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Braised Pork Belly Bento | JustOneCookbook.comHappy Monday!  Let’s start the week with a bento recipe!

Well, I know my post today is a bit later than usual but the site was experiencing some technical issues last night and the post got delayed.  If you are trying to search on my blog right now, it’s not available at this time.  My husband and I will fix it soon and I’m sorry for the inconvenience.  If you are curious what happened, 2 ip addresses spammed 5,000 comments and basically crashed my site and corrupted my database for 5 hours last night.  :(

As Mondays are my son’s minimum day at school, I get a break from making a bento lunch.  However, even when he comes home for lunch, he sometimes would request that I make a bento for him.  I’m happy to see he is enjoying Japanese bento culture.

Previous Dinner was:

Braised Pork Belly (Kakuni)!  We loooove this pork belly dish very much.  I have to admit that it does take some time to make it, but the result is so worth it.

Braised Pork Belly (Kakuni) | JustOneCookbook.comLunch Next Day:

Braised Pork Belly Bento |

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Braised Pork Belly Bento
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Serves: 1 Bento
  1. Fill up half of bento box with Japanese rice. Let it cool so that hot/warm rice will not warm up other cool food.
  2. Reheat leftover Braised Pork Belly in a frying pan until it's warm thoroughly.
  3. Pack cooled Braised Pork Belly in a silicone cup and put in bento box.
  4. Put Tamagoyaki and broccoli in the bento box.
  5. Wash tomatoes and pat dry. Place nicely in the bento box.
  6. Sprinkle furikake on top of rice.
  7. Cool down completely before closing the bento box.
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* This lunch is for my 6-year-old son.

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  1. I would ask for a bento lunch, too, if it looked like this. I love all your pork belly posts (well your posts, in general). :)

    Sorry to hear about the technical issues. I’d be pulling my hair out if that happened to me. Hope everything is back to normal soon.

  2. Hi Nami,

    Oh this can be my favorite bento box with the braised pork belly.

    Sorry to hear about your blog and I know it is not easy to repair what damage these these spammers will do. I hope you fully get back online soon. Take care.

  3. So sorry to hear of your site crashing and the technical issues you had. What a pain! Hope everything is back to normal with you? This braised pork belly was hard to resist when I saw it in my In box just now. How delicious! Even if I’m not making lunchboxes anymore, I can still do this for my family and they will go wild when I say pork belly. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Nami & Happy Monday! Thank you too, for the amazing comments you gave me when you came to blog-visit. So nice of you to always support me :-)

  4. I would love this bento! I can’t get enough braised pork belly. It’s so delicious. I’ve never tried to make it home, only ordered it in restaurants. I hope you’re having a great week Nami! :) (And I can’t believe someone spammed you that many times! Glad you got it all worked out.)

  5. Dear Nami,

    Your site seems to be working fine now, nothing that Shen can’t fix :)

    I think your son would be the envy of all his friends with this delicious pork belly bento. When I was a kid, I never liked pork and now I wonder what the problem was!!

  6. Kids that eat well are happy, healthy and lucky kids, aren’t they? :) And it is always good to have homemade delicious lunch made by mommy.

    Hope your site is working well right now. I don’t seem to hv any problems accessing at this time so I believe all is in place?

  7. I would request a Bento box every lunch too. The prok belly looks amazing. I hate eating anything fat. If there is a little white stuff on a prok chop or steak I cut it of. Pork belly is the exception to the rule. Wow sorry about that crazy spamming.

  8. Oh that’s horrible for people to do that to your blog :( I really hope you fix it soon but don’t lose sleep over it :) We’ll be patiently waiting for you to come back ~ Gosh I am so jealous of your son to have the chance to eat this delicious pork belly bento box! My mother would have never made it for me hehe

  9. Jayne

    That pork belly! Loving the layers and how the flavours seeped in to turn everything brown and yummy. Must be melt-in-the-mouth tender.

  10. Exactly samething happened with my blog last month Nami. 1 ip address made 7000 hit n just crashed my site… my host provider has set a rule that if any ip address is trying to leave more than certain amount of comment they blog it… may be you wanna ask your hosting service n see if you can do this.
    Lemme me know if you need any specific info about how they did…

  11. I’m so sorry to hear about your computer dramas, Nami. That’s so awful. What a drama for you. I love pork belly. This looks amazing. Your son is blessed to have such a lovely bento box xx

  12. I’m sorry to hear that you have some technical problems. It sounds scary… but I’m sure you will be able to fix this soon.
    I love pork and braised fatty pork (belly or ribs) are my beloved dishes. I haven’t tried yet kakuni, but I have been meaning to prepare it for such a long time. Thank you for reminding me! Actually not only are your bentos beautiful and inspiring, but they are excellent reminders of your previously posted recipes! It’s really a great idea.

  13. Another lovely bento! Your son is so lucky! 😉 Sorry about the site issues. I’m really not understanding the deal with the spam. Even if some of it gets published (and very little of it does), it’s all so dumb! Why anyone would click on links for the weird stuff they tend to promote is beyond me, particularly since so many of the messages are basically incomprehensible. Anyway, good post – thanks.

  14. How delicious! Ryan loves pork belly, and he would be thrilled if I packed this for him one day. I’m sorry about all the technical issues. Nothing is more frustrating when it comes to blogging. I hope it all gets resolved soon!

  15. I am really sorry for the issue, and I home everything will be back to normal soon! I have been getting a lot of spam comments lately-never had that many before.

    Your bento as always look fantastic! I love the pork belly and the whole bento is put very nicely together. Well done, Nami!

  16. Gah, I cannot stand tech problems, but I expect you get them more than others because your blog is so popular!

    Pork belly is already so sexy…but you make it sexier. And cute. I don’t know how that mixes but it does!

  17. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    Oh no – I hope everything gets resolved and hope for no more crash. Speaking of bento, I love having bento and always enjoy the lovely presentation. Is there a trick to make kakuni moist?

  18. I think I’ve said it before but I;ll say it again: you make the most delicious bento boxes! Some bentos are just fancy looking and cute, but no substance at all. Yours is a combination of all factors! Pork belly = YUM! Your kids must be the envy of their school cafeteria!

  19. Oh, this looks so great. What a lucky kid to have a lunch like this. :-)
    I’m sorry about your technical problems. That is no fun at all. I hope all is back to normal.

  20. Nami, filling a bento box with “pork belly” delights would make one of my kids extremly happy…a true pork dish lover and your presentation is, of course, impeccable and so very appealing to the eye!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. As usual, I am envious of your son’s lunch. :) He has to be the luckiest boy in school. And it’s great he embraces the food of your culture. Sometimes kids feel self-conscious eating things that are different from everyone else’s, but I’d swap with him in a second!