Japanese bento box calories

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Anyone got some suggestions on the calories in a bento box that contains the things listed in the image.

I tried googling etc but I feel all the answers I got were far too low like one was 500 calories.

Just curious if these bento boxes are actually lower calories than I thought.

I’m thinking closer to 1000 calories.

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  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 9,379 Member
    I've yet to eat a sub 1000 Bento box if everything in one is eaten. It does depend on portion sizes, amount of rice especially, dressings and sauces.

    Even with low sodium soy sauce expect a serious water weight swing.

    Enjoy the outing!
  • Marilyn0924
    Marilyn0924 Posts: 797 Member
    I'd figure closer to 1500, especially when dealing with the deep fried options.
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 9,379 Member
    edited February 2018
    I'd figure closer to 1500, especially when dealing with the deep fried options.

    i would agree.

    This is what I logged:
    Miso Soup - Miso Soup, 1 cup 84 8 3 6 998 2
    Michigan Dining - California Roll, 6 Pieces 219 43 3 5 315 2
    Crunchy California rolls, 1 pieces 44 0 0 0 0 0
    Soy Sauce (Less Sodium) - Kikoman, 5 Tbsp 50 5 0 5 2,875 0
    Organic - Spring Mix Salad, 1.5 cups 15 2 0 2 38 1
    Wasabi - Horseradish Paste With Wasabi (Correct), 5 g (1 tbsp) 15 2 0 0 29 1
    Fish, snapper, mixed species, raw, 1 ounce 28 0 0 6 18 0
    Generic - Tuna, Fresh, Raw, 1 oz (28.33 g) 41 0 1 7 11 0
    Fish, salmon, Atlantic, farmed, raw, 1.0 oz 59 0 4 6 17 0
    Usda 20445 - Rice, White, Long-grain, Regular, Unenriched, Cooked, 20 g 26 6 0 1 0 0
    Aqua Star - Tempura Shrimp, 2 shrimp & 1 tbsp sauce 115 13 6 3 350 1
    Kikkoman - Tempura Dipping Sauce (Corrected), 2 tablespoon 40 8 0 6 0 0
    Generic - Tempura Sweet Potato, 1.0 slices cooked 102 19 2 2 7 1
    Tempura - Vegetable, 3 Pieces 210 0 0 0 0 0
    Hissho Sushi - Veggie Spring Roll, 2 rolls 130 16 3 4 173 3
    Add Food Quick Tools 1,178 122 22 53 4,831 11

    for this (very small compared to ones eaten in other places) bento box:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/mSy5UuuMr8yNIFqH3

    I sent the salad back with apologies and got it exchanged for one with no dressing.

    I also ate one piece of crunchy roll someone else had ordered (not pictured), so I actually logged 1130 for the pictured items. My log does not including almost all of the rice as I only ate a spoonful, leaving the rest. Eating all of it would have probably added another ~220 calories.
  • seltzermint555
    seltzermint555 Posts: 10,743 Member
    Those sound like much larger (and more expensive) bento boxes than the ones I typically get. I think 1000-1500 sounds like a pretty safe estimate for those.

    500-700 is probably more of the mini bento that I would find for ten or twelve dollars as a lunch special...just some salad, rice, 4 pc Cali roll and pickled ginger, tiny portion of steamed edamame and a few shrimp.
  • Merkavar
    Merkavar Posts: 3,052 Member
    PAV8888 wrote: »
    I'd figure closer to 1500, especially when dealing with the deep fried options.

    i would agree.

    This is what I logged:
    Miso Soup - Miso Soup, 1 cup 84 8 3 6 998 2
    Michigan Dining - California Roll, 6 Pieces 219 43 3 5 315 2
    Crunchy California rolls, 1 pieces 44 0 0 0 0 0
    Soy Sauce (Less Sodium) - Kikoman, 5 Tbsp 50 5 0 5 2,875 0
    Organic - Spring Mix Salad, 1.5 cups 15 2 0 2 38 1
    Wasabi - Horseradish Paste With Wasabi (Correct), 5 g (1 tbsp) 15 2 0 0 29 1
    Fish, snapper, mixed species, raw, 1 ounce 28 0 0 6 18 0
    Generic - Tuna, Fresh, Raw, 1 oz (28.33 g) 41 0 1 7 11 0
    Fish, salmon, Atlantic, farmed, raw, 1.0 oz 59 0 4 6 17 0
    Usda 20445 - Rice, White, Long-grain, Regular, Unenriched, Cooked, 20 g 26 6 0 1 0 0
    Aqua Star - Tempura Shrimp, 2 shrimp & 1 tbsp sauce 115 13 6 3 350 1
    Kikkoman - Tempura Dipping Sauce (Corrected), 2 tablespoon 40 8 0 6 0 0
    Generic - Tempura Sweet Potato, 1.0 slices cooked 102 19 2 2 7 1
    Tempura - Vegetable, 3 Pieces 210 0 0 0 0 0
    Hissho Sushi - Veggie Spring Roll, 2 rolls 130 16 3 4 173 3
    Add Food Quick Tools 1,178 122 22 53 4,831 11

    for this (very small compared to ones eaten in other places) bento box:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/mSy5UuuMr8yNIFqH3

    I sent the salad back with apologies and got it exchanged for one with no dressing.

    I also ate one piece of crunchy roll someone else had ordered (not pictured), so I actually logged 1130 for the pictured items. My log does not including almost all of the rice as I only ate a spoonful, leaving the rest. Eating all of it would have probably added another ~220 calories.

    The image looks close to what I would get
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 9,379 Member
    Merkavar wrote: »
    The image looks close to what I would get
    That was in a small town in Alberta (just one or two sushi places in the whole town). In Vancouver the sashimi pieces and rolls are significantly larger, even in better restaurants where they normally tend to be smaller than in more mediocre ones.
  • Merkavar
    Merkavar Posts: 3,052 Member
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    First time ordering from these guys. Looks good. But how many calories.

    This plus a miso soup
  • yirara
    yirara Posts: 6,780 Member
    Sorry for stating the obvious but... this is a North American bento box? It's all fried andor covered in mayonnaise! I'm honestly shocked.
  • Merkavar
    Merkavar Posts: 3,052 Member
    yirara wrote: »
    Sorry for stating the obvious but... this is a North American bento box? It's all fried andor covered in mayonnaise! I'm honestly shocked.

    I dont think there was any mayonaise or atleast not covered in it. but there are other options. i just felt like curry chicken. normally i dont get crumbed chicken like this :tongue:
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 9,379 Member
    Yes, there is a lot of fried food, often in north american bento boxes!

    You do have access to a scale since you seem to have it at home :smiley:

    Probably too late now, as I hope you've already eaten it... but it would have been a perfect opportunity to at least weight the ingredients to have a better idea.

    I don't know if it is quite 1500. But it would be hitting 1K on an eyeball. Again... are you eating everything? Excluding anything? What is the upper right item and sauce?

    Sure the chicken is fried/has breading but depending on size (and oil absorbed by breading) it may be under 350 Cal. Or over. Say 200ish for rice depending on size of pile. 75 each gyoza if the are as largish as they look. Are the fish an oz each or half an oz each? Atlantic salmon farmed raw. The rolls are mainly rice... imitation crab would be only a few grams. But is there mayo in the upper two rolls?
  • Merkavar
    Merkavar Posts: 3,052 Member
    Thanks all

    Gave me a better idea of the calories involved.

    I was disappointed by the chicken. And was a little confused by the slices of melon, that’s a first for me :tongue:
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 9,379 Member
    Actually chicken looked nice! shows you how much we can't tell from pictures!