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ekiben of japan

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this is a topic i am extremely interested in, andy chowhounds out there have experience with this treats? please describe!

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  1. You're being a little overly enthusiastic if you call ekiben "treats", although certain stations are known for having better than others- usually pertaining to the local specialty. Ekiben are more custom than cuisine, though maybe people can share some tips. As for me, the most memorable ekiben was this amazing tonkatsu lunch my brother bought at Shin-Yokohama station a few years ago. Who would've guessed that Mark Twain would be back in this world as sauce on a fried pork cutlet.?.?. See links-

    http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n1...

    http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n1...

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    1. re: Silverjay

      lol silverjay that's awesome. did you put it on ebay and have the golden palace casino buy it like they did that piece of toast with Jesus on it? now to keep this on topic - did the person at the bento-ya sauce your katsu or did you put that on yourself?

      1. re: rameniac

        I can't remember, it was about 5 years ago. We didn't notice it until some time later.

    2. Here's a fun site with hundreds of pics of bento's. It's in Japanese, but all the hyperlinks lead to pics.

      http://ekiben.or.tv/

      Bento is a delightful way to sample the diversity of everyday food. A random assortment of "a little bit of lots of different things."

      1. Here's a Flicker site with pics of over 1000 homemade bento's.

        http://www.flickr.com/groups/bentobox...

          1. If you can read Japanese, there`s a book I saw in the store the other day in Tokyo that`s all about eki-ben of Japan. You can probably get it off of Japanese Amazon. I actually thought of this thread when I saw it.

            1. 2 excellent bento blogs and a fine Ekiben book (sadly out of print but findable online):

              http://www.cookingcute.com/
              http://mylunch.livejournal.com/
              http://www.amazon.com/Ekiben-Art-Japa...