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Jul 5, 2009 08:08 PM

Ekiben of the year


Don't let Uncle Yabai see the tonkatsu sandos!

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  1. Mmm... The only thing I wouldn't eat is those disgusting potato smilies. Terrible pseudo-food product!

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    1. re: tjr

      Missing some great food. You gotta at least try something new once. Then you really can say that you don't like it...

      1. re: flylice2x

        I've tried them, and they are indeed disgusting.

    2. I've had the 5th place pad gai krapow. It was decent for ekiben, though not nearly as flavourful (in a Thai way) than I would have liked.

      My favourite ekiben was gyudon that had a heating element. You pulled a string, closed the lid of your box, and after maybe 5 minutes you had a warm donburi. I hate cold rice, so it was perfect.

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      1. re: prasantrin

        Hi prasantrin,

        That Gyudon with the Heating Element sounds awesome! :) Which station did you have it at?

        1. re: exilekiss

          Actually, it was special ordered by the travel agency in charge of our tour (I was on a trip with students). It's from a company based in Kobe, and you can order them online (looking at the website, I had the sukiyakidon). (They have some cool bento, including ones that come with wine!)


          It looks like you can only buy them at stations in the Kobe area.

      2. Those are some special abominations, call them abominations-squared. Cheese? Insult to injury, salt to the wound.

        1. Both the kaisen kiwami and kaisendon from Takewaka look delicious, as does the gyuniku bento from Imahan. Thanks for the link.

          1. On my next trip to Japan, where would I go about buying the “Hirekatsu to tamago no poketto sando” ekiben? I still salivate thinking about Maisen tonkatsu.