Start with the bento box; in this case, I use a disposable paper box.
STEP 1: Fill one half of the bento box with rice and use shiso leaves for dividing the rice and the other food.
In this case, line the bento box with a piece of waxed paper to resist leaks and then pack rice into the bento box diagonally and use shiso leaves as a divider.
STEP 2: Pack main dishes into the empty part of the bento box. Put each dish into a plastic clear bento cup to keep food flavor from mingling.
In this case, put the stir-fried pork with basil and a hard-boiled egg in the box.
STEP 3: Pack vegetable side dishes and pickles into the remaining space.
In this case, I filled the tiny empty spaces with simmered broccoli with sesame dressing and eggplant-shaped pickled zucchini.
STEP 4: Add any garnishes to finish up the bento box beautifully.
In this case, put fresh basil leaves and bird-shaped yellow bell pepper on the rice.