With every nook and corner of this globe, breakfast has always been an important affair. While few countries love to really breakfast like a king, a handful simply chooses to keep simple.
Whatever may it be, knowing what the rest of the world eats has always been quite interesting as well as surprising. Bawarchi brings you a list of countries and their choice of breakfast before starting the day that will just trigger you to become the new gastronomist in town!
Text by: Poornima Hariharan
An ideal English Breakfast
Go to any star hotel and the first thing your eyes will feast on is the famous English Breakfast.
An ideal English Breakfast comprises of bacons, beans, eggs, sausages, hash browns, toasts and mushrooms accompanied by black tea. Ok, that's quite a gorgeous breakfast!
What the Israelis eat?
Every morning, the Israelis treat their stomach with a sumptuous variety of soft and hard cheeses, fresh breads, olives, jams, fresh juices and not to miss the butter.
This might sound quite fatty but hey this is breakfast we are talking about! Let say more food, less concern!
The simple Polish
We hear that an ideal and traditional Polish breakfast will include scrambled eggs covered by kielbasa (traditional Polish sausages) and potato pancakes.
Well, isn't that the most simplest and delicious breakfast?
The Spanish style
It looks like the Spanish just love to keep their breakfast as simple as possible.
Spanish's most popular breakfast is Pan a la Catalana - few bread sliced rubbed with garlic, a lot of ripe tomatoes drizzled with salt and olive oil.
If you think it's too simple for you go on and add cheese, sausages and ham for the punch!
The Italian surprise
When say Italian, you would be thinking, these guys will be brimming with a range of food to devour on early in the morning!
But no! They are quite content with their 'cappuccino e cornetto' or to say in English, cappuccino and croissant! Who knows, perhaps they are heading right now for a larger than lunch and dinner to make it up!
The light and healthy Philippines
Breakfasts of Philippines consists of lots of fruits especially mangoes. Those who are in for a long and tough day can opt for rice and sausages.
Now Philippines make their sausages quite interesting. While their normal sausage is called as longganisa, there is another called sinangag, sausage fried with garlic cloves and salt. The latter is consumed by combining with meat, beans and eggs.
Well, quite a healthy start indeed!
Peeping into an American's plate
Apparently, Americans love pancakes! Most of them opt for thick pancake drizzled with syrup and berries of their choice.
And those who wish to keep their morning meal light will go for muesli.
It looks like the quickest of breakfasts! With Americans, it is no wonder!
Feel like the French
French love their Le Croissant! With the kind of diversity they boast, it's indeed quite unbelievable that these foodies keep their breakfast so light and simple.
For the extra punch, all they do is add some chocolate, cream, butter or nuts!
That's all! See how quickly they get going!
The magnificent India
Ah... India! Our very land that boasts with its plethora of food!
For the kind of diversity we enjoy, one cannot say this is India's breakfast for it varies from region to region.
While the southern part enjoys various delicacies like Adai, Idly, Dosa, Utthappam, the northern regions excite our taste buds with tofu scrambles, paneer, parathas, roasted potatoes and so on.
Undoubtedly, the very first meal is as magnificent as the land itself!
The Thai cuisine
From what we here, Thai usually keep all their three meals a simple affair.
For breakfast, the people widely prefer spicy fish, spicy and sweet pork to go with rice.
As a bonanza to foodies, this is not only exceedingly yummy but it is cheap too.
Maybe, we should all learn it from the Thais on how to save our pockets while still silencing our rumbling stomach richly!
The complex Canadian
Canadians' traditional breakfast is perogies - dumplings that are boiled, fried or baked usually and stuffed with potatoes, cheese, fruit or sauerkraut.
If you are still feeling hungry, there you have sausages and toasts!
An ideal bite until your next hunger pangs turn up!
The Mexican delight!
A plate of this sumptuous breakfast is just enough to keep you full for all day!
On a usual day, Mexicans indulge themselves in beef, cheese, nachos and beans. And the kind of spiciness that add, I'm sure we just can't get over that tanginess!
Oh, then here's the Russians
Like Americans, even Russians love their pancakes, but they just have a different name to it - Oladi!
This pancake resembles more or less Yorkshire pudding. They are simply fried aiming for a softer inside and crispy outside.
The best combination for these pancakes would be honey, berries, jam and sour cream.
Well, evidently, Russians are no less when it comes to a burp triggering breakfasts!
From the plate of Vietnam
An ideal Vietnamese day starts with porridge or semolina mixed with meat.
Usually they stick with pork porridge, Chinese doughnuts, pork heart (sliced), bean sprouts and blood pudding.
Well, now it is quite clear how much the Vietnamese love their meat.
The Japanese style of break fasting
A major chunk of Japanese prefers to start their day with Tofu. Tofu is usually consumed along with rice and fish. When it is soaked in soya sauce, yummm.. you are treated with one of the globe's healthiest and tastiest breakfast. Perhaps, we could take a leaf out of their cookbook for a healthier start indeed!
The Chinese counterpart
Perhaps Chinese are so busy with their development that they just prefer to keep all of their meal simple.
When you are in the land of China, you can look forward to taste some exceptionally delicious noodles, fried vegetables, rice and the famous 'sticky chicken'.
Simple, yet, definitely opulent!
No, it's not Turkish Delight!
Trust me, the Turkish don't always stick with their famous and mouth watering 'Turkish Delight' but rather choose to keep their breakfast quite simple.
In fact, a Turk's breakfast has never gone without the inclusion of a range cheeses and butter.
On the other hand, their early morning plates typically comprise of tomatoes, olives, eggs, honey, jam, cucumbers and spicy meat.
That's a lot of food for a great start!
Exploring a Pakistani's plate
When you hit the land of Pakistan, the first thing that will impress you is the aroma of Aloo Paratha wafting in the air! While ghee is added to the dough, it is usually stuffed with boiled and tempered potatoes before rolled out and thrown in the tava for getting cooked.
For the best combination, you could just team it with chutneys, spice sauces, butter or Pakistani/Indian based curries.
Ohhh... so much deliciousness from this tiny land!