Squid Game Lunch Box

Squid Game Lunch Box

Netflix & Chill. This is my absolute favorite thing to do on a weekend especially when you feel drained all week. Just grab your remote and browse what’s new on Netflix. Two weeks ago, I happened to watch a new Korean drama series called Squid Game. What a catchy name! It didn’t interest me at first until I saw a cameo of one of my ultimate favorite Korean actor: Gong Yoo. He pretty much convince me that this show is going to be sensational. Guess what?! It’s true. Check out the news outlet and you’ll see what I’m trying to say here. 

Korean Street Food. Watching the entire series introduced me to several delicious Korean food that I’ve never knew existed. Just like the picture above. This is called Dalgona candy. It is sold, and bet you, you can smell this along the busy streets of Seoul. By looking at it, I must say it’s worth all the attention that it’s receiving right now. Clap-clap for this famous candy. You deserve it. 

The Cold Metal Lunch Box. Did anyone notice the cold metal lunch box that player 456 was eating on episode 3? Well, aside from the trending Korean honeycomb candy challenge, the cold lunch box is also gaining its popularity. Making it at home is as fun as watching it from tv. Pay attention to the round shape of the egg. Details! Details! Details! We can definitely do thi

Banchan (반찬). Korean meals are always paired with tasty small side dishes called banchan. In the US, most Korean restaurant will happily refill these side dishes for you at no additional cost. What a deal! My favorite is

  • Korean name: 검은콩조림
  • Romanized: Geomeun-kongjorim

Okay, I know it seems intimidating but it’s just braised black beans that’s full of yumminess. I was happy to see this side dish as part of the famous metal lunch box that I’m going to show you how to make, everything from scratch! Wait, almost all from scratch…except for Kimchi. I used the store bought kimchi just to make it easy for all of us. 

Squid Game Lunch Box

Homemade Korean Banchan in a Box.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: braisedblackbeans, Japchae, kimchi, Lunchbox, round fried egg, Squidgame
Servings: 4 people
Author: Dhin of gemframboise.com


  • non stick pan
  • wok
  • round metal mold
  • metal lunch box


Braised Black Beans

  • 130 g canned black beans
  • 2-3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • sesame seeds garnish

Japchae (Stir Fried Glass Noodles)

  • 100 g glass noodles
  • 2 L boiling water
  • 1 packet seasoned asparagus or whatever vegetables you like
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • ground black pepper

Perfect Round Fried Egg

  • 3-4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 medium egg


Braised Black Beans

  • Turn stove on medium high heat.
  • In a non stick pan, heat black beans including bean water, until it boils.
  • Add sugar and mix.
  • Cook for a few minutes.
  • Add honey. Mix.
  • Cook for 5 minutes or until some sauce have evaporated.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add sesame oil. Mix.
  • Add sesame seeds. Set aside.

Japchae (Stir fried glass noodles)

  • Cook noodles in a bowl of boiling water for 3-5 minutes.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a wok, add seasoned vegetables.
  • Add drained noodles and stir.
  • Add soy sauce. Stir.
  • Add sugar. Stir.
  • Add black pepper.
  • Taste Test.
  • Set aside.

Perfect Round Fried Egg Specifics from Squid Game

  • In a non stick pan, add sesame oil.
  • Place mold in the center of the pan.
  • Once oil is hot, add egg. Cover with a lid.
  • Cook for a few minutes.
  • The edge should be nice and crispy!


  • When buying canned black beans, shake it first to hear if there's enough water inside. If beans are moving freely that means it's good and not mushy. Perfect for this recipe. 
  • Do not overcook black beans. It should not look too dry. Always keep an eye and stir frequently. 
  • Please use non stick pan/wok for this recipe. It works wonders. 
  • Feel free to use any vegetables you like for Japchae. Fresh is also great!
  • Fry egg cautiously. The steam that gets trapped once you cover it can be a little frightening, so let some steam out once in a while. 
  • Store bought Kimchi should be in the cold section. You should always buy Kimchi that are stored in the fridge. Then, you know it's alive because of all the natural probiotics. 
  • Always taste test your dish before serving. 
  • Finally, if you're a visual person like me, watch step-by-step video tutorial on youtube.

WATCH Squid Game Lunch Box Recipe Step-By-Step Video Tutorial:

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My name is Dhin. I'm delighted that you are here to join me in cooking delicious food and baking adorable pastries. Working in the kitchen became my therapy when the pandemic struck all of us. Join me on my journey, one bite at a time.

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