Did you know that people from the Netherlands top their toast with sprinkles? Or that the Vietnamese eat “broken rice”?
A typical Filipino breakfast can range from pandesal (bread rolls), champorado (chocolate rice porridge), garlic fried rice, and meat—such as tapa (dried or cured beef), longganisa (Spanish sausage), tocino (sweet pork belly), corned beef, or fish such as daing na bangus (salted and dried milkfish), or itlog na pula (salted duck eggs).
In any traditional Japanese household, you’ll find them serving steamed rice, miso soup, grilled fish and various side dishes for their breakfast. Side dishes may include tsukemono (Japanese pickles), nori (dried seasoned seaweed), natto (fermented soy beans), kobachi (small side dishes which usually consist of vegetables), and green salad.
The Chinese have a special version of a doughnut, which is called youtiao (long, golden-brown, deep-fried strip of dough). They’re best served dipped or soaked in soy milk.
For the Malaysians, they have nasi lemak, which is a rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaves, served with a bunch of different garnishes.
The Vietnamese have bì for their breakfast. It’s basically shredded pork mixed with pork skin, eaten with “broken rice”: rice made from fractured and broken grains.
Congee is the breakfast go-to dish for Singaporeans. They usually flavour it with cuttle fish, pork, or eggs.
Koreans are all about their tofu or cabbage soup, rice, pickled veggies, kimchi (of course), and soy-marinated beef.
Southern Indians feast on idli for their breakfast. It’s basically a savoury cake made of black lentils and fermented rice.
Families in the north of India feast on poori masala, a delicious dish made of mashed potatoes, veggies, and spices, served with a side of fried bread.
If you’ve ever been to Israel, shakshuka is always on the menu. It’s composed of onions, peppers, tomato paste, and eggs.
Ful medames is what you will find any Egyptian eating in the morning. It is a dish made from cooked fava beans, parsley, and olive oil, topped with tomatoes and onions. They often pair it with a side of falafels.
People from Kenya and East Africa indulge in their a delicious cardamom-flavoured doughnut, mandazi.
Costa Ricans feast on gallo pinto, a traditional dish made out of rice and beans. Simple.
Yes, Mexicans practically eat nachos for breakfast (the dream). Chilaquiles is what they call it—tortilla chips smothered in green or red sauce and topped with cheese and egg.
Tacacho con cecina are a Peruvian’s favourite breakfast street food.What are they? Roast plantain fritters served with a dollop of pork on top.
The Venezuelans love having cachapas first thing in the morning. Cachapas are corn pancakes filled with cheese and occasionally meat.
Pandebono is a type of cheese bread Colombians pair with their morning coffee.
Brazilians keep it light and simple. They enjoy French bread, coffee, and a bit of fresh fruit (both papaya and cassava are Brazilian’s favourites).
Your typical all-American breakfast can include the following: eggs (scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, poached or an omelette), meat (bacon or sausages), toast with jam, jelly or butter, hash browns, pancakes, cereal, coffee, tea, orange juice or grapefruit juice.
A full English breakfast consists of eggs, toast, beans, sausages, and black pudding.
Hagelslag might be the most colourful and eccentric breakfast dish out of all. People from the Netherlands smother their toast with butter, speculoos, Nutella, or peanut butter topped with… sprinkles!
The French are known for their delightful pastries. So, unlike the Americans or the Filipinos, the French stick to their small portions and go for a cup of coffee and a croissant at home or on the way to work.
The Italians keep it classy with a fresh cup of cappuccino and cornetto. A cornetto is similar to a croissant, but less buttery, and is filled with sweet cream.