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What School Lunches Look Like In 20 Countries Around The World

Here are some pictures of school lunches from around the world. Korea clearly wins this one (Japan would have if it wasn't for that spaghetti).

  • 1. Japan

    Rice and fish make up the bulk of the menu, but some days students are treated to the kind of East-West comfort food. Source. Picture via.

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  • Spaghetti and meatballs, fries, and milk. Source.

  • Udon, cheese-stuffed chikuwa (fish sausage), frozen Mandarin orange, and milk.

  • Hot dog, bun, coleslaw, tomato, fries, and soup. Source.

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  • 2. Korea

    Most school cafeterias in Korea use sectioned metal trays and there's a standard way of filling them up. The two biggest sections are for rice, usually served with pickled vegetable kimchi and soup. Smaller compartments there's usually three of themhold side dishes of vegetables and fish. As for the beverage, kids are given little plastic bottles of sweet yogurt drink, hugely popular in Korea. Source. Picture via.

  • ixed grains and rice, stinky bean stew, mixed and fried chicken and vegetables, simmered seaweed a.k.a. steamed green beans, and cabbage kimchi. Source.

  • Kimchi, pork, bean paste sauce (sammjang), steamed cabbage, soup. Source.

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  • 3. France:

    School lunches are taken just as seriously as meals for adults. In fact, kids are served pretty much the same things adults eat. Information via Source. Picturevia.

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  • 4. Sweden

    Potatoes, cabbage, beans, cracker, Lingon Berry juice. Source.

  • 5. Czech Republic


  • 6. Italy

    The majority of Italian schools serve lunches made from organic ingredients, mostly grown nearby. The daily meal at la mensa della scuolathe school canteenis usually centered around pasta or risotto, with salad served as a separate course. Meat shows up on the menu only a couple times a week. Source.

  • 7. Singapore


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  • 8. Kenya

    Avocado. Source.

  • 9. Honduras

    Porridge. Source.

  • 10. Slovakia

    Smoked mackerel. Source.

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  • 11. UK


  • 12. Taiwan


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  • 13. Ghana

    Rice. Source.

  • 14. Chile


  • 15. Philippines

    Lechón kawali, liver sauce, rice. Source.

  • 16. Estonia

    Potatoes and meat. Source.

  • 17. Brazil

    Rice, Beans, Bread, Meat with vegetables, banana and alface, acelga salad. Source.

  • 18. China

    A whole fish! Source.

  • 19. Djibouti

    Rice and beans in sauce or curry. Source.

  • 20. USA


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