Breakfast around the World
The variation of breakfast around the world is something so interesting that it will stay in your mind for a long time. Breakfast in some countries really motivates people to wake up. Some countries just pick up a slice of bread and run to work while others have a king-sized sit-down breakfast meal.
I bet there is nothing more interesting to do on a Sunday afternoon than watch pictures of food for breakfast in different countries. Let's start the tour!
Breakfast in Colombia varies vastly by region. If you are staying for a month in Colombia, I bet you'll have a new dish to try for breakfast every day. Arepas are very common for a breakfast dish. But again, they vary in different regions. For example, on the northern coast, you can have arepa'e huevo while in the Andean region, you'll be served Arepa de choclo.
There are various other dishes that Colombians love to have for breakfast like eggs, Tamales, Caldo de Costilla which is a rib broth, changua which is a milk soup with onion, coriander, garlic, water and egg, empanadas, etc. Although coffee (untintico) is favored over everything else, some Colombians also have hot chocolate or orange juice, or other fruit juices for a beverage.
In Brazil, breakfast is not as important as a meal as lunch, and thus it is kept light. The breakfast hours are pretty early, anywhere between 6:30 am to 8 am, depending on the work or school time. Coffee is the most important part of the Brazilian breakfast, and a fun fact- in Portuguese, the translation of breakfast converts to "morning coffee". While some homemade bread and black coffee are served at home, breakfast in cafes may also include fruits, smoothies, cornmeal, other snacks, cakes, and soda. Brunch is almost very unusual for Brazilians, and if you invite them for brunch tomorrow, they'll be all confused.
Puerto Rican breakfast is very similar to an American one. It is a light meal including eggs (mostly scrambled), cereals, fruits, French toast, bacon, sausage, etc. The typical Puerto Rican varieties include cremas, which is a milk-based porridge, pan de Mallorca which is a sweet bread roll, and empanadillas which are fried pastries stuffed with meat and cheese.
In Puerto Rico, it is very common to have straight black coffee with sugar and no milk. It's super bitter, but when you are Puerto Rican, you're taught from a very young age to drink it like that. At a restaurant, the breakfast spread is prettier with a much better presentation. There's also usually more quantity served on your plate.
The Peruvians awake to a simple breakfast unless it's a Sunday when they can give more time to prepare it. A normal weekday breakfast in Peru consists of bread, oats or quinoa accompanied by coffee, juice or an infusion. Peruvians like to keep their breakfast light but that doesn't mean they don't have any variety. On weekends, they cook pork chicharron or sangrecita (spicy beef blood ate with yuca) or picarones (fried sweet potato donuts). In a cafe, you can expect an even more variety like fruits, the bread of all kinds, cheeses, cakes, etc.
Typical Indonesians are rice-eaters, and they eat rice 3 times a day including breakfast. Unlike in other countries, modern Indonesian breakfast varies quite a lot from the traditional one. Traditional dishes include Bubur Lodeh or Ayam which is a porridge or Nasi Goreng which is yellow fried rice accompanied with tea. Most people still consider the traditional dishes while others (mostly kids) go for a modern one which includes boiled egg with milk, plain bread (roti tawar) with butter or chocolate sprinkles. While other countries have cafes for breakfast, Indonesia has a lot of street food sellers called gerobak. They sell a variety of dishes. All in all, Indonesians believe in a heavy and healthy breakfast.
Ah, Americans. We all know Americans are known for fast food. But do they have that for breakfast too? Well, American breakfast can be divided into two categories. One for people who are on the go and the other for people who prefer a hearty sit-down breakfast. The first category mostly includes cereal or a smoothie or fruits or any microwave ready-to-eat packs. The other more hungry category usually eats pancakes, toast, sausage, eggs, hash browns, or an English muffin. Beverages may include coffee or orange juice for adults and milk for kids. Although people do prepare varieties at home, an all American breakfast in a cafe is a dream come true for many non-Americans while Americans are like "Welcome to the Breakfast Club!"
Every country has a different taste coma and has created beautiful dishes for their palette. It is interesting to see how different cultures say 'Good Morning' to their tables. Which country according to you has the most appealing breakfast? Fill out the poll to find out what others think!