Prison Meals From Around The World

By molly atherton 4 months ago
Today, we're about to embark on a gastronomic journey that's a little out of the ordinary and definitely not for the faint of heart – welcome to the wild, wacky, and sometimes downright weird world of prison meals! Forget about your usual culinary delights because we're diving into the diverse and unexpected realm of what inmates around the globe chow down on. Now, I know what you're thinking: "Prison food? Really?" But bear with me, because behind those bars lie some surprisingly unique and, dare I say it, fascinating recipes that will make your everyday home-cooked meals seem like a snooze-fest.

France - dry chicken stew and mushy potatoes

French cooking might be considered one of the most prestigious cuisines in the world, but the same doesn’t go for the food served in their prisons. Image Source: SoapboxieDry chicken breast, stodgy noodles and dead salad leaves are some of the delicacies inmates have to endure. The only saving grace is that all French prisons serve pastries on a Sunday.Originally sourced from Femanin.

Thailand - watery soup and rice

Prisoners in Thailand are not very lucky when it comes to mealtimes, usually being served plates of steamed rice husks that had been sitting around for hours. Image Source: ThaigerLuckily for some inmates, visitors can bring in food for their loved ones but others aren’t so fortunate. They have to have some really close loved ones to help them!

Finland - fish, soups and meatballs

Prisons in Finland have a reputation for serving some of the best food to their inmates. Some examples include herring with rye, chicken lasagna, rainbow trout and root stew, smoked meat soup and meatballs. Image Source: Ilta-SanomatAll meals are served with a fresh side dish, bread and a cold drink. I think they might need that in order to be able to wash it down! It doesn't sound too appealing!

Egypt - bean stew, rice and bread

Prisons in Egypt serve very basic bland meals which generally consist of bean stew, rice and bread. But luckily for the inmates, family members are allowed to bring them food on their weekly visits. Image Source: MediumSome of the items they typically request are cheese, crisps, fruit and biscuits. I suppose everyone's favourite foods will be different depending on the culture!

UK - a pork pie salad...

The UK doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to food served in the prisons, which typically include bland looking omelettes, dry pizza and baked beans with chips. Image Source: TwitterIn 2016, a prison in Birmingham hit the headlines after serving inmates a dinner of ‘pork pie salad’. It doesn't sound like the worst meal in the world does it...

India - chickpea stew

Prisons in India usually serve ‘pulihora’ for breakfast, which is a rice dish. Lunch consists of a watery chickpea stew with rice and chapati, as well as a different type of curry each day. Image Source: HungryForeverDinner is similar to lunch, and on Sunday’s the inmates are treated to a chicken or goat curry. I wonder which of these two delights are their favourites...


Unlike other prisons across the world, Sweden has taken a different approach to how inmates are treated with the aim to rehabilitate them rather than use it as punishment. Image Source: cookpad.comPrisoners are fed a well-balanced diet, and they get to enjoy treats such as ‘kanelbulle' which is a Swedish cinnamon bun. This sounds like a treat more than prison food!

New Zealand

The menu in New Zealand prisons is far from adventurous, with breakfast consisting of a choice or cereals and lunch being dull sandwiches. This seems more like it! Image Source: options seem more appetising, including sausages with curry sauce, meatloaf in an onion gravy and fish with tomato relish. What's the quality like there?


In Pakistan, the prisons usually serve inmates lentils with rice and sometimes they are given vegetables and chapati bread. Sounds like the kind of food they could enjoy? Image Source: Arab NewsDuring the month of Ramadan, the inmates are given special meals including chicken sweet rice and potatoes served with hot milky tea. That makes sense!


It comes as no surprise that Japan serve some of the most tasty and immaculate looking dishes in their prisons. The food is so good, that one prison even has a restaurant onsite where the public can dine as the prisoners do. Image Source: 9news.comThey typically serve rice boiled with barley, mackerel pike, daikon radish, noodle salad and miso soup. Does this sounds like the sort of food you'd expect them to serve?


A German prison in the city of Bergisch Gladbach in Cologne fed the prisoners McDonalds for a year. Yep, you heard it right…one whole entire year. Image Source: Family TravelAfter a disagreement with the contractor supplying the food, the prison struck up a deal with the McDonalds next year and so the inmates lived off McToasts and Big Macs.

South Korea

A staple meal in prisons across South Korea is ‘kongbap’ which is a bland dish made up of beans and rice. However, the inmates are fed a variety of other foods which aren’t nearly as bad. Image Source: Trek ZoneBreakfast consists of bread with tomato sauce and cheese. Lunch is usually a bone marrow and vegetable soup served with kimchi and seaweed.


Based on the size of America, there is a broad variation in the meals prisoners get across the country depending on the state. That probably shouldn't surprise you! Image Source: 9news.comHowever, there is one thing they all have in common. Disobedient inmates are fed Nutraloaf, which is a bland mash-up of vegetables, as punishment.


Prisoners in Russia are given ‘chaff porridge’ which is made from a mixture of low quality ground grains. They're pretty brutal to their prisoners as you can imagine! Image Source: Serious EatsInstead of using butter they add ‘kombizhir’ which is a butter substitute of animal and vegetable fats which was popular in Soviet times, resulting in a tasteless grey slop.


Chinese prisons are renowned for poor conditions and maltreatment of the inmates. Most meals consist of rice, turnips and pork fat which provides them with just enough nutrition to survive. Image Source: CookBuzzIf the prisoners do not work hard enough, their rations are halved.  Maybe the Chinese prisons have clearly been more brutal to their prisoners instead!


There isn’t anything too exciting on the menu in prisons across Australia. In Queensland, inmates typically have cereal and toast for breakfast. Image Source: 9news.comA staple lunchtime meal is a cold meat sandwich, and dinner consists of chicken or fish with potatoes and vegetables. It must get a little boring for them!


Prisons in Norway have a reputation for being the mostly homely environments in the world. Inmates are given a weekly allowance for grocery shopping and growing crops in the allotment. Image Source: JoGeek vs The GlutenThey are expected to cook their own food, serving traditional meals such as fish balls with white sauce and prawns. At least they get some sort of independence.


Prisoners in Italy help harvest fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as being involved in making juices, jam and olive oil. Doesn't sound so bad does it! Image Source: bloomberg.comThe harvested produce is incorporated into the dishes served to inmates, and they even get 250 ml of wine each day with their evening meal.


One of the staple meals given to inmates in prisons across Mexico is ‘onion soup’ which is a watery bland broth with lumps of onion floating about. Image Source: redcipes.comThis is usually served with some sort of meat and soybeans for protein. Luckily, some prisons allow the family members of inmates to bring in food and share a meal together.


Prisoners in Lebanon are only fed twice a day, with increasing prices in produce meaning certain products are being limited, that's got to be tough! Image Source: FacebookFruit and vegetables are only provided once a week, and they are typically served plates of hummus and rounds of naan bread during mealtimes which is a staple component of Lebanese cuisine. 


Prisons in Haiti have some of the worst conditions in the world, which includes what they are fed at mealtimes, just look at the state of that! Image Source: BBCThe inmates only receive one daily ration of food…yep, only ONE meal a day. This is usually a bland bowl of rice and beans ladled out from a huge iron pot. 

South Africa

In many prisons in South Africa, the inmates are only given two proper meals a day and in the evening they are sent to their cell with bread and a powdered drink for supper. Image Source: Daily MaverickBreakfast is usually bland porridge with no sugar and a lunchtime meal is stew served with lumpy mashed potato. This doesn't sound so good does it?


Prisons in Ireland don’t just serve up traditional dishes, like coddle, as you might expect. After acknowledging their ethnically diverse population things changed. Image Source: The Big IssueThey have now included a variety of international dishes on the menu, including curries and stir-fry. They get a little collection of everything in behind the bars.


The food served in Turkish prisons lacks variety and nutritional value. Inmates are usually served processed and canned food, with meat rarely being on the menu. Image Source: RedditSome prisoners have even reported that they are only given one type of fruit each week and it is usually rotten. Surely that isn't allowed is it?


Food in Canadian prisons is prepared in large pots, mixing ingredients together which are then boiled. The liquid product is then poured into plastic bags and frozen for up to 2 weeks. Image Source: The LineThe prisoners are then served these puree meals, where you can’t even tell if something is meat or vegetables. I wonder how the taste comes out in the end...


Conditions in Jamaican prisons have been described as ‘horrific’ which includes the food they serve at mealtimes. Prisoners are usually given stodgy rice and sugary water twice a day. Image Source: RedditThey lack any form of protein or fresh produce. Sometimes, food and water isn’t even available and inmates have to rely on family to bring them food.


In Nigerian prisons, a small portion of beans are served for breakfast seven days a week. At lunchtime, prisoners are given watery soya bean soup with meat or fish. Image Source: Tori.ngIn the evening they are only offered dry ‘eba’ which is a cooked starchy vegetable made from garri. These are very traditional meals found across Nigeria!


Prisoners in Malaysia are typically served chicken, vegetables and ‘kuah’ which is a type of curry. During religious celebrations, inmates are given special meals and treats such as oranges. Image Source: cookpad.comOn their birthday, they are also allowed cake or biscuits, so you can probably imagine they're always waiting for something to happen around that time of the year!


The food served in Cambodian prisons does not sound very appealing. Breakfast is usually gruel made with ground cereal and water, sounds delicious right? Image Source: Prison PhotographyA typical meal during the day will consist of a bowl of rice and fish-head soup. You can buy other food from the prison shop, but only if you are lucky enough to have enough money.

The Philippines

The Philippines has one of the most congested prison systems in the world, which puts a strain on resources available for inmates and therefore the food isn't great. Image Source: ITVLess than £1 is spent on three meals for each prisoner per day, meaning the menu leaves a lot to be desired. Each meal typically consists rice which is sometimes served with fish.


In Argentinian prisons the menu is anything but interesting. That being said, it is usually healthy and something quite cheap due to a lack of resources.Image Source: WikiThe majority of the time it consists of something like a salad and fish and then to provide the fullness and the carbs a slice of bread. Doesn't sound like it'd taste too good!


The prison menu in Jamaica is usually something very typical of Jamaican cuisine. For example, here we have a bean stew, a yam kind of mash, some pickles and a chunk of bread.Image Source: goya.comIt definitely does not look appealing and the texture all seems to be fairly mushy. Can you imagine having to eat this almost every single day!?


Canadian prisons have a reputation for being dangerous. And, according to what we have seen of the standard food it looks as though this is fairly appalling too.Image Source: cafedelitesFour slices of white plain bread, some plain dry lettuce leaves, and some kind of plain yellow bean. That can't be something that anyone looks forward to eating...


Egyptian prisons are known for the inhumane treatment of prisoners. In an Egyptian prison you can expect a very standard meal such as this...Image Source: liveatlearnBoiled chicken, beans, rice and a mini naan bread. Although, it can be much worse than this depending on the individual facility, it doesn't sound so awful!


Image Source: thespruceeatsIn Ukraine a typical prison dish looks something like this. A chicken kind of stew, with a clear vegetable broth. Both are cooked cheaply, and flavourless for a mass prison population whilst ensuring there is some kind of carb and protein in the daily diet.


Under the Libyan law, unauthorised foreigners can be detained indefinitely and punished with forced labor within Libyan prisons. You should always be VERY careful!Image Source: SoapboxieThey typically serve some kind of beef casserole with boiled vegetables and bread. There is usually not so much meat served as it is more expensive.


In Cuban prisons almost every day the menu is black beans and rice. It is cheap, quick as well as hitting both the carbohydrates and protein as well as filling up the prisoners.Image Source: WikipediaCuban prisons are largely short on money and resources. Meat would be a luxury so the prisoners have to make do with some of the other stuff off the shelves.


In Togo, the prisons serve a very typical dish of the country which is specific to the region. The dish is called Fufu, which is essentially a yam, cassava or plantain kind of paste.Image Source: UgghusThen, on the side will be some kind of boiled vegetable such as spinach. We might not think it looks great but this is another example of traditional foods being used.


In Syria, falafel is a very commonly used food. And in prison the inmates are often served this falafel loaf. It really doesn't look so appealing does it!?Image Source: VeggieFinrsDue to the situation of Syria the country's prisons struggle to provide enough food for its inmates due to their not being enough money to support them.


Spain provides one of the better menus and food varieties to its prisoners. Spanish omelette is a common food served in prisons due it being quick and cheap to make.Image Source: GhustBut, especially in comparison to the majority of choices on this list this is definitely one of the best. I wonder what quality of omelette the prisoners would get.


The food served in Portuguese prisons is definitely not healthy. Burgers, chips and salad are one of the most common meals served to prisoners.Image Source: PinterestIn fact there is a restaurant which has opened and it replicates prison meals to serve to customers as can be seen here. Would you head to this restaurant?


This Beef stew and potato wedges is a standard looking meal in Albania. Albania has prisons which are notorious around the world for their harsh conditions, harsh measures and violence inside the prison.Image Source: WikiFood is definitely not a priority in Albanian prisons, so if you're making trouble somewhere you might want to avoid doing it in this eastern European country!


In Palau, prison food is very simple, very basic and it does not tend to vary on a day to day basis. It usually consists of some kind of bean and vegetable stew with rice.IImage Source: AroundtheworldThis is usually the typical evening dish for the majority of the time, every day. I wonder if they ever get a little bored of eating these bland meals all the time.


In Cambodia, the usual meal that is served up each time is rice, raisins, carrots, yoghurt sauce. It is usually something along these lines and variation in Cambodian prisons is very little.Image Source: FoodHotspotOvercrowding and not having enough food is common in Cambdian prisons and therefore many of the prisoners end up with smaller rations than others!


This is a standard prison meal in the Phillipines. While it is not only one of the more boring options, just a cheese and salad sandwhich, it also looks disgusting.Image Source: The MirrorThere is some kind of sloppy filling which looks like boiled creamy vegetables of some sort. Can you work out what that slop actually is or not?

South Korea

Rice and beans, it doesn't get any more plain and simple than this. It is a very common prison meal in many countries because it is so fast and the ingredients are so cheap!Image Source: DailyMirrorAnd the beans provide a very cheap way to provide protein. In terms of flavour it is non existent though, so I'm sure the prisoners would prefer something else.


Banitsa is commonly served in Bulgarian prisons. It is a   traditional Bulgarian pastry which is made by layering a combination of beaten eggs and bits of cheese amongst pastry.Image Source: BBCBulgarian prison conditions in general are below a lot of other countries, especially in Europe's standards. The food doesn't offer much for the prisoners.


We hope that this looks better than it tastes. And no, this is not sausage stew it is actually banana - yes you heard that right.The dish is called Banane malaxé and it is actually very popular in Cameroon.Image Source: BlogspotBananas are very common in Cameroon, and cheap so it seems like the right sort of ingredient to have available to feed the prisoners!


Now this dish might look a little intimidating. But it is common practice for the prisoners in Angola to be presented with this collection of... whatever it is.Image Source: WikiThe dish is called Jimboa, which is one of the most eaten vegetables present in Angolan cuisine. And, it is rich in fibre and proteins, doesn't look so appealing though.


Bangladesh is famous for its food amongst many things and curry is one of the most cooked dished here. In particular, prisons serve Shorshe Ilish - which is Hilsa Fish with Mustard Curry.Image Source: ThiagerFish is much easier and cheaper to acquire than meat, but still nutritious, so it's more commonly used in the prisons to save the government some cash.


In an Austrian prison you can expect very typical, Austrian food. Although it is the dishes which can be made for many, quickly, and cheaply.Image Source: SoapboxieKnödel is a particular favourite to serve in an Austrian prison. It is a kind of dumpling with different ingredients rolled into one, seems kind of traditional.

Pennsylvania, USA

For a prison in Lancaster County, you can expect a lunch of mixed vegetables, including carrots and green beans, alongside a healthy salad, corn dogs and potatoes.Image Source / FooducatePrisoners even get a dessert option, which is usually yellow cake, and they also have the option of 'customising' their lunches, that's a little nicer at least.

Bangkok, Thailand

Prisoners would be afforded husks of steamed rice that would have been sat out for half an hour, making them even less appetizing than they were before.Image Source / The Fresh LoafIn Bangkok prisons, though, if prisoners are wealthy enough for a little bribery, they could get to eat croissants and butter. I'd try and splash the cash a little...


Alongside the grey sloppy mass of porridge prisoners have the option to eat, they also have the option to buy their own food from the prison canteen.Image Source / Liverpool EchoSome prisoners can then create their own recipes out of food items given. One Russian prisoner made Nutella using digestive biscuits he ground up mixed with cocoa powder.

Iserlohn, Germany

As a prisoner with a tray in the canteen, you can expect it to be filled with three bread dumplings and a side of gravy to wash it down, not too bad right?Image Source / Food.comTo top it off, you get a healthy portion of steamed Brussel sprouts - love 'em or hate 'em. I suppose you'd just learn to like them at that point.

London, England: Breakfast

At a female-only prison in London, prisoners who wake up ready to start the day are treated to cornflakes, milk, tea bags (of course, it's England after all), sugar and coffee whitener for brekkie.Image Source / Birmingham LiveIt seems to be a very traditional piece of breakfast for those in the UK. They really would be lost without their kettle and teabags in the morning wouldn't they?

London, England: Lunch

The lunches aren't much better for the prisoners in the UK either; they still look a little more appealing than some of the more out there meals on this list though..Image Source / LovefoodIf prisoners are still left hungry after that big bowl of cornflakes, they have lunch to look forward to: this is usually pasta or soup, chips (or fries if you're not from the UK) and a lunch sandwich which is made up for them.

London, England: Sunday Dinner

In the UK, a Sunday roast is a staple family tradition, and you'd think you'd have to give that up in prison - but nope. Apparently, in this same prison, you can look forward to a Sunday roast just like you always did.Image Source / Daily StarThe only problem is, it's rock-hard potatoes and pretty much the most unappealing roast you ever did see. It won't be like the ones they had at home!


In true American style - and when they're not being fed Nutraloaf as punishment - prisoners across various jails in the US coudl be seen enjoying hummus wraps as a non-meat option...Image Source / WikipediaSwedish meatballs if meat is what they're looking for, or even sloppy joes and bean burritos. What would be the option you decided to go for...

New Zealand: Breakfast

For a nice wakeup breakfast in New Zealand prison, you can expect breakfast cereals like Weetbix (which has to be the most bland and dry cereal option out there if not mixed with anything else) or Rice Bubbles.
Image Source / The GuardianFor lunch, sandwiches could have creamed corn, relish, luncheon and pickle. Sandwiches always seem to be the easiest thing to fall back on.

New Zealand: Dinner

One thing that can be said about dry and bland cereal is that at the very least it could be filling in the right amounts; it usually does the right job.Image Source / adishaday - WordPress.comBut if prisoners are still peckish come dinner time, they may or may not be disappointed with the options of curry sauce and sausages, meatloaf with onion gravy or fish with tomato sauce.


As well as the 'homely' prison environment and the staples like fish balls with white sauce, prisoners can also enjoy hearty food like chicken con carne, as well as other fresh fish options like salmon.Image Source / AllrecipesThey probably enjoy doing things this way as the Norweigan prisoners are actually given a load more independance than most prisoners around the world.

Milan, Italy

Inmates at the Bollate prison in Milan are required to prepare fine dining like any Italian chef could be proud of; what sorts of things do they prepare?Image Source / MyRecipesThis includes risotto, scallops and tortelli. Sadly, the delicious food isn't for them - they just have to make it for the diners who come in to eat at InGalera, the restaurant in the grounds.

Morgan County, USA

Prisoners are treated to a 76 cent dinner in Morgan County in America. And this equates to not one, but two hot dog frankfurter sausages, a slice of bread (just the one) and a cup of beans on the side to top it all off.Image Source / WikipediaI can't imagine that this would be a diet that helped people remain healthy, but I suppose hot dogs are some of the most traditional US meals right?

Cheshire, England

This next serving can only be described as unidentifiable soggy mess. The photo itself was taken by a prisoner who revealed the grey mush on a yellow plate...Image Source / PrisonphoneAnd yes, that is what  looks like very soggy fries, some sort of meat offering and maybe what looks like a slice of pizza with beans on top?

Mexico City

In one particular prison in Mexico City, prisoners can still enjoy homecooked food in a home away from home with this special arrangement (if they're good!)Image Source / Yale Daily NewsFamily members and friends of prisoners can bring in any meal whatsoever for the prisoner to eat on weekends, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Goulburn, Australia: Breakfast

Goulburn Prison is a maximum security prison in Australia, and while in some Australian prisons the food is nothing to write home about, it was reported in 2013 about the rather lavish selections at Goulburn (or lavish by prison standards, anyway).Image Source / WikipediaFor brekkie, tasty packs of cereal, milk, morning coffee and several slices of bread would be served. It sounds more like hotel food than prison food!

Goulburn, Australia: Lunch

If all that morning bread doesn't fill the prisoners, then maybe a spot of tasty lunch will. Who doesn't love filling that void around midday!Image Source / The Nourishing HomePrisoners at Goulburn were apparently fed sandwiches, healthy fruit and yoghurt to wash it all down for a filling lunch. Doesn't sound too bad at all does it...

Goulburn, Australia: Dinner

And dinner is where it really gets lavish. Prisoners at Goulburn might get to experience pasta Alfreda, roast chicken dishes and cheese burgers...Image Source / FlickrBut it wasn't just any old grimy cheesburger, either. It was actually a swanky ricotta burger which sounds like something you might get at a fancy meal instead!

The USA And Ramen

As well as being a basic prison food, Ramen has also become a currency in many prisons in the US. Maybe it's because nobody wants to eat it, or maybe it's because they do want to eat it so happy to be bribed with it.Image Source / MashedEither way, Ramen has been found for purchasing prison goods and general bartering! It's always a quick and easy snack for people too!

California, USA

On the breakfast menu for this Californian prison, inmates could look forward to ready-made cereal (usually Rice Krispy), fruit, bread and packets of sugar.Image Source / InsiderThe breakfast pack also includes some peanut butter to stick on the bread. Peanut butter is one of those precious commodities you might think prisoners can't get.

United Arab Emirates

The prison food offering in the United Arab Emirates - which is very strict in regard to what you can go to prison for, such as kissing in public - is a tray of curry, rice, lettuce, meat and fruit.Image Source / Tilda RiceIt sounds like quite a substantial meal - but prisoners actually have to eat it with their hands. They don't even get any cutlery to enjoy their meals with! A little rude...


In Singapore prisons, inmates are served their food on a tray which is slid to them in their cell through a hole. Kind of like what you see on the screens...Image Source / Student EatsThe prisoners then have to eat their food on the ground. The food delivery they can expect to be slid through to them is fish, vegetables, rice, noodles and fruit.

Philadelphia, USA

For a country that spends billions on its prison system, it's about time they were served a brownie or two; I can't imagine they're incredibly fresh however...Image Source / Recipe for PerfectionHere Philadelphia serves up a platter of pasta and cubed carrots mixed with grains and a side of brownie as well as white cake. Those lucky, lucky prisoners!


The prison in Australia that this meal is from is all about human rights - it even has a sort of town square in the centre, with around 300 prisoners in the facility.Image Source / Curious CuisiniereThese 300 or so prisoners can be expected to be served up a plate of macaroni salad, jerk chicken sided with cous cous, ratatouille and a berry yoghurt to cool off.


In India, inmates have a set food budget which provides their 3 meals a day - and it isn't a lot. They're fed pulses, curd, cereals and sweets every day.Image Source / BetterButterNone-veg options are served for those meat-eater inmates twice a week. Although they have to enjoy their protein in much smaller doses than they might want.

United Kingdom: Lunch

Pies are a big hit in UK prisons (except if you're talking about that pork pie salad controversy mentioned earlier) and for lunch in a UK prison you could expect a chicken and mushroom pie...Image Source / The Chopping BlockOr, you might get a jacket potato, coleslaw or corned beef. For the non-meat eaters, a vegetarian pasta bake. There's a load of different available options here...

United Kingdom: Dinner

For the halal inmates having dinner in a UK prison, they may be served up a halal version of a chicken curry. They have to provide for the various cultures here!Image Source / hannahhotcakesFor everyone else, there's the option of a grilled gammon steak usually accompanied by some form of vegetables. They're getting all the essential nutrients...


Prisoners in Sweden do get some decent food, and the highlight has to be the sweet treats they get. They're supplied with a treat of a fika 'coffee break'! We need this!Image Source / Culture TripFika is a state of mind where the fika break includes a coffee serving accompanied by something sweet, like a pastry. Why isn't this introduced everywhere!

New Zealand

Prison food varies throughout New Zealand, but in some prisons, they get the option of either two sandwiches or two salad rolls. A little better than one I suppose...Image Source / Piglet in PortugalThe basis for most meals is two kinds of vegetables no matter what, accompanied by one fruit. They're trying to keep people as healthy as they can behind bars!


As mentioned, China deals in very cheap food and low daily rations. They usually serve up the cheapest vegetable options, which is mainly radish and cabbage, alongside some bread.Image Source / The TabEgg or meat options are served twice a week, so the inmates are able to get their fix of protein and their favourite meats on some rare occasions...