Breakfast around the World

Puto Maya with ripe mango and hot Chocolate

Breakfast is considered as the most essential meal of the day. It’s the meal that fuels you the energy you need and helps you kick off your active day. Apart from that, foods for breakfast contain important nutrients such as Calcium, Iron, Protein, Fiber, and lots of Vitamins. These are the most important nutrients our body needs and influences a lot on how we carry out tasks physically and mentally.

However, some people don’t feel like eating their breakfast for some reasons. Might be that they’re too busy or they just don’t feel hungry until 10am. But not me! Oh how I love this meal. If only I could, I’d like to have pancakes, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, sausages, and cheese every morning! Are you salivating yet? On the other hand, you need to keep in mind that a balanced diet is still your priority. So eating sausages everyday may not sound so good too.

Additionally, in travelling around the world, one must also know what do the locals in the place you’re travelling to, eat in their meals. Of course, breakfast foods differ widely from place to place. Take a look at different types of foods people from different countries eat for breakfast.

Japan

A traditional Japanese first meal consists of a bowl of Miso soup and steamed rice or rice porridge, and various side dishes like cooked fish and some pickled vegetables, and of course a cup of green tea.

Japanese breakfast
Japanese morning meal

India

A traditional Indian morning meal depends on each region but you might be surprised that they almost eat similar dishes to lunch and dinner. Their breakfast might include roti (flatbread), dosas (thin crepes made of lentils) or idlis (steamed rice-dough pancakes), and different dips and chutneys, as well as spiced potatoes.

Indian breakfast
Indian morning meal

Singapore

Kaya is like a jam made from coconut, egg and Pandan leaves. It is served on toasted bread with a thick layer of margarine. If you like to start the day with a hearty breakfast, a set of Kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs and Singapore-style coffee or tea is definitely perfect.

Singaporean breakfast
Singaporean morning meal

Australia

Recently, a new breakfast trend in Australia includes Cereal with veggies. It may sound very unattractive to start your day but it is actually rich in all the nutrients you need especially if milk or yoghurt and top it with nuts or seeds. So that’s calcium, protein, and fiber all in one serving!

Australian breakfast
Australian morning meal

Germany

I love Philippines’ traditional morning meal but this German style breakfast is by far my favorite one. I think it has everything in it that a person wouldn’t say NO for breakfast no matter how busy or lazy he/she might be. A good, traditional breakfast includes bread, toast, and/or rolls, multiple jams and honey, boiled eggs, cold meats, such as ham and salami, lots of different cheeses (which makes it perfect for me!), fruit and vegetables, and smoked fish all washed down with a strong cup or pot of tea or coffee. Aren’t those irresistible? Hmmm….

German breakfast
German morning meal

 

Brazil

Brazillian breakfast consists of a strong coffee or suco (juice), freshly baked bread (usually it is Pão Francês) with butter or margarine, and a Papaya fruit. It’s easy to prepare and very much ideal for those who want to eat light.

 

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Russia

Traditional Russian breakfast is very simple and some people who travel Russia find it unappetizing since it’s just too common. Russian breakfast includes fried eggs, porridge, sandwich with butter or jam, tvorog (similar to cottage cheese), pancakes, some fruits, and/or cereal for breakfast.

Russian breakfast
Russian morning meal

Colombia

A main food for morning meal in Colombia is the Arepa or corn cake topped with butter or fried egg, meat, or jam. Though most of them eat Calentado (which means “heated”), this is a dish made of the night-before’s leftovers which are then reheated the next morning for their breakfast. It is then served with fried egg and a hot chocolate drink.

Colombian morning meal
Colombian morning meal

England

Full English breakfast is a healthy English morning meal that includes eggs, sausage, bacon, beans, mushrooms, and cooked tomato and with of course a cup of coffee or tea especially originated in England. Almost everything in their breakfast is fried, so it’s commonly called as ‘fry-up’.

English morning meal
fry-up

Turkey

Turkish morning meal
Turkish morning meal

A traditional breakfast in Turkey consists of bread, cheese, butter, olives, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, jam, honey, and kaymak. It can also include sucuk, a spicy Turkish sausage, and Turkish tea. It is often set out as a buffet as you can see in the photo.

Trivia:

  • Kaymak is a creamy dairy product similar to clotted cream, made from the milk of water buffalos, cows, sheep, or goats in Central Asia, some Balkan countries, Turkic regions, Iran and Iraq.  Read more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaymak
  • Sujuk is a dry, spicy sausage which is eaten from the Balkans to the Middle East and Central Asia. Read more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sujuk

South Africa

Putu Pap
Putu Pap

Hot cereal or porridge, often made with corn and called “putu pap,” is a common first meal here. Putu pap is a porridge made from corn meal and is the main food of southern Africa. Putu pap is also known as krummelpap, which means “crumbly porridge”.

South Korea

South Korean typical meal
South Korean typical meal

A Korean morning meal looks noticeably similar to a Korean dinner. There’s rice, soup, the ever-present kimchi, some type of fish or beef, and other leftovers from the previous night’s dinner. But if you ask the locals, their basic breakfast always include the basics – rice, kimchi, and soup.

 

Israel

The Israeli morning meal is a dairy meal, and a variety of cheeses are offered unlike in many countries where there are varieties of meats except fish such as smoked or pickled fish, sardines, and salmon. Just like any other countries, egg dishes are also served in breakfast, fresh vegetables and fruits, coffee, tea, and bread and pastries.

Israeli morning meal
Israeli morning meal

Hawaii

A healthy Hawaiian breakfast – Fruits, fruits, and fruits! Sometimes bagel is included in their menu but forget it, you’ll be fascinated with all the tropical fruits they serve for breakfast.

Hawaiian Fruity morning meal
Hawaiian Fruity morning meal

Philippines

Filipino breakfast
Filipino breakfast

There are a wide variety of traditional breakfast in Philippines depending on regions. Typically in a normal morning it includes white rice or garlic fried rice, fried eggs, pan de sal (small bread rolls with coffee, corned beef, salted fish, and ripe mangoes.

Puto Maya with ripe mango and hot Chocolate
Puto Maya with ripe mango and hot Chocolate

On other days especially on weekends when family members don’t go rushing in the morning, their breakfast would include Puto Maya with native hot chocolate drink. And when we say Philippines breakfast – it’s all about the local fruits here. Mangoes are popular fare to keep you regular.

How about in your country? What is your morning meal like? What did you have for breakfast today? Share it with us in the comments below.

Christmas in Philippines

***HAPPY HOLIDAYS***

Christmas is indeed the happiest time of the year. Many countries celebrate it in different ways. Some are based on their religious beliefs and some are celebrating it for commercial purposes only. Whatever reasons they have, I’d like to share with you this one particular country that celebrates Christmas interestingly and it’s no other than, Philippines!

PHILIPPINES’ CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

***Decorations***

It is believed that Philippines have the longest Christmas season in the world. As early as September, people in their homes and shops can be heard playing the Christmas carols. It marks the start of the long and happy season.  Moreover, Filipinos start to decorate Christmas ornaments and gorgeous lights in their homes and shops. The most popular decoration is the “Parol”. It is made of a colored Japanese paper or cellophane and Bamboo sticks. They are formed together into a big star lantern which is then lighted at the center. The Parol represents the star the guided the three Wise Men to where the baby Jesus was born.

Christmas Parol
Parol

***Longest Celebration***

Formally, 16th of December is the start of celebration. Catholic people go to churches starting on that day to attend the “9 early morning masses” or “Misa de Gallio”; that is from 16th of December until the Christmas Day. 80% of the Philippines’’ population is Catholics so no wonder it is the most important and celebrated holiday. Catholics believe that if they fulfilled the 9 early morning masses, their Christmas wishes will be granted. Outside the church, vendors sell the traditional food especially popular in this holiday season such as “Puto bumbong” and “Tsokolate”. Mind you these foods are sold in no time so you must be in the church early if you like to taste them.

 

Misa de Gallio in Christmas season
Misa de Gallio is one of the popular custom in Philippines.
Puto bumbong
Puto bumbong is  a type of puto or rice cake named after the bamboo tube in which it is steamed. 

Click to learn the recipe of Puto Bumbong.

Tsokolate
Tsokolate is a thick hot chocolate specially made from cacao balls.

***Surely Fun***

On the Christmas Eve, many people stay awake all night and wait for the clock to strike at 12:00. They usually sing Karaoke, play games, cook special desserts, drink alcohol, and/or take each other’s pictures to keep themselves awake. People attend the Christmas Eve mass earlier in the evening. Then they will gather together to eat Noche Buena or midnight feast after going back to their homes they It is a big and special meal joined by all the members of the family and friends. Popular Noche Buena dishes include the Lechon or roasted pig, Ham, Fruit Salad, Puto bumbong, and Coke. Most people have the Exchanging of Presents in which each family members bring gifts and give to other members of the family after eating the Noche Buena. It is the most awaited part of the holiday since everyone get to receive surprising presents.

Noche Buena
Noche Buena

On the other hand, Christmas in Philippines is mixed with Western traditions too, which means that they also have Santa Claus, Christmas trees and cards. The celebrations continue to the First Sunday in January when Epiphany or the Feast of the Three Kings is celebrated. After this day, people start to put away their decorations.

How about in your country? How do you traditionally celebrate Christmas? Feel free to write it down in the Comments section. Happy Holidays!