13 Breakfast Plates Around the World (Slideshow)
October 11, 2013
From congee in China to churros in Brazil, here are some common breakfasts from around the world
A breakfast in Japan is often light, savory, and simple. A bowl of miso soup and rice or rice porridge is often the main part of the meal, sometimes accompanied by a piece of cooked fish and some pickled vegetables, and of course a cup of green tea.
Congee, rice porridge, is a popular comfort food and breakfast item in China, as well as several other Asian countries. The savory porridge can be eaten plain, or topped with anything from ground meat to squid.
In Korea, a typical breakfast consists of foods that could be found at lunch or dinner as well: a stew of some sort, rice, and several side dishes, such as kimchi, spinach, and spicy cucumbers.
A typical breakfast in India varies depending on region, but is often quite similar to a lunch or dinner. A breakfast plate in India 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.
Depending on the region of Mexico, typical breakfast items may vary slightly, but often include ingredients such as corn tortillas, eggs, beans, and sauces, compiled in different way. One common breakfast item is chilaquiles — fried corn tortilla chips topped with green or red salsa (or mole) eggs, pulled chicken, cheese, and refried beans.
In Spain, a typical morning might start out sweet, with a serving of chocolate con churros (hot chocolate with churros). The stick-shaped churros are served with a thick hot chocolate, used as a dip.
A breakfast item now enjoyed in several parts of the world — muesli — has its roots in Switzerland. Here, the cereal blend of oat flakes, nuts and raisins, or other types of dried fruit, is often eaten with yogurt.
The soft corn flatbread arepa is eaten in Venezuela throughout the day, but most commonly served in the morning stuffed with different fillings such as cheese, meat, or beans.
Steaming warm, fresh-from-the-oven
pao de queijos, round-shaped "cheese buns," are a breakfast staple in
Brazil. Fresh fruit or berries, such as the exotic acai, are also commonly
enjoyed in the morning.
A hearty bowl of oat–based porridge, puuro, is a common breakfast in Finland, often served with milk, fresh or frozen berries, and a bit of butter.
In Burma, a morning might start out with a plate of sticky fried rice topped with boiled yellow beans. This savory dish is called kaut nyin paung, and is sometimes served with fried fish and a cup of green tea.
A smörgås, or open-faced sandwich, is a typical breakfast item in Sweden. Two slices of bread are often eaten, topped with a thin spread of butter and a combination of toppings including ham, cheese, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, and hard-boiled egg.