Often called the most important meal of the day, many people still skip breakfast altogether. Be it because of time (who has the time to make toast when you’re already 15 minutes late?), lack of appetite, or even just an empty fridge.
For those of us who don’t skip breakfast, it’s usually cereal, toast … maybe some bacon and eggs on the weekends. Many places around the world treat breakfast completely different, though. We’ve collected some of our favorite breakfasts from around the world. Whether you’re looking for something extravagant, or a tasty grab-and-go, check out the list below.
Jok – Thailand
Jok is quite a popular breakfast food in Thailand. It is essentially rice porridge, usually served with an egg and some meatballs made of pork. For those who like it well seasoned, it also comes with slices of ginger and some cilantro. Served hot, this savory dish is popular all around the country. It is not exclusive to breakfast either – many like to enjoy it for lunch or as an afternoon snack. Yum!
Other breakfast dishes include the Thai equivalent of a bowl of cereal and milk – khao tom. It’s somewhat similar to jok, but more of a soup than a porridge. The rice is boiled and then cooked in a soup, before it is seasoned and the other ingredients are added. It usually comes with seafood or fish instead of pork, although that too is an option. This one is a favorite in the Bangkok area!
Onsen Tamago, Nori, and Fried Fish – Japan
A “traditional” Japanese breakfast includes more dishes than most people eat in a full day – starting with onsen tamago (specially prepared eggs) Nori (fried seaweed), miso (vegetable) soup, fried fish, rice, and even some Japanese pickles. Variations here include different types of fish or other seafood, and occasionally some light stir fry with the rice.
Now, of course not all Japanese people have the time (or desire!) to fry up a four-course meal for breakfast – this is usually reserved for special occasions, traditional holidays, or tourists. Everyday breakfasts will almost always be savory, something like rice and fish, or just a quick toast on the go.
Arepa – Colombia
Arepa looks a little like a mix of a pancake and some sort of pita bread – in fact, they are flatbreads made out of maize dough. They’re very popular, and like most kinds of bread they can be served with almost anything. Goat cheese and tomatoes or just butter and salt – the variations are endless.
These flatbreads even come pre-cooked for the Colombian tourist in a hurry, but many prefer to make them at home as they don’t take all that long to make and can be fried in a pan.