Bentō (弁 当) means box meal. This is the snack forJapanese people when theye eat outside. It can be prepared at home or buy in specialty shops: the Bentō-ya (弁 当 屋).
Generally contained in a very nice box (Bentō-box), the Bentō, even if it is called snack-food, is a complete meal. Here is an example of Bentō:
- Rice (sometimes pasta)
- Fish or meat
- Macerated vegetables (tsukemono)
- Fresh vegetables
- Sometimes a fruit