My objective for sharing this list is two-fold. One is the hope that someone might be inspired enough to start making their own visually appealing baon as well. The other is to be able to concretize (even only to myself) why I am doing what others might deem to be a very labor-intensive and needless activity.
1. Portion control – Packing a complete lunch in a small space may be a bit challenging, but it has the automatic feature of limiting the amount of food you can put in. Instant diet helper! I just make sure to choose the correct size for my bento box. Here’s a good guide if you’re interested.
2. Creative outlet – I am not a very creative person; I don’t draw, sing/dance, or play any instrument. But in making baon bento-style, I can unleash my (hopefully formidable) creativity to come up with visually tasteful meals.
3. A way to deal with my kid’s picky appetite – My daughter is a very picky eater, and is very difficult to convince to eat anything. However, I have discovered that she will eat food that she thinks is cute (hearts, pink, octopii, etc.). Bento making is the perfect avenue for her to eat well and healthy.
4. Lunch time is fun time – Because I know that my food looks good, I look forward to lunch time when I can finally open my baon.
5. Save money – This is actually related to #1. Not only am I able to control the portions that I eat, there is also the added benefit of being able to save money. By carefully planning my meals for the next week or two, I am also able to spend efficiently and save money in the long run.
This has been my lunch one Saturday. I couldn’t wait for lunch time to open it. How was I able to resist? I ate a pretty good breakfast of cereal and bananas.