Thanks again to all of our talented entrants who crafted their bento for our annual international Bento&co Chef Bento contest! Last week, the Grand Prize Final Domestic and International winners were announced; click here to see their amazing bentos!
Today, we are pleased to announce the ranking of our Top 10 Runner-Up Finalists! The votes have been tallied, and the winners have been chosen; did you favorite make the list? Our Top 10 Runner-Up Finalists will win exclusive bentos and/or accessories directly from Bento&co!
① First Place
Pau created a vibrant green bentos featuring her ultimate Malaysian comfort food! A favorite Malay street food, satay (marinated grilled meat skewers), takes the center piece, paired with onions, cucumber, lontong (compressed rice), and of course, the iconic and flavorful peanut dipping sauce!
② Second Place
Join Ching for a journey to Australia! Next to the indigenous boomerang are two iconic Australian foods; a meat pie, the perfect portable lunch, and a lamington, Australia’s national dessert. Lamingtons are small sponge cakes covered in a thin layer chocolate and desiccated coconut, with this decadent version also filled with cream and strawberries.
③ Third Place
Vietnamese is given a fresh and modern twist with Nancy’s bento! The main dish is Com Tam, also known as broken rice, served with grilled pork chops. Other delights include prawn rice paper rolls, Vietnamese egg meatloaf, and jelly made out of coconut, mango and fruit agar agar. A feast for the eyes and stomach!
④ Fourth Place
Whei showcased a traditional Malaysian dish in her colorful bento. Ketupat, rice dumplings, are made from rice placed in a palm leaf pouch that is woven tightly, and then boiled. The flavor of the leaf seeps into the rice, making it more aromatic. Accompanying the rice dumplings are satay, seasoned and grilled skewered meat, paired with a peanut sambal gravy.
⑤ Fifth Place
This bento by Annica takes us through a personal culinary map of Germany’s regional foods, with the radish compass showing the way. We start in western Germany, with waffles served alongside seasonal rhubarb and strawberry compote. Northern Germany sparkles with freshly-caught seafood and dark bread, while the pretzel takes center stage in Southern Germany. Eastern Germany rounds up the culinary delights, with the meat and potato ranking supreme.
⑥ Sixth Place
Ming’s Hong Kong bento is full of yellows and reds, auspicious colors in the Hong Kong community. Walk the streets of Hong Kong and sample some street favorites, such as curry fishball, dim sum, sweet and sour delights, fruits, and more~
⑦ Seventh Place
This super cute orangutan bento was created by Leng from @littlemissleng! She encapsulated the different flavors of Malaysia in one bento, using locally sourced ingredients. Based on Nasi Lemak, a traditional Malay rice dish, the bento contains rice cooked in fragrant coconut milk, sambal, roasted peanuts, fried anchovies, and cucumber, along with serunding, a type of meat floss, that originates from the Malaysian state of Kelantan.
⑧ Eighth Place
Ilia created a stunning Russian smorgasbord inside her bento! Including traditional dishes such as buckwheat porridge with stewed meat, and Russian marshmallows and pancakes, this bento transports you to Russia in a heartbeat!
⑨ Ninth Place
Stefanie showcases a beautiful spread of Bavarian food! Traditional sausages and sauerkraut are accompanied by mustard, and delicious potato salad. Pretzels are next to some delicious berries, while radishes and green asparagus add vibrant pops of color.
⑩ Tenth Place
Get carried off to the streets of Barcelona with Jana’s Spanish bento! Her bento mimics Spain’s typical tapas dishes, starting with the famous spicy Chorizo-sausage, tuna filled mini-peppers, fried Piementos de Padrón with sea-salt flakes, baked feta cheese, grilled meat, and more! For dessert are bacon-wrapped dates with an almond-filling, and soft Medjool dates covered with mascarpone and topped with glorious pomegranate seeds.