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Egg Salad Sandwich Bento たまごサンド弁当

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I am usually pretty good at organizing and following my constantly updated to-do list.  But once in a while life does get overwhelmingly busy and I fail to plan ahead especially when juggling too many things at the same time.  What ends up happening is I call my husband at the office asking him to meet me and the kids at a restaurant for dinner at last minute.

One of the drawback of not cooking dinner at home is that I don’t have “leftover” to pack for my son’s bento (lunch box) the next day.  I try to save some leftover in freezer for emergency like these, but sometimes no luck.  On those days, easy sandwich comes in handy.

Now for those living in the States, peanut butter and jelly sandwich might be a common menu for children’s school lunch.  However, both of my children always preferred hot panini sandwich than typical soft bread sandwich like these.

Egg Salad Sandwich Bento | JustOneCookbook.com

The turning point was when we were in Japan last April.  My mother love bakeries and we often visited many local bakeries to pick up fresh bread.

My children really enjoyed fresh baked bread from Japanese bakeries and they especially loved Egg Salad Sandwich, or we call it Tamago Sando (たまごサンド).  Japanese sandwich usually uses crust-less white bread slices, probably from British influence.  Compared to typical American egg salad sandwich, Japanese version is very simple – there is no celery, chives or green onions.  The eggs are seasoned simply with Japanese mayonnaise, salt and pepper, and sugar.

Now speaking of mayonnaise, I receive several questions from some of you about Japanese mayonnaise.  What’s the difference from regular kind?  Well, you can read more about it here.

My son loves this Egg Salad Sandwich and this menu is now one of my favorite backup bento plan.  I hope you will give it a try and enjoy this simple egg salad sandwich!

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Egg Salad Sandwich Bento
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Serves: 1 sandwich
  1. Make a hard boiled egg on the previous day to save time in the morning.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the boiled egg with a fork.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp. of mayonnaise and mix well. If it's not moist, you can add ½ Tbsp. more.
  4. Season with salt and pepper (and sugar if you like). I like to add salt and pepper a bit more than what I usually add to give good flavor.
  5. Spread the egg mixture on top a piece of bread and put another slice of bread on top.
  6. (Optional) Cut off the edges of the bread. Japanese sandwiches usually don’t have edges.
  7. Cut the sandwich into 2-3 parts depending on the bento box size.
  8. Pack the sandwich in bento box and put some fruits and vegetables in the empty space.
A little bit of sugar is a typical ingredient for Japanese egg salad, but I usually don't add it.

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This lunch is for my 6-year-old son.

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  • Hari Chandana March 13, 2013, 10:09 am

    Lovely pictures :)

  • Kate @ Kate from Scratch March 13, 2013, 10:10 am

    So adorable, as always. Great solution for a fast fix. Nicely done.

  • Eri March 13, 2013, 10:14 am

    So simple and so cute, I love it Nami!

  • amelia from z tasty life March 13, 2013, 10:35 am

    another bento my son would love!

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen March 13, 2013, 10:41 am

    What a coincidence! I just boiled some eggs for my lunch and now I’m craving this egg salad sandwich after reading your post. Our own version is similar to yours, too – quite simple with just mayo, salt and pepper. But I love the bread you used and removing the crusts is just perfect. Thanks for sharing this great, easy sandwich idea, Nami!

  • Lail | With A Spin March 13, 2013, 10:47 am

    Simple and easy recipes are live savior for busy days.

  • donna mikasa March 13, 2013, 10:59 am

    Tamago Sando would probably be my “go to” lunch–mainly because I LOVE Kewpie mayonnaise! Those panda picks are so adorable! I’ll check out the lunch box site.

  • La cocina de Vero March 13, 2013, 11:02 am

    Hi Nami, thanks for visiting my blog. The tsukemono we usually find in Miami is Niitakaya.
    Thank you too for introducing Lunch-a-Porter to me.
    I love to eat this kind of sandwiches when I go to Japan, their bread and the mayo is really different. Oooh, that thick bread, for a tosto-tamago ;-) And about the Japanese mayo, is the only one we always have at home. Love it. Thanks god we can buy it in our city.

  • Shema George March 13, 2013, 11:06 am

    Love the presentation of your bentos. Lovely looking egg sandwich. I agree with you about the drawback of eating dinner out – no leftovers :(

  • Coffee and Crumpets March 13, 2013, 11:23 am

    I would love this bento for myself! I love egg salad on soft bread and I like it simply done like yours. Delicious!


  • Rosa March 13, 2013, 11:24 am

    Egg sandwiches are so regressive and delicious!



  • Nobuko March 13, 2013, 11:33 am

    Hi Nami,

    Your egg sando bento looks great. My kids also loved this type of sandwich while we were living in Japan. I never thought of giving them the same here in Canada, but now i will try it! Also, many Thanks for mentioning my site!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 13, 2013, 11:38 am

    I think lunch is more fun when it comes in a bento box :).

  • CCU March 13, 2013, 11:41 am

    What another delicious bento :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Anne @The Cooking Campaign March 13, 2013, 11:52 am

    Adorable! I love egg salad and would love to try this!

  • Kate@Diethood March 13, 2013, 1:01 pm

    Goodness, that’s the prettiest lunch box, ever!! And those pandas… WANT!! SO CUTE! :)

  • Belinda @zomppa March 13, 2013, 1:19 pm

    Mmm a classic sandwich but somehow you raised it’s attractiveness levels!

  • Raymund March 13, 2013, 1:32 pm

    You made this egg salad really look fancy, love it

  • Valeria March 13, 2013, 1:37 pm

    Simple, delicious and cute! :)
    I love japanese mayonnaise!!<3

  • yummychunklet March 13, 2013, 1:47 pm

    What a cute bento! It’s been forever since I’ve had egg salad.

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs March 13, 2013, 1:56 pm

    Awww kewpie – that’s my favorite mayo. So simple and yet looks so delicious (and neat!). I’d love to have this too (and go shopping, lol).

  • tigerfish March 13, 2013, 2:19 pm

    Even when it is as simple as an egg salad sandwich,you make it look so tantalizing!

  • albertocook March 13, 2013, 2:23 pm

    I love this!!!

  • john@kitchenriffs March 13, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Great job, as always. And lovely pictures. There’s a lot of be said for making a simple, straightforward egg salad like this one. Good stuff – thanks.

  • Monica March 13, 2013, 2:47 pm

    Hi Nami – I’m so glad to discover your blog. I love Japanese food and drool over Japanese cookbooks; it’s great to find a blog with Japanese recipes in English! I love a basic egg sandwiches and these look terrific. I’ve seen the Japanese mayonnaise before but never realized what it was! We shop at Mitsuwa sometimes here on the East Coast. : )

  • A_Boleyn March 13, 2013, 2:55 pm

    Your poor son … so deprived not getting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. (NOT!!)

    You’re such a great mommy. :)

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker March 13, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I remember having these when I was a little girl. I LOVE crustless sandwiches cut into half. These look delicious. I love Japanese mayonnaise and prefer it over American mayonnaise most of the times. Lovely post.

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet March 13, 2013, 4:07 pm

    I love this sandwich and the bread in Japan and Taiwan bakeries are always soft and fresh! Thanks for the recipe Nami I am definitely going to make this for lunch or even my breakfast because it’s so easy hehe ~

  • Dumpling Love March 13, 2013, 4:12 pm

    I LOVE egg sandwiches! I always add some cucumber to it too, to add some crunch. And finely chopped carrot! My mum loves my egg sandwiches hehe =D Which reminds me, it’s been a while since I’ve made one for her…

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today March 13, 2013, 4:12 pm

    Egg salad sandwich is very popular in Poland for breakfast or supper. We like our eggs. Since I follow your blog I know that you’re a very organized person and I love your son’s lunch box. You always prepare him a treat. And it’s good to go to a restaurant and rest a bit :)

  • Chef and Sommelier March 13, 2013, 4:38 pm

    Hi Nami! This is simple but yummy sandwich that we make regularly at home too. Yes, it tastes much better with Japanese mayonnaise.

  • Tina Driz March 13, 2013, 4:39 pm

    What’s the name brand of the mayo Nami? I do the same thing with my egg salad but have not tried with the japanese mayo yet my husband said it might taste different.

  • Suja Md March 13, 2013, 4:56 pm

    Fell in love with the lunch box sandwich..love those little popping out bears..I wish I could have been in your home!!

  • Gina March 13, 2013, 5:20 pm

    I think most kids would prefer crustless sandwiches, or at least mine did anyways. I’m sure your son was happy with this lunch. Especially with those cute pandas in there as a surprise. I hope you and the family are doing well. Of of these days I have to get down your way.

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You March 13, 2013, 5:23 pm

    Nami: Yummy!!! I love your egg salad sandwiches as well as the cute little pandas. It made me smile! :)

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz March 13, 2013, 6:23 pm

    I so know what you mean, my life and schedule is out of control right now. A nice preparedbento is nice but sometimes it does not beat a great egg salad sandwich. I’ll have 3.

  • Lynna March 13, 2013, 6:35 pm

    I love egg salad sandwiches too! I love how simple this recipe is. Ever since I discovered Japanese mayo, I only use it now!

    This is an adorable bento!

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce March 13, 2013, 6:36 pm

    Your kids are very smart…nothing better than fresh baked bread. Of course, is not easy to have at home that kind of bread, but I’m sure everybody can have that delicious egg salad…!!!

  • Mich Piece of Cake March 13, 2013, 8:39 pm

    These egg sandwiches look healthy and delicious.

  • Jayne March 13, 2013, 8:39 pm

    Ahhh…. egg sandwich. I recently made a dill egg sandwich. Just something fabulous about the creamy creamy filling! Gorgeous.

  • Eleanor March 13, 2013, 8:40 pm

    Thank you for this! I love egg salad sandwiches, but the recipe I’ve used in the past takes too much time to prepare for a quick lunch. Your recipe is perfect for when the craving for egg salad comes on, but I have less than an hour for lunch.

    • Nami March 15, 2013, 9:19 pm

      Hi Eleanor! Thank you for your kind comment! I hope you will give it a try. It’s a very simple “egg” taste with creamy mayonnaise. Hope you can find Japanese mayo too because that makes it so much better! :)

  • Shirley March 13, 2013, 9:23 pm

    The pandas are so cute!! I think the version of egg salad sandwiches I grew up with was much like yours — mine never had celery or chives or anything like that either. It’s one dish I think is best kept simple.

  • sheri March 13, 2013, 9:28 pm

    Yummy; we all love egg salad sandwiches!! Yours looks so precious lined up like that!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. March 13, 2013, 11:15 pm

    I love egg salad sandwiches and those little panda picks are sooo adorable!

  • Nandita March 13, 2013, 11:43 pm

    The sandwich looks so scrumptious. Just perfect for the lunch box :)

    • Nami March 26, 2013, 1:10 pm

      Thank you Nandita! :)

  • TheKitchenLioness March 14, 2013, 1:42 am

    Nami, what a fun post – we all get so busy at times that it seems almost impossible to manage all these food preparations on time but the idea of packing egg salad together with a turkey sandwich and some colorful veggies is a perfect lunch choice that kids always enjoy! I sometimes put left-over hard boiled and sliced eggs with mayo on the kids sandwiches and they love it!
    Have a great Thursday!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover March 14, 2013, 2:20 am

    Easy to prepare but yet full of nutritious !

  • The Ninja Baker March 14, 2013, 2:26 am

    Simplicity often makes a dish or dessert super-duper tasty. So glad you shared your Japanese classic egg salad sando, Nami-san =) The little panda are ちょう河合!


  • Lianne March 14, 2013, 3:28 am

    awww (: Your family is so lucky, especially your son who gets the cutest bento boxes for lunch! Egg sandwich has always been one of my fav since I was young and till this day, I love to stuff it in my croissant! hehe And oldie but definitely still a goodie! x

  • Muna Kenny March 14, 2013, 3:42 am

    Egg sandwich is one of my all time favorite, love this lunch box, and the pandas are so adorable :)

  • Sandra March 14, 2013, 4:56 am

    The pandas are adorable! What you call a last minute emergency lunch would be a well thought out one for some. You make every lunch and meal look like a special occasion.

  • chinmayie @ love food eat March 14, 2013, 6:02 am

    Your Bento boxes get better and better with each post!

  • Kimmi March 14, 2013, 6:26 am

    That looks like a fantastic and simple sandwich! I originally thought that the filling was scrambled eggs, but when you mentioned boiled, that seems much easier in terms of advanced preparation. And the bento-ware is very cute. =) Thanks for sharing this quick lunch bento recipe!

    • Nami March 15, 2013, 9:24 pm

      Hi Kimmi! That reminds me – my mom also made the sandwich with scramble eggs! Wow how could I forget about it. I need to make that really soon and evaluate which one is actually faster. :D Thanks for your kind comment. Have a lovely weekend! :)

  • Monet March 14, 2013, 7:24 am

    Egg sandwiches are so easy…and so good. I love making them on a day when there is nothing else in the fridge (we always have eggs!) And my goodness, don’t I just adore those little panda bears! What a fun way to make lunch more adorable. Thank you for sharing!

  • Baby Sumo March 14, 2013, 8:01 am

    Simple and nice – we like making egg sandwiches when we have picnics too :)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 14, 2013, 8:28 am

    This is always the sandwich that I pick first out of a platter! It looks delicious and how cute are those pandas? :P

  • wok with ray March 14, 2013, 9:43 am

    I love how you remove the sides of the bread. It brings back a lot of good memories when my mom used to do the same. This is probably not the last time I am going to mention this here — your kids are very lucky to have a very loving mom like you. Simple bento but full of love. :)

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking March 14, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Simple, delicious and perfect for any kid. I never tried Japanese mayo, sounds Delicious and not as heavy. I love your new bento box too, looks so cute. Got to check to see what I can find for my kids. I know they would love it!

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen March 14, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Yum, my favourite picnic sambo, Nami.

  • Natasha @ The Cake Merchant March 14, 2013, 12:55 pm

    This is how I like my egg salad, without all the extra stuff. I took egg salad sandwiches with me almost every day when I was in school. I love the lunchbox and the little pandas!

  • Kelly March 14, 2013, 2:24 pm

    Egg sammies are literally my favorite go-to lunch, I can’t wait to try yours! Perfect portions!

  • GourmetGetaways March 14, 2013, 7:13 pm

    What a cute lunch. I have two little children who would love a lunch like this! I love how the bread cuts neatly into three pieces to fill the bento box perfectly. I will duck over to the sponsor and check out the collection :)

  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen March 14, 2013, 7:53 pm

    I’m fascinated by this Japanese mayonnaise! I wonder if it is something like Miracle Whip which is definitely sweeter than mayo. I love a basic egg salad sandwich. This is the cutest little school lunch ever!

  • kat March 14, 2013, 9:57 pm

    so easy and delicious :)

  • Marianna March 14, 2013, 11:04 pm

    Nami-san, I have only recently discovered your blog and I LOVE IT!!! Great recipes and photography!! I live in the UK, so sourcing some ingredients can be difficult, not to mention pricey. Thanks for coming up with alternatives for some of the condiments that are vital to achieve that authentically Japanese taste. I bought some konniyaku a week ago but have no idea what to use it for. Any suggestions? Marianna

    • Nami March 15, 2013, 9:28 pm

      Hi Marianna! Thank you for finding my blog, and welcome! :) I’m happy to hear you enjoy my recipes already. I’m glad the alternatives I mentioned helped. I’m still (yes still….) working on the Pantry page and hope to improve it so readers can utilize the page better.

      Regarding konnyaku, I have only three recipes that I used so far on my blog:


      I highly recommend tonjiru. I need to update that picture, but if you enjoy miso soup, this is my most favorite miso soup. :)

      Hope this helps!

  • MnYfoodtalk March 14, 2013, 11:52 pm

    When I saw your sandwich, I remember the one I ate in Thai Airline. They provide sandwich and it is delicious.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 15, 2013, 12:01 am

    Japanese mayo is the best! My mother swore on it since I was a kid. And this egg salad looks amazing. You’ve cut them up so perfectly, almost too perfect to eat!

  • Bams Kitchen March 15, 2013, 12:57 am

    I see you are almost out of your Japanese mayo.. Oh ohhh… That would be a full alarm emergency in our home. Great ideas for egg salad sandwiches as Easter is right around the corner. Totemo Kawaii bento box….your such a good mom. Take care, BAM

    • Nami March 15, 2013, 9:29 pm

      Hehee! You noticed it! I was shocked to find out it was almost gone. Poor kewpie mayonnaise… :)

  • Aruna March 15, 2013, 2:02 am

    Dear Nami San,

    I really love your site especially to cook Japanese food for people like us who just love it. My family love the food and have made a point to have any kind of OIWAI in a nearby Japanese restaurant.

    Like your TAMAGO SANDO, I also make potato sandwich in a similar manner and pack a mixture of egg sandwich with potato sandwich which enlightens my kids lunch box.

    I would love to know how to make okhonomiyaki so that I can serve my kids with the same.

    Thank you

    • Nami March 15, 2013, 9:33 pm

      Hi Aruna! Thank you so much for your kind words. :) I’m happy to hear you enjoy my recipes. I do make (Japanese) potato salad sandwich too! My favorite is to put that in Japanese butter (dinner) roll. Arhhh so good! I need to make it this weekend since I now crave for it!

      Okonomiyaki recipe here: http://justonecookbook.com/recipes/okonomiyaki/

  • Orchidea March 15, 2013, 6:14 am

    This bento might be simple but it is really inviting and I would love to have it for lunch!
    In Italy when you have a picknick outside you often pack bread filled with scrambled eggs… so good. Your version of cooked eggs with mayonaise sounds really good too.

  • Sissi March 15, 2013, 6:44 am

    Nami, don’t you think that egg dishes always bring a touch of spring? You sandwiches look so cute with the panda picks and with the beautiful yellow eggs filling… Hard-boiled egg covered with mayonnaise, salt and pepper is probably the most frequent way I have eggs and I have had this combination since I was a child. I actually prepare exactly the same egg “paste” quite often (also only eggs, mayonnaise, salt and pepper, which is the way my mum did!) and sometimes add some European chives; they bring a very pleasant fresh note.
    Thank you for offering us the 15% off!

  • Ramona March 15, 2013, 7:01 am

    Now this is a bento box I can do for my children because egg salad is something that I can make too. :) I am going to try it. :0) I need to get those fun panda sticks for the fruit. :)

  • Pure Complex March 15, 2013, 7:55 am

    I haven’t had an egg sandwich in such a very long time. And boy have you brought back the memories. I LOVE this and I have to make this very soon.

  • MaryMoh March 15, 2013, 12:23 pm

    My gosh….you can even make a simple egg sandwich something to die for….haha. I just feel like wanting to eat it now. But too bad, there’s no bread and no mayonnaise….hmmm. Lots of eggs though :D

  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) March 15, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Very cool! I didn’t know there was a difference between American and Japanese Mayos, now I do!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 15, 2013, 8:03 pm

    Oh to be six again with a lunchbox like this. I love egg salad sandwiches but I always add the extra bits.. it’s the American in me I suppose. :)

  • Charles March 16, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Hi Nami, I love egg salad so much… it’s one of my favourite sandwiches, although normally I like to add watercress too for a bit of crunch and peppery flavour. I didn’t know US egg salad has funky stuff like celery inside. In England we just have egg, mayo, bit of seasoning too!

    When I was in Japan I found the must peculiar sandwiches in the 7-Eleven downstairs from my ex-girlfriend’s apartment… potato salad sandwich, and more strange than that… “strawberries and cream sandwich”!

  • nipponnin March 16, 2013, 4:16 pm

    へえー私もこのように作ります、かなり日本的だね。耳を切るのは主人から勿体無いのクレームが。でも私は聞く耳を持ちません。Just kidding! Ha ha ha. Nice pictures!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 17, 2013, 1:20 am

    My mom used to make us a lot of egg salad sandwiches for school lunches. This definitely brought back many sweet memories :)

  • Rhonda March 17, 2013, 9:24 am

    I admit I bought the Kewpie mayo at the Japanese market because it was cute, then I got addicted to it!! I love egg salad sandwiches and haven’t made them in years.

  • Alicia Ching March 17, 2013, 11:24 am

    Healthy, simple and quick! Just in time for my lunch to bring to my office on Monday! :)

    • Nami March 18, 2013, 8:53 pm

      Thank you Alicia! Oh yes quick is right, but I’m happy that it tastes really good (thank you to Japanese mayonnaise) and I don’t mind eating often. :)

  • mjskit March 17, 2013, 3:28 pm

    I’ve started buying fresh, free-range eggs from my SIL’s friend and they are the best eggs ever. Making egg salad has totally slipped my mine until now. This bento looks SO good and has given me the idea of making one for myself this week. I have to be out of the house at lunch for 3 days and supply my own lunch so this particular bento has really grabbed my interest. Thanks Nami!!! I love your egg salad and you can’t beat homemade bread!

  • Hannah March 17, 2013, 8:29 pm

    A beautiful, simple lunch, Nami! My sons love egg salad and it’s often our back-up for lunches, too.

  • Food Jaunts March 18, 2013, 9:22 am

    But do you usually keep hard-boiled eggs on hand or do they get eaten as snacks? :) I’m with you though – there’s definitely nights I’m too busy so we go out to dinner but then I have to worry about what we’ll eat the next day. My husband is gone all week at a conference and considering I’ve got some Japanese mayo and eggs in my fridge I think I know what one of my quick solo dinners is going to be – thanks!

  • Reem | Simply Reem March 22, 2013, 8:39 am

    Ok I have to tell you no matter how hard I try and trust me I have tried really hard my bentos never look this perfect..
    I seriously have to come n learn from you… My son will jump if I can pack such bentos for him.

  • Stephanie April 4, 2013, 12:46 pm

    My boyfriend doesn’t like eggs (I know, right?!), but I do! I’m going to try and make this for lunch next week. Thanks Nami!

  • Dina June 5, 2013, 5:02 am

    great idea to use Japanese mayonnaise! would like to try it.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 22, 2013, 9:39 pm

    I love that you use Japanese mayo for this! I usually use greek yogurt in my egg salad but I really want to try your version!

  • SK Chua April 13, 2014, 7:25 am

    Hi, do u mash the egg the prev. day and reheat it in the morning? How to reheat it?

    • Nami April 14, 2014, 8:05 pm

      Hi SK! Yes, you can mash the egg previous day and make into sandwich following day or even, make sandwich previous night (as long as you keep it refrigerated). This sandwich is supposed to be eaten cold or at room temperature. :)

  • Devie April 26, 2014, 10:24 pm

    Hi Nami.. is it okay to make this a day in advance? do i need to store the sandwich in the fridge after i make it? cause i dont have time to make it in the morning..

    • Nami April 26, 2014, 10:36 pm

      Hi Devie! Sure, you can make a day in advance (like previous night, preferably), but make sure to keep in the refrigerator and keep it cool till lunch time. Hope you enjoy! :)