Cocoa Dusted (No)Fried Bread

Happy International School Meal Day! 

Did you know, today, 3/11 which is the second Thursday in March, is the day to celebrate healthy meals provided at school! This year’s theme is “Eat for the health of it.”

So, I’m a representative of growing up in Japan, you might wanna know what our school meal is like. Well, it depends on which area your school belongs to, but a lot of schools have their own kitchen specially to cook the school lunch. With several giant pots or pans, our school meal usually consisted of either rice or bread, soup, 2 kinds of dish to eat with bread/rice, dessert(sometimes,) and milk(always.) (Do you know how much we wanted to have tea instead of milk when it’s rice day? The worst combination ever!) And no matter what happens, all teachers and kids eat exactly the same food. If you have a serious allergy, they need to consult with school beforehand and bring their own lunchbox. 

So, today I want to introduce the beloved school lunch menu from all generations: fried bread! According to research a company took last year with 5,252 participants, fried bread was the best one to be ranked in. Depending on school, sometimes the flavor is kinako(soybean powder) or cocoa, which is my favorite! Crunchy bread dusted with sweet cocoa powder is so obsessive, and with this menu, milk is appreciated:) You’ll get a little messy eating the fried bread, especially around the mouth, but still it’s foodie kids favorite. 

Interested in Japanese soul-school-lunch menu? Here is how to make it!  


<Today’s Recipe>

Cocoa Dusted No-Fry Bread

cocoa dusted nonfried bread


  • 2 hotdog buns
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon sugar



  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F
  2. Spread olive oil on hot dog buns by using a brush.
  3. Mix cocoa powder and sugar together in a container and roll the buns to coat the powders evenly.
  4. Transfer the buns in the oven and bake them for about 10 min. Enjoy!

cocoa dusted nonfried bread

Mmm, great! What’s good about homemade is that you can adjust the sweet level depending on your preference! That means you can also make it gorgeous by putting whipped cream too;)

I didn’t go to American school till college, so I’m not quite sure why my dinner buddy is so excited when he talks about sloppy joe, and vice versa when I talk about fried bread or other school lunch menus. But by thinking about it, school lunch is the way people learn how food is yum and appreciated, and later we all become foodies before we even notice! 


What is your favorite school lunch menu?

It’s a good idea to cook it today and appreciate the school meal:)


<Other Typical School Meal from Japan>

The second in rank of favorite school lunch! Japanese Style Curry Rice

Japanese Style Curry Rice

Not in the ranking but still one of my favorites! Wakame Seaweed Mixed Rice

wakame mixed rice

The typical veg menu from school lunch! Spinach, Mushroom and Sweet Corn Stir Fry with Buttery Soy Sauce

spinach corn buttery soy sauce

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

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