well, it isn't beautiful or cute. but i did make my first proper bento, or to use the korean term, doshirak (도시락). same lunch box, different languages.
i rinsed some herring fillets and took off the skin. then i dredged them in a mix of flour, oatmeal, s&p, and fried them in a bit of vegetable oil. the oats add a nice crispiness and more fiber. underneath the fillets is plain ol' whole wheat pasta and some vegetables. the bottom tier has a salad which i'll probably just salt and pepper at lunchtime.
to be honest i am a little anxious about taking a funny little lunch box like this to my danish workplace. the contents of this one would be familiar to them but maybe they will see riceballs and dumplings as weird among their very predictable madpakke of cheese/meat rye bread + carrot + cucumber/tomato. the only reason i am thinking about it is because once i took a packet of miso and a cube of tofu to make into soup for lunch; they looked at me like i was squeezing poo on top of some plastic toy. when i tried to explain the concept of the ingredients to them, they looked pretty strangely at me for eating soybeans two ways in the same soup.
whatever. it's MY lunch! (: