Do you remember when you were young, and you would look forward to your lunch box? Whether there was Skittles, chips, rice, Marie crackers, or homemade meals, it was something you look forward to when it came to recess and lunch. While here in Manila, it’s usually prepared by your mom or maybe your yaya. In Japan, it was always a moms job to make sure they prepared their food and that’s how the bento was made. Bento is a single portion one take out or home-packed meal that’s common in Japanese cuisine. It’s filled with small portions of fish, meat, rice, noodles, and vegetables.
All over the world, bento making has been increasing in popularity with over a hundred books dedicated to teaching the art of bento box making.
For today’s visit to Tokyo Ice Café, we were also treated to a short bento demonstration and workshop in Bento making. Chef Takuya explains the importance of a bento box to Japanese children, it’s the meal you eat while growing up. It serves as a source of pride from your classmates when your mother makes you something special that other kids want to try it too.
For Tokyo Ice Cafés new menu they will be offering up some traditional bento boxes to the local market. It’s a nice experience to try eating these packed lunches.
Do you know what a kakigori is? Similar to our halo- halo it’s basically a shaved ice dessert served with fresh fruits, mochi, and coconut jelly. Chef Takuya wanted to bring that experience here in Manila and localize it by adding the famous Filipino Mango. The balance of the right amount of sweetness and variety in texture makes us wonder why this is the first time we’re trying this dessert.
Tokyo Ice Café takes snippets of Japanese home life and brings it here for locals to enjoy. Their new menu featuring their bentos are a sample of what they have back at home. Don’t forget to some kakigori for dessert, it just beat out bingsu in our book. And add some of the little bears to match. Kid friendly and affordable Tokyo Ice is a great addition to the Mall of Asia restaurants.
TOKYO ICE CAFE
- Location: Ground Floor, North Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
- Average Spend: 500php/2 Pax
- Store Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM
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