Hong Kong restaurant’s ingenious takeaway BBQ bento with built-in grill garners raves from Japan

Screengrab of Twitter account fallindebu’s post showing a takeaway BBQ bento.
Screengrab of Twitter account fallindebu’s post showing a takeaway BBQ bento.

With the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong now, many are opting to avoid restaurants and ordering in instead. But despite the plethora of delivery options, there are certain restaurant experiences that are impossible to replicate at home, like savoring freshly grilled beef at a Japanese BBQ restaurant.

That is, until now. A Hong Kong restaurant called Bento-Yaki has come up with an fuss-free Japanese BBQ takeaway box that comes with a built-in grill. Its innovative design has even garnered the attention of a Japanese food celebrity.

In a Twitter post, which has since gone viral among many Japanese-language speakers, the celebrity shared photos of the yakiniku bento box, saying how he had never thought of such an idea.

He also shared a link to a Taiwan-based website talking about the ingenious invention.

A commenter replied with a video showing how to use the bento box grill.

Another said it looked delicious to eat the takeaway meat while it is still hot.

But some commenters said they had hygiene concerns.

Some worried about food poisoning from the raw meat and rice being placed in the same box (although they do come in separate compartments with plastic covers), while others expressed concern about the raw meat not coming with an ice pack.

Some also said they were worried about the burning fuel being not hot enough to cook the meat thoroughly.

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