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Bento supplies/boxes in town?

foxspirit Sep 21, 2009 09:03 AM

Looking for a place that will sell as big as possible a variety of both the little gadgets and such to make bento boxes as well as the boxes themselves. Any ideas for me? Anywhere around MA is fine. If the selection is good I'm happy to make a trek there.

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  1. kobuta RE: foxspirit Sep 21, 2009 09:37 AM

    I'm not sure what you mean by gadgets, but they sell more modern bento boxes at the store in the Kam Man 'mall' in Quincy. If you're looking for a nice traditional looking one (as used in Japanese restaurants), then I'm not sure where you can get them here. Never seen lacquered bento boxes here. If you're looking to make bentos for yourself or family, they have tons of cute or simple ones at the Kam Man store. Do note that bento boxes are not meant to be microwaved, so many are not necessarily microwave safe.

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      foxspirit RE: kobuta Sep 21, 2009 11:19 AM

      Thanks. I'll check that out. By gadgets I mean like the little punches that punch of faces from seaweed or the molds that cut hot dogs and things into cute shapes and pressed eggs to look like stars. Those sort of stuff.

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        kobuta RE: foxspirit Sep 22, 2009 07:03 AM

        Yeah, unfortunately, haven't seen those gadgets. Might want to try the new Japanese market in Brookline Village, or the new soon-to-be opened one in Medford Sq.

    2. jgleeche RE: foxspirit Sep 21, 2009 11:45 AM

      There is a small selection of cute sushi making stuff/bento boxes at the Japanese gift shop in the Porter Square mall. I don't think they have the gadgets you are describing, though. I think jbox.com has a lot of good stuff. http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/

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        noodlely RE: foxspirit Sep 22, 2009 09:42 AM

        Kam Man used to have a huge supply of Bento gadgets and boxes. Though they have a really limited supply right now (unless they restocked suddenly?). I usually end up buying my supplies online. Good luck!

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          krazykid RE: foxspirit Sep 22, 2009 09:06 PM

          You can try on-line. Korin has a pretty good selection based on their web site:


          For molds and cutters, you should try and look for some cookie cutters that suit your needs.

          1. galangatron RE: foxspirit Sep 23, 2009 09:28 AM

            i have seen plastic red and black bento boxes in the housewares section of reliable market in union square somerville

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              serenitysoap RE: foxspirit Oct 25, 2009 07:19 AM

              Ebay has the best selection of Bento boxes anywhere. Some sellers are from Japan, most from California and everywhere else.

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                robertlf RE: foxspirit Oct 25, 2009 08:28 PM

                Try the Japanese Culinary Center in NYC.


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                  joebloe RE: robertlf Oct 26, 2009 03:21 AM

                  Foodpak Express (huge Asian restaurant warehouse) at 120 Southhampton St. No membership needed.

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                    grant.cook RE: joebloe Oct 26, 2009 04:09 PM

                    So if you aren't a restaurant type, you just pay a retail price versus a wholesale price? I drove past there a while back and it seemed to indicate members only..

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                      joebloe RE: grant.cook Oct 26, 2009 05:54 PM

                      At check out just tell them you have no membership and they will charge you about 15-20cents extra an item. Under all the shelves there are two price listed 'member' and nonmember'. You can get membership with any biz license, not necessarily food service. Most but not everything is cheaper than supermarket retailers.

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                        noodlely RE: joebloe Nov 17, 2009 09:01 AM

                        thanks for the info! I definitely have to check out this place.

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                  Zatan RE: foxspirit Oct 26, 2009 04:33 AM

                  I agree with Ebay as the best choice. It's fun to browse a brick-and-mortar shop if they have a good selection, but I doubt that any will have the sheer variety that you'll find online, and it's probably cheaper on ebay as well. I got my awesome bento lunch box there as well as several other Japanese kitchen items.

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                    teezeetoo RE: Zatan Nov 17, 2009 09:51 AM

                    i bought adorable bento lunch boxes for the grandkids on ultimategreen.com - obentec bento lunch boxes, i think they are called.

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