What Children Around the World Eat for Lunch at School

Every country has its own standards for school meals. Some schools offer convenience food and snacks for lunch, and some cook set meals for students. The most popular meals are potatoes, rice, and a cabbage salad. There is also milk instead of fruit juice in most of the schools. We found out what school lunches around the world look like.

South Korea


The system of planning school meals in South Korea is one of the best in the world. The two biggest sections of the tray are usually for soup and rice. Smaller sections are for salads, seafood, veggies, and fruit. Thin children are given fish oil in a measuring spoon. Popular dishes: kimchi, sesame leaves stuffed with rice and covered with honey sauce, pumpkin potato soup, pancakes with green onions, pepper and octopus, and a cucumber and carrot salad.



Japanese school lunches are almost the same as the South Korean ones: hot soup, rice, poultry or fish, a salad, and milk. Students are not allowed to bring their own food to school until they reach high school. There are no vending machines in the canteens, and students don’t eat in the canteens. They put on white coats and take their lunches to their classrooms, serve at the desks, and eat there.

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