Normally I delete the random forwards that are sent to my inbox without reading them. This one however caught my attention, enough for me to share it with everyone else. Knowing my love for food and everything food related, my mother sent me a forward aptly titled “Breakfasts From Around the World”. It was an eye-opener, educating me in what people eat in different parts of the world in the morning. From large feasts to simple breads, this email was literally delectable. It was an insight into how culture plays a large role in determining the eating habits of people globally. Considering breakfast is the most important meal of the day, hats off to whoever compiled this list. It is a definitely something that should be shared with the world at large. The email was rather large and comprehensive, hence I will divide it into a few parts. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Traditional English Breakfast
A full English breakfast comprises of eggs, baked beans, sausage, mushrooms, hash browns and toast, with the option of including traditional English black pudding. No English Breakfast would be complete without the inclusion of a strong cup of tea.
Breakfast in Egypt
Egyptian mornings begin with Foul Madamas. It is a dish made from fava beans, chickpeas, garlic and lemon. A hearty dish topped with hard boiled egg, olive oil and chopped celery.
Breakfast in France
Freshly baked croissants are synonymous with French breakfast. These crisp, flaky croissants are accompanied by either butter or jam or filled with almonds, chocolate or raisins. The air around Parisian Boulangeries will be filled with the aromas of freshly baked croissants every morning.
Breakfast in Hawaii
Tropical fruits are a must in Hawaii and that is how most Hawaiians start their day. A bowl of fresh fruit with a bagel on the side. A healthy way to begin the day.
Breakfast In Iran
A light weekday breakfast in Iran consists of Naan Bread or flat wheat bread with butter and jam. However on special occasions or weekends, the Iranians indulge in Haleem, a hearty dish made from lentils, shredded meat and wheat, cooked on a low flame for a long period of time. Accompanied by fried onions, lemons, coriander and green chillies, Haleem is sure to keep them going for the whole day.
Breakfast in Jordan
Jordanian breakfast consists of Khubz (flat bread) served with hummous, labneh and olive oil. They are served with falafel and pickled vegetables. I enjoyed them thoroughly during my time spent in Jordan.
Breakfast in Malaysia
Living in Malaysia, I can vouch for the fact that Malaysians place a lot of emphasis on breakfast. Mamak stalls through out the country at full of people in the early hours of the morning. Their staples consist of Nasi Goreng, rice with a spicy sauce, boiled egg and fried anchovies and Mee Goreng, fried egg noodles with vegetables. Most hotel breakfast buffets in Malaysia have these staples on their menu.
Breakfast In Morocco
There is a lot of emphasis on different kinds of bread in a Moroccan breakfast. The most known of Moroccan breads is Baghir, made from semolina its a cross between a scone and a crumpet and Maloui, flat bread. These are accompanied by hard boiled eggs dipped in cumin, yoghurt and fresh fruit.
Breakfast in Poland
Traditionally, Polish breakfast is known for its Jajecznica, which is scrambled eggs cooked with bacon, smoked ham, fried onions and chives. This is eaten with their traditional cheese bread known as kielbasa and cold cuts.
Breakfast in Pakistan
A hearty breakfast in Pakistan consists of Aloo Paratha, which is wheat flat bread stuffed with spicy potatoes, served with fried eggs and raita (yoghurt dip). Another popular breakfast staple in Pakistan in Khagina, scrambled eggs made with spices, chopped tomatoes, onions and green chillies. All served with a hot cup of home brewed tea.
Breakfast in Iceland
Mornings in Iceland begin with a hearty bowl of Hafragrautur to keep the body warm. It is essentially an oatmeal porridge cooked with milk and topped with brown sugar, raisins and nuts.
The remaining countries will be covered in the next few posts. Although I have taken the pictures and the essence from the forwarded email I received, I have researched and re-written each paragraph, with input from my own experiences too. Hope you enjoyed the list, there is still a lot more to come.