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Bento supplies/boxes in town?

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. 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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    1. re: kobuta

      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.

      1. re: foxspirit

        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. 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/

      1. 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!

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

          http://korin.com/site/home.html

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

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

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

                1. re: robertlf

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

                  1. re: joebloe

                    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..

                    1. re: grant.cook

                      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.

                      1. re: joebloe

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: Zatan

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