Breakfast is the most important meal of the day or so they say. When you’re on the road, a good breakfast will set you up for a busy day of sightseeing. Breakfast is also an interesting window into the culture and eating habits of the country in which you’re visiting.
So, what’s for breakfast around the world?
There’s nothing more filling than a full English breakfast. It’s a meal that will line your stomach and give you plenty of energy for the day ahead. A “full English” consists of toast, sausages, eggs, bacon, baked beans, hashbrowns, mushrooms and tomatoes. Sometimes greasy but always delicious. It’s the number one breakfast at hotels in the UK. You’ll find the full English breakfast on offer at expat pubs around the world too.
Similar to it’s English counterpart, the full Irish breakfast has the added bonus of soda bread, black pudding and white pudding. What’s black pudding you ask? Well, you may not want to eat it if I tell you! Black pudding is a sausage made of congealed blood. White pudding is a sausage made from pork fat, bread and oatmeal. It’s not for everyone but many people do love it.
A stack of pancakes is the quintessential American breakfast. Thick, fluffy and topped with sweet syrupy goodness. Chain restaurants like IHOP (International House of Pancakes) have dozens of iterations of the pancake stack but maple syrup and butter or strawberry syrup and whipped cream are delicious options. Best served with a cup of black coffee to cut the sweetness.
Breakfast in France is light affair. You won’t find any greasy fry-ups here! The French keep it simple with a bowl of café au lait – a large milky coffee. Sometimes served with a chunk of baguette or a croissant. It’s certainly not filling, just a little caffeine to give you a kick in the morning, but chances are you’ll be having a long, languid lunch at a French bistro.
In much of Asia there’s no difference between a breakfast meal and any other meal. The Vietnamese favour a delicious bowl of steaming pho for breakfast. It’s a common sight to see people slurping up this delicious soup on street corners across Vietnam. Pho is a wonderful concoction – a light but intensely flavoured broth, rice noodles, beef or chicken and greens. Mmm… I know what I’d rather have for breakfast!
What’s for breakfast in your corner of the world?
If you ever go to Japan, you’ll find that many Japanese people will eat little rice balls filled with mostly fish called onigiris. It’s quick, easy, and surprising very tasty. However, I would love to be able to find a good Vietnamese pho place though! My favorite!