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School meals from around the world (30 pics) - Picture #24

Posted in Pictures   2 Jun 2009   / 773 views

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Guess that u're what u eat.... poor kids n_tongue
poor kids (in the usa) : obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, heart disease ... i'll take asian diet anytime

gross to an ignoramus
timduncan5 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I dont believe what the kids in the US eat very well. the japan kids eat better
Am 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Man, I recognize a lot of the USA ones. Hahahah.

The question of whether one of the USA lunches was cheese sticks or pizza: answer is cheese sticks.

On the last one: it is pizza, not lasagna.

Our federal government subsidizes the dairy and meat industries in the US, and a lot of the 'extra' food gets used for the federal school lunch and prison meal programs. So that's why a lot of US lunches are pretty uniform and the types of food offered tend to be very processed.
I 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
What about the poor kids in Afghanistan who eat dirt for lunch?
Wiggum 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
God the US kids eat crap, the Asian kids have a much healthier diet.
De 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
41 belay Poor Indians....No food ...but still the best brains in the world dance3 JC-LOL
Enter your name 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
yeh right us salvadorians hella smart
1 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
starnge that americans have the most fAST food types... fatties.
Enter your name 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
yea right what ever you are i bet your fat
tikktokk 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Schools around the world? China, Japan, Korea, USA, Sweden.
Looks like you missed a bit there...
spytfyre 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
What no UK? We could put some of the US dishes to shame, but it would be difficult...
french guy 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I saw some mistakes on the comments about the French meal :

about the first one :

French fries, a piece of baguette, mystery meat hamburger, chocolate cake, something resembling an omelet actually it's a crepe with some cheese, thinly sliced bacon and cream , and a cup of something to drink actually it's a yoghurt and you missed a piece of cheese (the yellow triangle on the back)

about the second one :

France: Scallops mussel, an artichoke, grapefruit , cheesecake citrus tart, baguette and fries and you missed a yoghurt.

BTW we don't have fries each meal... :p
Billdave 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
In the US at least, school lunches represent limited choices, but choices. no school nutritionist okays a lunch of all deep-fried meats and starches, but kids get to pick and choose as they go down the line. They tend to choose deep fried over veggies, but that's because they are given a choice.
jbats 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
so, are these offical descriptions, because they're horribly worded and poorly researched
Annoyed 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Yeah, I agree with 12. God, it'd be SO easy to put a little more effort into the descriptions. "Colorful mystery items?" No respect.
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Anon 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Seriously, he/she didn't have to do it. If you want a well researched lunch you try making a page.
Volkov 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
#12 and #13 are being picky as fuck. The descriptions don't matter when all he's doing is taking his best guess at what the fuck is on the plates. The pictures are what make this article interesting :)
crownroyalty 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Square pizza rules
Bow before the greatness that is Super
Rise by the hand of Milow
deltasailor 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
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Anon 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Whoever compiled these pictures has very little food knowledge... There are multiple instances of foods identified as something else. That and everywhere you go there will always be low budget food vs higher budget foods. This happens so much on the internet... from food to "scientifically proven facts" there are no facts on the interbutts
Cary 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Definitely makes me want to pack my lunch... n_what
yup 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
The japan "slaw" was most likely either pickled ginger or daikon.
mmatheist 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Loads of mistakes there.

LOL - All the USA ones look crap!!
Steffan 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I eat Japanese school lunch every day at my elementary schools. The central board of education thinks up a menu for each month, with the right nutritional balance and a mix of all food groups. There's a good mix of traditional Japanese food and western food. They even send out a daily newsletter to explain what's in the food so the kids can learn about the food they're eating. And it's delicious! And all for 240 yen per day ($2.40), which is incredible considering the incredibly high price of food in Japan. Other countries should learn from Japan when thinking about their school meals.
merond 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Man, all this stuff looks looks better than what they serve in most American schools.[/i]
capa76 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Im hungry ..... n_smile
I don't speak English so excuse my posts....I'll try to write as well as I can.
SuperMilow 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
UMMMMMM nothing beats square pizza!!!
CrownRoyalty is truly the best kind of royalty their is!
Amy 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
For the Korea ones...the green things are not broccoli, it's spinach. The white thingies are dumplings that are similar to potstickers called mandu. The "colorful mystery items" are spam, egg, and spinach. With seaweed soup.
wut 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Japan definitely looks like it has the fanciest.
America looks rather bland and sterile, unfortunately, but atleast it tends to be somewhat balanced.
China looks tasty.
france seems satisfying.
India looks like the most efficient (looks like the cheapest and easiest to produce, yet the lentils probably still make it nutritious and the rice is in a substantial quantity), but does not look tasty.
Korea and Sweden look nice.
. 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Lol all this food looks pretty disgusting. Bring your own lunches ftw, imo.
idontthinkso 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I want to know what US schools are getting these lunches! They are way luckier than my school and most others.
frenchanimal 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
on the first french meal, its a steak frites (steak + french fries) and the drinking cup is either a yoghurt if you call this the blue-ish pot or a pot of water if you refer to the pot in the upper left. no idea re the omelette but its definitely not an omelette. if it was it would be on a plate like a main dish.
on the second on, Im not sure the cheesecake is a cheesecake but I dont know what it is and the scallops are "moules"
happy canteening!!!
Marebear 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I'd eat the american food b4 any of the other nasty shit they have pics of. Atleast with the american food you can tell what it is by looking at it. shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot
Becca 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Did anyone else notice the condoms next to the Japanese lunch with the hot dog bun? sarcastic
phillydrifter 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I love this, something resembling a pile of sauteed onions. dance3
Heather 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
The organic lunch looks yummy :)
Nick 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Your product ID needs some work.
Tiara 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
France is like the best to me. USA is second ^_^
korean 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
for the korean pictures
korean 1: the noodle stuff is called chap-chaem the greens are either seaweed or spinach
korean 2: white things are called mando it's a dumpling either fried or steamed
korean 3: the seaweed looking stuff is called kim it's dried out sheets of seaweed that's cut into strips.
Uisgea 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I think it's pretty unlikely that Japanese and Korean school lunch menus would include milk.

It would be nice if the compiler knew a bit more about product ID--but I also agree that the pictures alone speak a thousand words.

Where I grew up, they printed the school district's lunch menus for the week in the Sunday paper. Monday: enchiladas. Tuesday: gorditas. Wednesday: burritos. Thursday: tapatias. Friday: fish (everybody--except me--was Catholic). Every day had rice and beans on the side.

Man, I miss those days.

I absolutely hate the idea that my little daughter is going to go to a school that wants to force-feed chicken nuggets and "ketchup as a vegetable." Looks like I have a lot of brown-bag preparation in my future.
George from Bulgaria 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
"around the world" - you kiddin me - only Sweden, France, India, Korea, Japan & USA. There is much more countries to show - eastern european, central european, arabic, nort, central ans south african and many more.
hi 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
In the Netheralnds we don't do school meals. Kids just bring some homemade sandwiches and maybe some fruit and a drink and have that around noon.
Around 6pm at home they'll have dinner with their family.
Angela 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Seriously - no wonder Americans are obese and overweight. Some of the stuff looked like it had come out of a slop bucket.

Let me eat in a Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Malawi, or even the Indian School any day of the week. There meals look absolutely mouthwatering. I wouldn't eat the other muck if you paid me to.
Geluc0 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
fuck off with that food suicide suicide n_sm_19
Funkymonky 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
36 Jezuz i thought we were the only ones with the crappy cafeteria food 36
Jenn 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
So other countries get real food and the U.S gets whatever slop they find in the trash? Not fair. School lunches disgust me a bit. The second I had to wonder if the 'chicken' I'm eating might actually be human meat/turkey butt is the second I drew the line on school food. Give me a brown-bag lunch any day.
Erica 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
The mysterious white things on the Korean lunch look like pot stickers.
no 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Wow...extensive research done here... only what 5 countries represented and terrible descriptions on most. Must be an american writer. Ya sure #15 has a point but then again if I had made a page like this I would have made sure all foods were properly identified and would have had more than the limited locales. What he/she should have done was named it Unidentifiable food from 5 countries
CJ. 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Pft. If USA actually eats some of those good looking school foods. I wonder what school serves it. The one I go to has horrible food.
AG 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Whoever said that Japanese school lunch is great every day is wrong. Some days it is OK, but some days it is horrible. Even my kids don't eat half of the stuff they serve. I would also disagree about the health factor. Japanese food is very heavy on starch, and thus many people have stomach problems. Pretty much every day we have boiled cabbage with lunch and rarely any other vegetables. There are few green vegetables in the food, besides the boiled cabbage.

I believe the picture with the fish labeled as sardines is really shishamo.

I also think the first picture is of a lunch in a university.

The Japanese school lunches always come with whole milk (the only kind of milk available here). Some schools have glass bottles, some schools have the cardboard containers. Most schools also alternate between bread and rice during the week. Sometimes it is noodles (that you put in to the soup). The meals are generally a soup, rice/bread, vegetable, meat. The soups and/or vegetables often include meat (generally beef or pork).

Finally - those things that someone said were condoms look more like condiments to me. No teacher would have those on their desk.
Omicron 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
What's with all the chicken nuggets in the USA? Twelve chicken nuggets and twelve tater tots, that's a lunch? Where are the gazillions of tax dollars going that subsidize this? Not one real meat lunch in the USA, just dead bird, and not even real, just processed. This is unconscionable! How do the kids get so fat? And what's with the 1% and 2% milk? That's just water dyed white.
Shows that in government, it's good intentions that count, not results. n_angry
51 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
36 Whats up with all the fries and cakes in France?! Do they wanna get fat or what? JC-LOL
koreanwutard 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I would have to say American food IS CRAP!!!
瑾朵朵 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
haha 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
50 is fucking KOREAN
copCogchoor 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Hello! Depressing klooper notwithstanding my english jer, buti plumb nice re say gJ$)Kd!!!.
Not Your Business 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Around the world or around the USA? 30 pictures from 5 countries.
xulileijie 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
What looks like kimchi in one of the Chinese lunches (with a fish in it) is not kimchi. I think that's pork fried with tomato sauce.
cassie 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
mmmmm all this has made me hungry
itchyandscratchy 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
When I went to High School in the USA, there was definitely more Dominoes Pizza and Subway on offer than regular cafeteria-style eats. That said, the cafeteria food was always the same 4 or 5 choices with the occasional "specialty" thrown in there. It was a rare day for lunch to deviate from the choices pictured above.
either 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Does the Japanese supply of food become such terrible?
The first piece photograph does not have a green vegetable. There is not yellow.
The second piece photograph does not have a green vegetable either. There are not the fresh vegetables. There is not red food.
As for the third piece photograph, I see the balance of the nourishment very well, but will not be delicious. A combination of the taste is bad.
The fourth piece photograph does not have meat. Meat may be in the soup whether bread is piroshki. But it is all yellow.
The fifth piece photograph may be healthy for a modern child taking a lot of fat, but becomes too poor.
Because I give a child such a meal, Japan falls.
j 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Of course we have as skim milk as well as whole milk here in Japan. Go to a local supermarket and you'll find different kinds of milk containing different percentage of fat, indicated like 3.6, 4.2, 4.4, etc, with or without flavors (chocolate, starwberry, ...) or vitamin or calcium, and so on. I lived in the US for 6 years, and they don't sell as many varieties as in Japan.

And the "condoms" on the desk are not condiments but "pocket tissues," tissue papers put in a small package which you can usually get free on street (because there is an ad on the package). As for the healthiness, Japanese lunches surely look healthier than the US ones, and of course professional nutritionists decide the menu.
1192moo 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Is the photograph in the first Japan true?http://izismile.com/2009/06/02/page,1,2,school_meals_from_around_the_world_
Edome Zewdneh 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
People should just be thankful for what they have. I don't like all of the things they serve at our school ( U.S. CALIFORNIA) but every time I see something that I may not exactly like or want to eat, I think of all the people around the world that would give a limb for what I have the privilege to enjoy. n_recourse
^^ 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Im korean. Actually thats picture is old! around 3 years ago.27 Anyway so many U.S.A meals picture! lol
Wolfie_Rankin 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I find this amazing because in Australia, you visit the canteen, get something you can eat while walking, salad roll, pie, hotdog, sandwiches, packet of chips, drink... and then go off and find a place to sit. never sitting inside with a chair and table and what... a plate of food??? wow!
cccccccccccccccccccc 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
dance dance dance dance dance n_sad n_smile 41
Sarah 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
lol Americans sure do love their chicken nuggets...
John 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
That's not what the swedish lunch look like!
I go to a swedish school and we have never been served soda, only skimmed milk and water.
The green stuff looks more like vegetablessoup, wich is served in a boul.
asian american 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
the US serves that in school? in what ? a rich private school?? psh.. ive never seen a meal like that in any public school ive gone to. all my friends from Asia complain how crappy/fatty/unhealthy the lunches are in the US. They say they eat mainly vegetables with their lunches instead of the processed stuff they give us in the US.
angie cano, paola torres 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
lo que nosotras pensamos sobre el tema es que en diferentes paises comemos comidas diferentes y en cada lugar del mundo hay diferentes costumbres.las comidas que mas nos gustaron fueron las de china y estados unidos...pero tambien las comidas de los otros paises deben ser muy ricas.obviamente la comida colombiana es mucho mas apetitosa que la de los otros paises. todos estamos acostumbrados a las comidas de nuestros diferentes paises

what we think about the issue is that in different countries eat different foods and in every place in the world there are different meals costumbres.las we liked were those of China and the U.S. ... but also meals from other countries should very ricas.obviamente Colombian food is more appetizing than that of other countries. we are all accustomed to meals of our different countries

because I think Japanese have a delicious typical meals like other countries but I like the food of the united states but all countries have a super delicious food is my way of thinking rather all meals are delicious but I can not say I korea like that there are some foods that have not eaten poreso and as I say I'll never change my thinking Colombian food
knews5 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
It all looks really gross and I wonder how much of it actually gets eaten.
Enter your name 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Not broccoli but spinach

Not coleslaw, that is dried Japanese white radish which boiled and seasoned with soy sauce.

The vegetable in salad is burdock. Voiled burdock is dressed with mayonnaise.

The foreign bowl is a piece of mackerel cooked with miso and some slices vegetables such as burdock, carrot, ginger.
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2 sweden
6 7 korea
19 24 USA

i'm looking for something nutrient i can cook for my family.
i felt european and usa stable are uncharacteristic.
do they have taste?
pasta looking thingies are BEAN SPROUTS