The Best Creation in Japan

Japan is world wide known for many of its amazing and wonderful creations; from kimono to transformers to the kinkiest sex toy.

Since the invention of instant noodle back in the year 1958, instant products have taken the world by storm and while everyone is following the footstep of Japan mass producing instant noodle, instant kuey tiao, instant porridge…etc

Japan has already taken a few steps forward by creating this brilliant invention YEARS ago - the self-heating Bento (lunch box).

step 1

I tell you, this is such an amazing invention!!!!!! A work of ART!!!

I have always wondered how lunch box heat up by itself, without the use of gas, water, fire or anything, which is why it’s called the self heating lunch box, duh~!

I once read that bento like this can trigger an exothermic reaction upon pulling a cord that can produce temperatures up to 98° C to heat up the food inside. But never have I seen one at work!

Now I am going to use this Katsu Curry Bento to show you how to cook your lunch without a kitchen or any utility. It costs like RM15 in convenient store (so I heard) but we bought it from the vending machine from the hotel so it was 900 yen (which is around RM30 or USD 9).

A vending machine. Vending Machine!! I bought my bento from a VENDING MACHINE!!!!!!!

I miss Japan. :(

Back to the bento.

First, open the box.

step 2

Take out the cold harden rice.

step 3

Place rice back into the box.

step 4

Place the layer of plastic back on top of the rice.

step 5

And the cold katsu curry packet over it.

step 6

Cover your bento box.

step 7

Pull the cord.

step 8

Leave it somewhere for it to cook.

Warning: it might get pretty hot and steamy so make sure it’s somewhere safe and secluded, aka kitchen.

But in this case there isn’t a kitchen so we put it in the toilet.

step 9

It takes 8 minutes to cook and you will know it’s done once the cord is fully reared in (you know, like those talking toys, you pull the cord and it will rear back in. “Hi, I’m Woody the Cowboy.”).

Once done, take it out with care (it will be hot). Remove the hot packet on top and stir the rice.

step 10

Then open the red packet and pour out the ingredient.

step 11

step 12

And woila! Your very own hot sizzling Katsu Curry in 8 minutes!!

step 13

Japan is such a wonderful country.


39 kissed Nicole

  1. wow! that's interesting! never heard it before. i wonder is it sold here in m'sia?

  2. looks........ ok..... but i definitely wont be paying rm30 for that! :P

  3. Jap are crazy ppl...crazily passionate. This one cost as much as a meal in a simple restaurant. Not an attractive choice.

    Cooked in a toilet! Nothing beats that. Should not complain about the price :P

  4. oooh!! that makes me so hungry!
    but wow RM30? that's a lot. But it's a really good concept! If only there were some way to make it cheaper, I'm sure it can benefit a lot of people.

  5. You are such an orang hutan!!!!!

  6. jimmy: i think the reason we don't have it is because cost of product is too high to sell it here and no one wud buy it.

    sheon: but that price is ok in tokyo i think.

    whisperer: haha... yea.. they are, which is why it's such a cool country

    hikari reika: yea... they should. i wud definitely buy one to eat they it's cheaper.

  7. d living cost in japan is ridiculous, hence d super damn exp bento... bt i think to dem its reasonable lahh... damn, nw im hungry... LoL...

  8. how come no one ask this~ How's the taste? ^.^

  9. oh yeah....its tokyo.....rm30 is considered food fit for a pauper :P

    anon: orang utan nice what? hahahah

  10. whoaaaaa thats major cool. :)i'de buy it! haha im such a sucker for canggih stuff :P

  11. oh damn
    this is definitely my first time looking at this invention. never have i even thought about it.

  12. your hands look old =|

  13. super gentleman: yea.. japan rocks

    moumeng: erm erm erm.. i also dono how it tasted like. lol

    sheon: yea orang utan is so cute

    ying ling: cool isn't it?!! :D

    genova: lol...

    anon: those are not my hands, my hands are busy taking photos.


  15. omg, this is really cool, er.. hot? Haha... I hope m'sia have this kind of things, like curry mee, nasi lemak, bubur cacar all that!


  16. Ah Nicole,

    I've seen these products on Beyond 2000 program like 15 years ago...It was initially designed for military use one... :)

    PS: Now I feel old like a dinasaur d... (^_^)"

    Chubby Chin lor

  17. Wow that's amazing! I wouldn't mind paying RM15 in a shop for it back here in Malaysia..I mean, it self heats wor ^-^ Can take it anywhere eat at anytime hot rice n curry yummy yummy hehe..

    And it's making me really hungry now >_<

  18. Side note: I would also slowly disassemble it into pieces to see the mechanics of how it works..hehe...very very interesting ^^ Did you experiment with it? or just threw it away? =(

  19. i noe how it works..hehe...under the the food they got powder and water..When u pull the triger the powder and water will mix..den generate heat..i forget wat the powder name de..

  20. wow. this is so kinda cool. thanks for the info!

  21. wahhhh nicole... hw can u duno hw it tastes?!?! lol... it would suck real bad if i pay rm30, open my bento n eat it, bt den it tastes like shiate... LoL...

  22. WAH LAU!!! Nice to eat? I'm curious on how did they get it to heat up just by pulling a cord.

  23. Nicole,

    I will for one..100% disassemble the bento rather than eating the curry. :) Interested to know how it works..

    Most probably a chemical chain reaction but to reach 100 celcius..hell it is one reactive sure that the chemical did not seep into your food.. :P

  24. How did they do that???

    Call me sakai / living in a tree house but they is totally awesome. Quite pricey but still very cool.

    REally have to hand it to the japs for coming up with stuff like that.

  25. Hi! Last night I read this entry. Then when I went to bed I dreamed of making this noodle! haha

  26. it's not katsu's more like curry rice

  27. Everything in Japan is so 'instant'. Your bento looks delicious!

  28. What beats me is why anyone choose to eat food that is chock full of preservative and artificial flavouring when you can get freshly cooked food which are cheaper too?
    Japan is not a wonderful country, they kill whales under the guise of scientific research just to satisfy their tastebud!

  29. I wonder theres an instant cotton candy as well? hmm...

  30. How nice if I'm able to get something like that here in UUM hutan... Too bad its not reusable... If it is, I think I don't mind buying it... Have to be more environmental friendlier... Hehe... Still love the porridge I blogged about...

  31. holy..! That is so coool!! Really innovative though.

    RM30.. That's pretty alright to me! I'm gonna buy one, and completely dismantle it =P


  33. wow! this is really wonderful!!

  34. wat!! how it works??
    i want to know how..??!!

  35. Wowww, nice. Is the thing reusable??

  36. My krispy kreme looks tastier. :p

  37. wow...amazing! and thanks for sharing.

  38. Love the bento. Must try the kengan water also. Let me know if anyone keen. Special invitation only.