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Japanese egg salad sandwiches

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Adapted and modified: A Cook’s Journey to Japan by Sarah Marx Feldner

Makes: 4 whole sandwiches

Ingredients:food for tots, food for toddlers, picky eater, Japanese, egg, salad, sandwiches, sandwich, toddler, kid, lunchbox
8 slices sandwich bread (white/ wholemeal)
4 hard-boiled eggs (peeled and crushed)
1 cup slivered carrots [about 1 medium carrot] (peeled and cut into matchsticks)
1 cup slivered Japanese cucumbers [about 1 ½ cucumber] (deseeded and cut into matchsticks)

For the marinade:
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp rice wine vinegar

For egg-mayo mixture:
50g mayonnaise (Japanese/ Western)

For bread spread:
75g mayonnaise (Japanese/ Western)
½ tsp hot mustard (I used 1 tsp fine whole grain mustard)


  1. Mix the sugar, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar in a small bowl till the sugar dissolves. Place the cucumbers and carrots in separate bowls and divide the sauce between the two. Combine well the ingredients with the sauce. Marinate for 1 hour.
  2. In another bowl, combine the eggs and 50g of mayonnaise. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the remaining 75g of mayonnaise and mustard. Set aside.
  4. To assemble the sandwiches, spread 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise mustard mixture on each slice of bread.
  5. Gently squeeze the remaining liquid from the cucumbers. Divide the cucumbers into 3 portions. Place one portion of the cucumbers at a diagonal on the bread with the spread, from bottom left corner to upper right corner to form a “/” mark. Repeat with the other two slices of bread.
  6. Gently squeeze the remaining liquid from the carrots. Divide the carrots into 3 portions. Place one portion of the carrots at an opposite diagonal of the same bread, to form a “X” mark. Repeat with the other two slices of bread.
  7. When done, place a small spoonful of the egg-mayonnaise mixture in each of the four empty triangle spaces between the veggies. Repeat with the other two slices of bread.
  8. Top each sandwich with the remaining three slices of mayonnaise-mustard bread. Cut each sandwich into four triangular wedges to reveal the colourful vegetables.


  1. If your child is not interested in wholemeal bread, you can combine white bread and wholemeal bread.
  2. To prevent soggy sandwiches, pack the bread and other ingredients in separate containers or ziplock bags and assemble before eating.


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  1. Really love how you arranged the vegetables. Too pretty and of course it looks very yummy!

  2. We love egg sandwiches…really neat idea to make them “colorful”!! good school lunch

  3. tigerfish says:

    I am definitely a sandwich person but I don’t make them so pretty like yours.

    Congrats on all the features.

  4. Joanne says:

    When made with good ingredients, sandwiches can be some of the healthiest lunches around! These sound delicious and I love the Japanese egg salad!

  5. peachkins says:

    how come my egg salad sandwich is not as pretty as that.. brilliant idea on sneaking up those veggies…

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  7. celine says:

    this looks super yummy delicious. i have all the ingredients so will try not to be lazy and make it for my lunch today. awesome photgraphy as always! 🙂

  8. Lovely and healthy sandwiches. Your pics are always gorgeous. No wonder you’re invited to contribute to these magazines. Good job.

  9. anncoo says:

    I love sandwich, healthy, simple and delicious 🙂

  10. noobcook says:

    your sandwiches look incredibly cute and delicious. love the orange/green trimmings for extra colour. and congrats on the Abbott feature ^_^

  11. The arrangement is very interesting! Congrats on the feature!

  12. Evelyn Ng says:

    I saw it too! I love egg sandwich. But I did hesitated a while because of the combination of soya sauce and mayo..

    • food-4tots says:

      Evelyn Ng: Oh really!! I strongly recommend you to give it a try. They are really very delicious!! As the soy sauce is mixed with rice wine vinegar and sugar, it’s not salty anymore. In addition, any excess marinade will be squeezed out. So you won’t feel the taste of soy sauce when eating. 😉

  13. Little Inbox says:

    Yours look so clean, neat and tidy. Mine is much more messy. 🙁

  14. Ching @ LCOM says:

    Really pretty! But my girls won’t eat the pickled cucumber and carrot. Would do with eggs and chicken I guess.

  15. You made the sandwich so neat and tidy! I like sandwich a lot and could have them every lunch or dinner 😛 I think I got to buy a sandwich for lunch later. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Alice says:

    What a “pretty” decorated sandwich! I bet my son will like it too! 😀

  17. I was just craving egg salad sandwiches! What adorable looking sandwishes too 🙂

  18. mycookinghut says:

    Lovely recipe!! I love egg and this sandwich is definitely a good choice!

  19. What a creative way to arrange a sandwich! a good way to get kids to eat vegetables isn’t it?

  20. Pei-Lin says:

    I love the way you present the sandwiches! Great photography and styling. Yea, can be quite challenging getting kids to eat a proper meal.

    Congrats on the invite by Abbott Singapore! You definitely deserve it!

  21. Can you believe that I have never had an egg sandwich? I mean whenever I crave for a sandwich, then tuna, salmon, or chicken comes to mind….next time I am going to give the egg sandwich a chance. :-))

  22. I like to see your creaviting when you display your food posting..great job!! me,my daughter wallop everthing,do not need to make the food cute or interesting!! haha! the moment I scoop the food into a plate ,she come wt a fork!!

  23. Alison says:

    Beautiful and delicious! I love how colourful they are on the inside!

  24. Akrista says:

    These are so cute! Egg salad sandwiches are one of my favorite sandwiches because they’re so quick and easy to make. I will have to try this recipe for my granddaughter (and me), of course. Thanks for a great idea.

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