Amazing Breakfasts Around the World
Travelers going to Japan dream of sushi and sake, and someone en route to Italy probably can’t wait for that first slurp of pasta. But breakfast, though humble, is still steeped in history and culture. Better still, in many countries you can eat as well in the a.m. as you can in the afternoon.
By Chris Malloy, CNTraveler.com
FULL IRISH BREAKFAST
Bacon, fried eggs, black pudding (blood sausage), white pudding (blood sausage minus the blood), fried tomatoes, and soda bread could make up an Irish breakfast. The components vary based on where in Ireland you’re eating. Usually, this hefty plate comes with a glass of juice or mug of tea. It isn’t uncommon, however, especially in pubs, to wash all of this down with a Guinness.
The Lebanese (and other people in the Middle East) strain yogurt for added thickness, to the point that it isn’t quite yogurt anymore. It’s labneh, and it’s on the breakfast menu. Drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with mint, paired with olives and cucumbers, the creamy meal takes on a savory disguise that seems unusual but tastes refreshing.
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MISO SOUP, RICE, PICKLES
Like eggs, miso soup doesn’t take long to cook—which makes it a great breakfast food. Miso soup—at its most basic, a blend of miso (fermented bean paste) and dashi (stock)—anchors the traditional Japanese breakfast. The soup can be salty or sweet depending on the miso, and loaded with veggies or other additions depending on the cook’s imagination.