How does the saying go? Breakfast like a king, lunch like a Queen and dine like a pauper? Cultures all over the world seem to agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We pick our top seven breakfasts from around the world and ask you….what’s your favourite breakfast?
1.) The Full English
This classic, gut-busting, heart-attack-inducing morning meat feast is served in bed and breakfast and greasy spoon establishments up and down the UK. The full works includes bacon, sausages, eggs, black pudding (that’s blood sausage to those who don’t know), fried mushrooms, baked beans, fried tomato, fried bread, and maybe some chips on the side. It should all be washed down with a cup of over-brewed builders tea and a long sit-down to recover afterwards.
2.) Polish breakfast
Simply called Jajecznica to the Polish, this traditional morning fare is made up of scrambled eggs covered with slices of kielbasa (sausage) and joined together by two potato pancakes. Yummy!
3.) A Spanish breakfast
Available throughout Spain, but perhaps best in the northern province of Catalonia, this Spanish classic is deceptively simple. Called pan con tomate, it is nothing more than freshly toasted bread rubbed with garlic, plenty of ripe tomato, a little salt and drenched in olive oil. You can top it with ham, cheese or chorizo for a bit of extra protein, and is best enjoyed with a Spanish café con leche (coffee with milk).
4.) Moroccan breakfast
With pita and sweet breads, chutney, cheese and butter, a Moroccan breakfast should be accompanied by plenty of sweet mint tea.
5.) Italian breakfast
The Italians, along with the French, don’t seem to pay much attention to breakfast, preferring to eat on the run. However their lack of attention to the first meal of the day doesn’t make it any less stylish. Make like an Italian and grab a cappuccino and cornetto (croissant) as you race to work.
6.) A Filipino breakfast
A delicious and healthy breakfast that seems to include just about every food group, a morning meal in the Philippines is heavy on the local fruits, in particular mango. Then there is rice, and sinangag (sausage fried with salt and garlic), which is then combined with eggs meats and beans. You probably won’t need to eat for the rest of the day. This type of meal is common in many of the local restaurants. Bigger cities like, Manila even have hotels that offer breakfast buffets with foods ranging from exotic fruits to spiced meats. Booking a Manila hotel can provide you with an opportunity to try one of these lavish feasts.
7.) An Iranian breakfast
A breakfast in Iran is a veritable feast. Consisting of a variety of flat breads (naan-e sangak, naan-e lavash and more), butter, Tabrizi white cheese (which is a bit like Indian paneer), feta, sweetened whipped cream and a variety of fruit jams and spreads, it is usually served with plenty of sweet tea.
What’s your favourite breakfast?