Whether you believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day or not, you’ll have to agree with us when we say that this morning snack sets the tone for the entire day. Be it oatmeal, coffee, fruit or bread – there is just something about treating your tongue with deliciousness in the morning! Speaking of which, every little part of the world owns its breakfast peculiarities with pride. We have assembled seven very interesting breakfast habits from different countries that are sure to make your mouth water. Have a look!
For Israelites, food is all about togetherness. Kibbutz, the collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture, made sure that the first ingredient of breakfast was unity. Shakshuka, the common breakfast of this country manifests the same quality. Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in tomato sauce, olive oil, onion and garlic, and is spiced with cumin, paprika, nutmeg and peppers. All these ingredients come together to form a Maghrebi heaven!
For every plus, there’s a minus. Italians don’t even sit down to eat their breakfast, quite literally. Those hunger pangs are satiated by a coffee and a cornetto that the busy-bees eat standing at the coffee-bar right around the corner. Oh, the joys of a simple coffee!
India is all about spices, especially when it comes to the first meal of the day. Be it the Northern aloo parantha, Southern dosa or Western poha, Indians make sure to blend in spices with their breakfast. This practice arises from the ancient Ayurvedic belief of digestion being aided by spices.
Hagelslag, the Dutch baby-baptism party food back from the 1400s has survived till now in the Netherlands. And for all the right reasons. Imagine bread, imagine unsalted butter spread, imagine (chocolate and other) sprinkles! This slice of paradise is enjoyed by the Dutch of all ages, right from the morning.
Whoever said it’s all about balance was probably talking about the classic but complicated Burmese nooldes, Mohinga. Even a little alteration in the amount of ingredients and you might end up tasting non-mohinga. This favourite noodle soup is famous for pleasing all our taste buds, something very rarely achieved in a single bowl! The utterly and unbelievably flavourful breakfast is made using vermicelli noodles, catfish, stems of banana tree, ginger, onion, garlic, lemongrass, fish paste and fish sauce. Hold on! It is then garnished with cilantro, lemon juice, and dried chiles. A flavourful dream indeed!
The Swiss surely know how to start their day on the right foot! Probably the healthiest bowl of breakfast, Switzerland’s Muesli is an interesting, amazingly nutritious and yummy combination of oats, fruits, dried fruits and nuts. Often eaten with yogurt, this flavourful bowl is now also enjoyed as cereal.
A solar system in its own, Korea’s rice and banchan is a native favourite. And why wouldn’t it be? Revolving majorly around rice, the banchan is a palate of small side dishes that are set at the table along with soups and stews. Kimchi is the most loved side dish. These portions allow the diners(or should it be brekkers?) to control what they eat, while allowing them to have a little of everything. A little of everything. What more does one need?
What are some breakfast habits you’ve picked up from around the world? Let us know in the comments!
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