I have a confession: I’ve never been a huge fan of breakfast.
Breakfast is usually cereal hastily gulped down before rushing to school, toast being nibbled at a work desk while reading emails, or in most cases, just a cup of tea slowly getting cold as the demands of the day take priority.
But on weekends, breakfast is an activity to be enjoyed slowly. And then breakfast becomes a spread of my mom’s homecooked traditional Chinese items, a leisurely brunch with friends, a quiet time to myself as I snuggle up with movies in bed…
One of the best things about full-time travel is that days of the week no longer matter. Every day is a weekend day. Everyday, we have the luxury of lingering over a hot breakfast. And indeed, the first question we ask each other upon waking up is often, what do you want to eat for breakfast? We’ve discovered such a delicious and varied world of breakfast, and so I thought it’d be fun to show you how different cultures start their day!
Here’s a look at what breakfast has looked like for us over the past year+!
Oh the English breakfast. It’s certainly not for the weak hearted. This wins for the heaviest breakfast on the planet. If you’re on a tight budget (which is probably the case for most people as London is a ridiculously expensive travel destination) and can only afford one meal a day, then you’d better make it breakfast. Trust me, this is all the energy and calories you will need for the entire day.
Okay, all jests aside, I already wrote a full length post on the English breakfast experience, so check it out here!
Duh, when in France, what else are you going to eat for breakfast? Crossaints are pretty much synonymous with France, and who can resist this buttery and flaky pastry (though I’m more of a fan of the pain au chocolat, as pictured)?
But I gotta admit, currently in Lyon, I’ve been more in favor of a different, yet still very French, kind of food for my first meal…
The charcuterie and cheeses are superb in Lyon and one of our favorite things to do is to hand select a few blocks of cheese, a few cuts of cured meats and pates, a couple baguettes, and put together our own platter. And of course, finish with a strawberry tart, because who said you can’t have dessert after breakfast? ;)
(This is only a once-a-week kind of indulgence! Trust me, neither our wallets nor waistlines can afford to eat like this everyday.)
Rice for breakfast?? Yep, welcome to Asia! Rice with some sort of meat/veggies and a fried egg is a staple. And because this is Thailand, you can expect that your dish will have a pretty strong kick of spice, which is actually an excellent way to work up the appetite in the morning.
China is so large that each region has its own local breakfast. One of the most interesting ones I had was in Wuhu. This local specialty is made up of lightly rice-battered pork and tofu strips over sticky rice. One breakfast item that can be found throughout most of China, though, is warm tofu pudding. This one here is in the savory style with picked veggies and soy sauce.
The Turkish breakfast is one of my favorites, because it’s mostly sweet! Freshly baked simit (sesame rings) are accompanied with a wide assortment of jams, spreads, cheeses, salads, and my favorite: clotted cream and honey. And of course, wash it all down with multiple cups of Turkish tea.
Quite a few Asian countries do rice + meat + eggs for breakfast, but what makes the Filipino one stand out for me is the garlic rice (as I’m obsessed with anything garlic)! My preferred meat option is tapsilog, which are spiced, dried, and grilled pieces of meat. And since we were on Boracay, you can’t beat a side of fresh mango.
There’s no better way to get an authentic regional breakfast than getting it made by a local. We were lucky to be able to stay with D’s relatives both times we visited Warsaw, and eat a full breakfast everyday prepared by the house staff. Breakfast always consists of eggs, sausages, tomato slices, cheese, and bread with butter. A solid start to the day.
The food culture in Buenos Aires draws heavily from French and Italian influences, and breakfast is no exception. Crossaints is the popular pastry of choice, but I quite enjoyed this ham and cheese sandwich. I find that the people in Buenos Aires like their eggs (like the poached egg here) rather on the runny side, which I’m not a fan of. Orange juice and coffee (tea for me) come with most breakfast sets.
Dim sum is the traditional breakfast choice in Hong Kong. We often got a couple of steamer baskets of shrimp dumplings and shumai (and braised chicken feet for D!). I also really like the steamed minced pork patty over rice. It may sound (and look) really plain but the meat is so flavorful and the steaming of it ensures that it’s soft. Yummm!
I think Vietnam wins for my favorite breakfast! To me, there is nothing as comforting as a big steamy bowl of noodle soup, and I gotta say that pho is my favorite one of all. Pho in the north comes mostly unadorned while in the south, it’s dressed with all kinds of fresh herbs. Either style is absolutely delicious!
What is your all time favorite breakfast food?
This post is linked up to The Weekly Postcard.