So… let’s start this post off with a quick life update – I am going back to school! I’m going to be starting a MBA program this fall, so it’s going to definitely be a case of living the frugal life for the next year. Of course, with this change, it also brings back massive feelings of nostalgia of living the university life… only maybe without the crazy drinking (haha or maybe not?). As I have mentioned before, Edo Japan was a staple of my university days and I have a feeling that it will be back in my life on the regular very soon! Luckily, Edo Japan has some new menu options that did not exist during my undergrad, like these bento boxes.
Edo Japan has created a few bento boxes for you to consider, but the fun part is really creating your own bento box – after all they want to know what’s your bento? A few friends and I went to create our own bento boxes before a loooong visit to IKEA for some furniture shopping. Nothing says fun times in South Edmonton Common like bentos, IKEA and a quick jaunt into Ellerslie for bubble tea. As you can see below, none of us opted for the shrimp options, but it is there if you’re into that (or you know… not allergic unlike me).
I am not a fan of rice, so the yakisoba noodles are always the first choice for me and the portion in the bento box is fairly large. I know it doesn’t look like it would be that much, but I really struggled to finish. To be honest, I didn’t have super high expectations for the gyoza, but it was pretty decent and definitely something I could see myself adding as a side in my bento. The winner for me though were the dessert spring rolls – they were like deep fried apple pies in spring roll form. They were crunchy and full of apple pie filling and it was like childhood again with the cinnamon sugar on the outside. I don’t even know if any fast food joints deep fry apple pies anymore?
My friends had the chicken and sukiyaki beef bento boxes and as you can see everyone ordered the dessert spring rolls. The California rolls were probably the least favorite option that we had as it was little bland, but there were slivers of avocado and cucumber inside, which isn’t always the case with California rolls. But we would definitely recommend the gyoza over the rolls and the dessert spring rolls for sure!
The pricing on these bento boxes are not too bad with the rice dishes coming in at $11.19 and $11.39 respectively and the yakisoba at $11.79. I think it’s a pretty good bet for those late nights of studying and group projects and cheaper than what I usually have for dinner, which is a win for the lowly student budget. 😉
*Edit: Contest closed. Congratulations to Andrea W. on winning the giveaway.
Edo Japan has generously provided me with a $50 gift card to give away to one of my readers! Please see below for the ways you can enter:
- Share on twitter what your ideal bento box at Edo Japan looks like. You must tag @Argenplath and @Edo_Japan.
- Share/repost one of Edo Japan’s (@officialedojapan) bento photos on instagram and tag @Argenplath in the comments of the photo you shared.
- Follow @Edo_Japan (twitter) and/or @offcialedojapan (instagram). Please let me know in the comments below when you’ve done so with your handle(s).
- Follow @Argenplath on Twitter and/or Instagram. Please let me know in the comments below when you’ve done so with your handle(s).
- Tweet the following: I entered to win a $50 @edo_japan g/c to create my own bento from @Argenplath and you can too! #whatsyourbento. https://argenplath.com/2016/05/26/whats-your-bento-edo-japan-giveaway (1 entry/day)
- Comment below on what your ideal bento box at Edo Japan looks like. Please include a valid email address as that is how I will be contacting you if your comment is the winner.
The giveaway will end on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 10:00PM MDT.*Contest Closed*
Disclosure: I was contacted by Edo Japan’s PR agency and received a gift card to purchase bento boxes to try myself and host a giveaway, I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions on the product remain my own