in a blastic bag or wrap it won't make the foods wet either.


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rebecca_brooks
rebecca_brooks
rebecca_brooks
Mon, Sep. 27th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
"Cooking with Dog" Chef mentioned this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_hbPLsZvvo She said to make sure food is cooled when packing so the steam doesn't ruin the rest of the food when in the box. "n_n"


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