I wrote an article about my favourite Top Ten Breakfasts from around the globe for The News Hub.
- String Hoppers
What: String Hoppers are parcels of goodness made out of rice meal or wheat flour. Forming small discs in a stringy texture that resembles spaghetti, the hoppers are cooked together tightly. Traditionally hoppers is served with “Daal”, a creamy thick stew made out of pulses which you dip onto your parcel, finally topping it up with a generous portion (depending how much spice you can handle) of Coconut Chilli Sambal.
Where: Sri Lanka
Why: Although sounding like a quite an unusual breakfast, it really is delicious. As most Sri Lankan’s eat with their hands, you eat this dish as they do, using the hoppers as a shovel to the sweet vegetable daal, topping it up with a bit of spice and flavour with the sambal.
- Uttapam and Masala Chai
What: An Uttapam is made out of rice flour and originates from the family of “dosa’s”. However instead of being thin and crispy, Uttapam’s are instead a soft and doughy flatbread, as if of a pizza. Toppings vary from vegetables, cheese and ham, and are served with a selection of sauces ranging in spice and flavour. Masala Chai is the traditional tea made with a mixture of aromatic spices and herbs.
Where: South India
Why: After weeks of skipping breakfasts in India due to the sheer amount of disgusting dosa’s being served to me, I finally found a tasty breakfast in India, which melted on my tongue and rid me of all past horrors. The Uttapam. Combine this with a Masala Chai (the best tea in the world- don’t knock it til you have tried it) and you are set for the day ahead, feeling refreshed and energized.
- Chorizo and Scrambled Eggs
What: Picture your normal scrambled eggs, tasty but a little bland, and you look into your cupboard for the right condiment to make your breakfast more appealing to you…Lo and behold! You have stumbled upon chorizo: a fermented, cured and smoked sausage with a sprinkle of paprika in the mix.
Why: To help spice up your bland and boring scrambled eggs, chop bits of chorizo onto your breakfast for the tasty sensation of hard and soft, sweet and spicy coming together.
What: Tocino is pork meat from the belly which has been cut into small strips and marinated for some time in a combination of spices (and wine!) This breakfast is served with scrambled eggs and fresh garlic rice.
Why: If you aren’t sold by pork marinated in wine, I am not sure what will. Beating the traditional British bacon, this Filipino dish is a perfect balance of mouth-watering meat, fresh eggs and fragrant garlic rice.
- A Fry Up
What: A full English breakfast is a combination of bacon; fried/poached/scrambled eggs, fried or grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, hash browns, fried bread or toast with butter, sausages and baked beans- minus the Black Pudding, (which is traditionally Scottish).
Why: This heart attack of a breakfast has been eaten by the entire population of England due to its greasy and hangover curing magic. Although not the healthiest breakfast, all the entities of a fry up taste so good on their own, combined together it is perfection.
- Roti Cani and Tea Tarik
What: Roti Canai is a flat bread made from dough and “ghee” (clarified butter). It can be served sweet or savoury, but for breakfast it is usually savoury and served with any side sauce of curry or daal. Roti’s vary in filling ranging from from eggs, cheese, to durian or beer. Tea Tarik is a traditional black tea made with condensed milk.
Why: This tasty dish is cheap and easy to find in Malaysia. All chefs fold over your roti and filling creating a parcel which you can easily use your hands to dip and dunk it with. Wash this breakfast down with a warm sweet cup of Tea Tarik and you’ll be put off Twinning’s for life.
- Pain Au Chocolat
What: A sweet roll made out of the same dough as puff pastry, with small sprinkles of rich dark chocolate on either side.
Where: France and French Canada
Why: Why not? How can anyone refuse a warm flaky croissant with the perfect amount and balance of chocolate, which combines savoury and sweet so well?
- Nasi Goreng
What: Another strange breakfast but a good one. Literally meaning “fried rice”, this is a dish filled with vegetables, garlic and copious amounts of “kecap manis”, sweet soy sauce- which will transform any rice dish, believe me. Top it all off with a fried egg on top and prawn crackers on the side.
Where: Indonesia and Malaysia
Why: A cheap staple dish that can be eaten at any time of the day and warms the soul. The soy sauce that adapts this dish into the Indonesian style is mind blowing.
- American Pancakes
What: A pancake is a flatcake (comprising the texture of a cake in dough) made from a batter consisting of eggs, milk and butter. Here, they add baking power to raise up the pancake – so it can reach its full potential of tastiness. Pancakes can be made sweet or savoury with a wide scope of toppings ranging from: maple syrup, bacon, fruit, honey, whipped cream or fruit.
Where: All Over The World but specifically North America
Why: If you have ever celebrated Pancake Day in the UK, you might agree pancakes are seemingly average. However, pop across the pond and you will find pancakes a whole new revelation: a new texture, a new taste and a whole new range of toppings.
What: Another breakfast that isn’t really a breakfast. Pho consists of a noodle soup that is created with a broth, thin flat noodles, vegetables, spices and meat.
Why: This steaming broth rejuvenates your mind, body and soul. Not only is it delicious, but also nutritious, with the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and vegetables. Plus no need for a warm drink, this will warm you right up.