Chinese cold noodles (“hiyashi chuuka”)
Morning prep time: 0 minutes. Last night I packed Bug’s lunch at the same time I was plating dinner: cold Chinese noodles (hiyashi chuka) with a variety of toppings: strips of ham, julienned cucumber, egg strips, julienned red bell pepper, beni shoga and a little container of soy-based sauce for the noodles. That way a full bento was ready and waiting in the refrigerator this morning for me to grab on the way to playgroup. I cut everything smaller than the adult version for easy toddler eating.