Throughout the world, “breakfast” is an important cultural tradition associated with the beginning of a new day. Because “breakfast” is such an important meal, many countries have developed their own unique culinary delights to start each day.
Breakfast in America: Eggs, English muffins, toast, cereal, tea, coffee, milk, bacon or sausage, hash browns, and fruit and fruit juices.
Breakfast in Canada: Canadian maple pancakes and syrup, Canadian bacon, eggs, English muffins, toast, cereal, tea, coffee, milk, hash browns, and fruit and fruit juices.
Breakfast in the UK: Tea and coffee, toast, bacon, sausage, grilled kidneys, eggs, grilled tomato and mushrooms, cold oatmeal or cereal, smoked fish, buns, muffins and whole wheat bread with butter, honey, jam or marmalade.
Breakfast in Russia: Hot tea, breads such as black bread, sausages, fried eggs, pickled cucumber pickles, sandwiches made with ham and cheese, smoked salmon on whole wheat bread, Kasha (cereal), and tvorog (soft cottage cheese) are popular breakfast foods.
Breakfast in Australia: Eggs, toast with butter and jam, cereals with milk and tea or coffee. Baked spaghetti or beans and bacon on toast are also a popular morning meal.
Breakfast in China: Mainly rice with a little vegetables and meat.
Breakfast in Central America: Variety of dishes with eggs, chorizo and other cold cuts, tortillas, sweet bread, fresh fruits and fruit juices and fried bananas. Chocolate drinks are popular for breakfast. Refried beans, fried rice, and tortillas are also part of the meal.
Breakfast in South America: South Americans enjoy a light breakfast. Food may include coffee with milk, sweet bread, croissants (small croissants), and tea or yerba mate.
Breakfast in Turkey: Turkish breakfasts can include: tea, coffee, bread, soft butter and honey, their böregi (noodle paste filled with soft white cheese and parsley), hard-boiled eggs, black olives, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Breakfast in Israel: Western breakfasts are popular, as are yogurt, herring, cucumbers, tomatoes, and fruit.
Breakfast in France: Coffee with milk, espresso, hot chocolate with tartines, baguette slices with jam, black bread; scrambled eggs with mushrooms and tomatoes.
Breakfast in Holland: Poached eggs with ham on toast with cheese or bread and butter.
Breakfast in Germany: Rolls or toast with butter, honey or jam, ham or sausage, soft-boiled eggs and coffee.
Breakfast in Switzerland: Slices of meats, cheese, yogurt, prepared fruits, butter, croissants, and breads and rolls.
Breakfast in Greece: Bread, cheese, fruit and coffee.
Breakfast in Italy: Brioche (type of croissant) and a cappuccino or coffee.
Breakfast in Belgium: Bread with coffee or tea, fruit juice, cereals, soft-boiled eggs, currant loaves, croissants, sandwiches, and almond paste cakes.
Breakfast in Sweden: Bread with margarine and cheese, smoked ham or turkey, yogurt with muesli and banana and cereal.
Breakfast in Ireland: Fried meats, fried bread, black and white blood sausages and Irish soda bread.
Breakfast in Scotland: Arbroath (small haddock) smoked oat cakes, buns and porridge, whole wheat bread and butter.
Breakfast in India: Food varies from region to region. Popular foods may include spiced eggs, potatoes and onions, coffee, fruit and yogurt, appam (thin rice cakes filled with seasoned meat or potatoes and vegetables), idi-appam (rice noodles with sweet coconut milk or curry meat), idli (small steamed cakes made with rice and peas) and puttu (shredded rice and coconut steamed and served with bananas and milk). Khichri hindi breakfast dish is made with rice, lentils, and spices.
Breakfast is a ritual that is practiced all over the world. Unique cultural differences make breakfast an important and delicious culinary tradition.