Heads up that the new online store for Ichiban Kan, a Japanese-style discount store with cheap bento gear and household goods, has fixed their shopping cart and is now able to take orders. I wrote about the launch of Ichiban Kan’s online store last week, with a store review and links to their shipping policies (continental US only at the moment). Their bento selection is a bit limited for now, but evidently a shipping container of bento gear is on its way from Japan.
I went through their store and made a list highlighting some of the more interesting products for the bento maker (and a product warning). They’re still adding new products (i.e. food items are not up yet); stay up to date on new developments via Ichiban Kan’s blog. (Read on for Biggie’s product highlights…)
- Lunch box sets: Including triangular onigiri bento boxes like the one that holds this lunch, elastic bento belts for two-tier boxes, food picks, sauce containers, silicon baking cups, etc. Beware the low-quality V Color bento boxes, though — the lid hinges are very delicate and break too easily (I went through two after one or two uses).
- Cooking equipment: Including $1.50 egg molds, onigiri rice ball molds, specialty plastic wraps as described in my post on microwaved thin egg sheets, etc.
- Kitchen gadgets: Including mini-mandoline slicers like the one I used to make this speedy cucumber salad.
- Food containers: I use the tiniest containers to store very small amounts of leftovers, good for bento lunches in the following days. They can also double as side dish containers.
- Storage: Including tote bags, some of which are insulated for carrying food. I used their storage baskets to reorganize my kitchen, and their storage boxes to organize bento accessories on top of my microwave.
- Kitchen organizing: I use their refrigerator trays to keep things organized and accessible, and magnetic baskets to store garlic and shallots on the side of my refrigerator. They’ve had more organizing stuff in the retail store; I hope they add to this section going forward.
- Cleaning products: Including narrow little soft brushes for cleaning the groove under the packing strip of watertight bento box lids (described in my post on how to care for your bento gear, but you could also just use a soft-bristled toothbrush).
Disclaimer: Believe it or not, I have no commercial affiliation with Ichiban Kan.
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