Breakfast, as we all know, is the most important meal of the day. But it’s not always enjoyed with eggs, bacon and stack of pancakes. What may seem like a strange breakfast to Americans could be someone else’s favorite weekend treat. Below, we’ve investigated breakfasts from a few countries that our visitors often come from!
First up, Japan. Believe it or not, miso soup and rice are commonly found on a Japanese breakfast plate. Add a side of grilled fish or some pickled vegetables and you’ve got yourself a breakfast feast. Unlike the United States, a Japanese breakfast is not intended to be filling or heavy, so dishes are not often rich, deep fried or greasy.
Similar to the Japanese, a Chinese breakfast might also consist of a broth, but this time soy bean. With the broth, there might be a side of sweet, fried bread for dipping. If you’re not interested in broth, there are always sweet buns or sweet tofu pudding. On the savory side, wheat and rice noodles are popular breakfast options, paired with meat and vegetables. Unlike the Japanese breakfast, the Chinese breakfast is not necessarily light. It can often be full of sugar and salt, which makes for a delicious way to start the day.
European breakfasts are often light, something like coffee and bread will be enough to tie someone over until a mid-morning snack or lunch. The Dutch are no exception to this rule. However, if you’re feeling a bit hungrier, you could top your bread with meats, cheeses, spreads, and fruits to bulk up your meal.
In Spain, breakfast is still the smallest meal of the day. But if you’re lucky, you might get a sugary churro con chocolate as your Sunday morning breakfast treat. A sugary pastry dipped in hot, rich chocolate. Yum! If you’re feeling adventurous, learn how to make your own churros here for your next big breakfast.
And of course, there is the traditional American breakfast. Eggs, bacon, toast, and if you’re lucky, a short stack of pancakes! A great way to get your visitor involved is to introduce them to new foods and traditions. Next time you have a visitor staying with you on a lazy Sunday, teach them how to make your favorite pancake recipe!