Soboro Bento

There are so many bento options in japan, but I have to say soboro bento is probably one of the most popular ones.  I remember I was so happy to see the bright yellow, green and brown color when I opened a bento box as a child!  Here in America, I often make this for a special occasion like a family picnic or outdoor party rather than as an everyday school lunch option.  Anyone who tries this will just love this flavor harmony!

Yield: 4-5

Sober Bento

Sober Bento


  • Chicken soboro (see see the note below for the recipe)
  • Egg soboro (recipe follows)
  • 1/4 lb snow peas, blanched and thinly sliced
  • cooked rice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon mirin
  • 2 teaspoon sake
  • pinch salt


    Heat a skillet and add all the ingredients over medium heat. Stir with a few sets of chopsticks as shown in a photo below to break up the meat, and cook until all the liquid is absorbed and almost dry.
    Turn off heat and set aside to let it cool.


I am originally from Japan and have been living in the US for about 20 years. Over the past 20 years I have traveled to many different parts of the world, seen different cultures, and tasted all kinds of interesting food. In between I studied anthropology, art and interior design. I currently live outside Boston and I teach cooking in continuing education programs and at home. I also take on freelance interior design projects. I hope you enjoy the blog! Yoko

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