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Dosirak (도시락), also known as kwakpap (곽밥) in South Korea and Bento in Japan, refers to a packed meal. It usually consists of bap (Korean: 밥, cooked rice) and several banchan (side dishes). The lunch boxes, also called dosirak or dosirak-tong (dosirak case), are typically plastic or thermo-steel containers with or without compartments or tiers. Dosirak is often home-made, but is also sold in train stations and convenience stores.
Dosirak was introduced to Korea during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945). During this period, Korean cuisine adopted Western food and drink, as well as some Japanese food items such as Bento or sushi rolled in sheets of seaweed, popularized in Korea under the name of gimbap.
Home-made dosirak is often packed in tiered lunch boxes that can separate bap (cooked rice) and banchan (side dishes). The guk (soup) tier, if included, is usually kept warm by insulation. Plastic or thermo-steel containers are most common, but combinations of wood and lacquer, ceramics and bamboo, as well as other materials, are also used.
Yennal-dosirak (옛날 도시락; "old-time dosirak") consists of bap (rice), stir-fried kimchi, egg-washed and pan-fried sausages, fried eggs, and shredded gim (seaweed), typically packed in a rectangular lunchbox made of tinplate or German silver. It is shaken with the lid on, thereby mixing the ingredients, prior to eating.
Basically, rice + side dishes are representative, and a combination of rice + soup + side dishes is also possible if it is a warm lunch box.
Grain: rice, barley, etc.
Protein: meat, fish, turbulence, etc.
Fiber: vegetables, salad, etc.
Vitamins: fruits, fruits, vegetables, etc.
Although the lunchbox culture varies from individual to individual, just as tin lunch boxes and egg-coated fish sausage side dishes have become Yennal-dosirak's representative image in Korea, Japan cited octopus-shaped Vienna sausage and egg rolls as examples.
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This process was initiated during the Japanese occupation (1910-1945), when Western food and drink, such as bread, confectionery, and beer, became popular in Korean cities, and a Western-style food processing industry in Korea began. Some Japanese food items were also adopted into Korean cuisine at that time, such as tosirak (the assorted lunch box) and sushi rolled in sheets of seaweed, which was popular in Korea under the name of kimbap.
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