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Braised Pork Belly Bento 角煮弁当

Braised Pork Belly Bento | JustOneCookbook.com Happy 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.com Lunch Next Day:

Braised Pork Belly Bento | JustOneCookbook.com

Braised Pork Belly Bento Recipe
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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.
[Please read FOOD SAFETY TIPS.]

* This lunch is for my 6-year-old son.

Enjoy making bento!

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  • Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) March 4, 2013, 12:44 pm

    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.

  • wok with ray March 4, 2013, 12:52 pm

    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.

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen March 4, 2013, 12:55 pm

    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 :-)

  • Rosa March 4, 2013, 12:56 pm

    Tasty! I cannot resist pork belly.



  • Nobuko March 4, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Hi Nami,
    Kakuni always seemed difficult to make, but looks so good in a bento that i will try it this week!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  • PolaM March 4, 2013, 2:02 pm

    Love that pork belly! And your son must like it even more!

  • albertocook March 4, 2013, 2:06 pm


  • Minnie@thelady8home March 4, 2013, 2:07 pm

    So very sorry to hear the problem with spam. I hope things get normal back up soon. The bento box looks so delightful that even I would want one were I lived anywhere near you :)

  • Kristy March 4, 2013, 2:38 pm

    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.)

  • Ramona March 4, 2013, 2:45 pm

    Your son is so lucky. What a fantastic bento meal. :)

  • ChopinandMysaucepan March 4, 2013, 2:50 pm

    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!!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You March 4, 2013, 3:56 pm

    Hi, Nami!
    I love how you pack this lunch nicely…The pork belly look terrific!!
    I’d be happy to carry a bento like that with me. xx

  • kat March 4, 2013, 4:07 pm

    love kakuni!

  • Mel March 4, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Hi Nami
    Do you think you can make one set for me…just for this time? Loves that braised pork belly.

  • Natalie March 4, 2013, 5:26 pm

    I’ve never had briased pork belly, but I bet I would love it! I can only imagine how flavorful :P

  • tigerfish March 4, 2013, 5:35 pm

    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?

  • Dara March 4, 2013, 5:57 pm

    I am so jealous of this lunch! That pork belly looks so tender and tasty.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 4, 2013, 6:06 pm

    Oh no, so sorry about the technical issues! Your son is very smart – he knows a good lunch when he sees one ;).

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz March 4, 2013, 6:16 pm

    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.

  • Mich Piece of Cake March 4, 2013, 6:26 pm

    I really do enjoy coming to see your beautiful bentos! I would love to learn how to make such attractive ones for my kids too.

  • Kitchen Belleicious March 4, 2013, 8:01 pm


  • sheri March 4, 2013, 8:12 pm

    That is one luxurious bento for a lucky 6 year old!

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet March 4, 2013, 8:36 pm

    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

  • Choc Chip Uru March 4, 2013, 8:46 pm

    His I love this bento box my friend this looks delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  • nipponnin March 4, 2013, 9:17 pm

    なんて贅沢なお弁当だこと! たべた~い!

  • Jayne March 4, 2013, 9:47 pm

    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.

  • Reem | Simply Reem March 4, 2013, 11:31 pm

    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…

  • Chef and Sommelier March 5, 2013, 12:45 am

    Hi Nami! I could feel the love that goes into the making of this bento! Great maternal love!

  • Belinda @zomppa March 5, 2013, 3:16 am

    I loooooooove pork belly! I so wish this was in my lunchbox.

  • Hotly Spiced March 5, 2013, 4:04 am

    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

  • Sissi March 5, 2013, 4:41 am

    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.

  • Sonia aka nasi lemak lover March 5, 2013, 5:29 am

    Every day I have to delete spam emails or comment, it really take up a lot of my time. I hope your site are able to back to normal soon. Yes, braised pork belly is addictive.

  • Shema George March 5, 2013, 5:32 am

    Love the bento lunch ….wow the effort you put in to that is amazing!! the bento looks beautiful and very creative!

  • The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time March 5, 2013, 7:19 am

    I can’t ever let my daughter see your site and what you send your son to school with! She’d park her peanut butter and jelly sandwich in front of me and demand better fare. The whole thing looks absolutely delicious (especially that pork belly). I’m off to have a look at that recipe now.

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist March 5, 2013, 8:56 am

    I LOVE PORK BELLY!!!! so so so so sos much.

  • john@kitchenriffs March 5, 2013, 9:27 am

    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.

  • Monet March 5, 2013, 10:19 am

    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!

  • Kate@Diethood March 5, 2013, 12:44 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear you’re experiencing these issues with the blog :(

    That bento lunch looks SO good… that’s the kinda lunch I’d like to hang out with. :-)

  • Nik March 5, 2013, 8:04 pm

    That is one pretty and delicious looking bento! I have never cooked pork belly before but I must try to soon.

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking March 5, 2013, 8:34 pm

    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!

  • Baby Sumo March 5, 2013, 8:43 pm

    I love kakuni in my ramen… yours looks mouthwatering!

    Sorry to hear abt the spamming, I hate it when ppl leave spam comments on my blog too.

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker March 5, 2013, 8:50 pm

    Wow, that looks fantastic! I adore pork belly. Thanks for sharing, lovely post.

  • Raymund March 5, 2013, 9:40 pm

    Oh Kakuni, I made some of those before and they are so good with rice

  • Sophia March 5, 2013, 11:20 pm

    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!

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) March 6, 2013, 10:37 am

    I wished you lived with me/I was your daughter so I could eat your bento boxes every day!

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs March 6, 2013, 11:12 am

    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?

  • Sylvia March 6, 2013, 2:30 pm

    Love anything pork belly!! ;)
    Just came from your latest post so i’m glad your site has been sorted out.

  • Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings March 7, 2013, 2:40 pm

    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!

  • Baltic Maid March 7, 2013, 8:36 pm

    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.

  • TheKitchenLioness March 8, 2013, 12:19 am

    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!

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 8, 2013, 3:11 am

    Wahh that sounds like a lot of computer stress! :( Your bento looks lovely, I always love to see how you arrange them. :)

  • Orchidea March 8, 2013, 4:27 am

    Such a colurful bento as usual! Very nice!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 8, 2013, 12:15 pm

    Oh man, if only my mom packed me this bento for lunch when I was growing up!

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness March 8, 2013, 3:01 pm

    So cute and appetizing! I think this lunch box can be for any age. Anyone will be more than happy to have a lunch box like yours. :)

  • Lynna March 9, 2013, 1:59 am

    Aww…I`m sorry that you had to deal with spammers. :(

    At least you know how to make deliciously cute bento boxes!! :D

  • Shirley March 13, 2013, 9:16 pm

    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!

  • Stephanie April 4, 2013, 1:01 pm

    Pork belly is one of my favorite meats. Sadly, the boyfriend doesn’t enjoy it because he says it’s too greasy for him. =(