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Egg Salad Sandwich たまごサンド弁当

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    Simple and delicious Japanese egg salad sandwich with mayo, salt, and pepper. Pack the sandwich neatly in your kid’s favorite bento box for their on-the-go lunch.

    Egg salad sandwich and fruits in the bento box

    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 the last minute.

    One of the drawbacks 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 the freezer for an emergency like these, but sometimes no luck. On those days, the easy sandwich comes in handy.

    Now for those living in the States, a 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 and fruits in the bento box

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

    My children really enjoyed freshly 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, the Japanese version is very simple – there are no celery, chives or green onions. The eggs are seasoned simply with Japanese mayonnaise, salt and pepper, and sugar.

    Egg salad sandwich and fruits in the bento box

    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 plans. I hope you will give it a try and enjoy this simple egg salad sandwich!

    Tamago Sando - Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich on a plate along with salad.

    Check out my latest Japanese Egg Sandwich (Tamago Sando) recipe and video!

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    4.5 from 10 votes
    Egg salad sandwich and fruits in the bento box
    Egg Salad Sandwich Bento
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins
    Simple and delicious Japanese egg salad sandwich with mayo, salt, and pepper. Perfect for a quick lunch.
    Course: Appetizer, Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: bento box, egg sandwich, lunch box
    Servings: 1 sandwich
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • 2 slices bread of your choice
    • 1 soft/hard-boiled egg (peeled)
    • 1 Tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
    • kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt)
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • pinch sugar (optional, see Notes)
    1. Gather all the ingredients. (Make a hard boiled egg on the previous day to save time in the morning.)

      Egg Salad Sandwich Bento Ingredients
    2. In a small bowl, mash the boiled egg with a fork.
      Egg Salad Sandwich Bento 1
    3. Add 1 Tbsp. of mayonnaise and mix well. If it's not moist, you can add 1/2 Tbsp. more.
      Egg Salad Sandwich Bento 2
    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.
      Egg Salad Sandwich Bento 3
    5. Spread the egg mixture on top a piece of bread and put another slice of bread on top.
      Egg Salad Sandwich Bento 4
    6. (Optional) Cut off the edges of the bread. Japanese sandwiches usually don’t have edges.
      Egg Salad Sandwich Bento 5
    7. Cut the sandwich into 2-3 parts depending on the bento box size.
      Egg Salad Sandwich Bento 6
    8. Pack the sandwich in bento box and put some fruits and vegetables in the empty space.
    Recipe Notes

    Sugar: 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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