Local breakfasts around the world


Often when we discuss local cuisine we talk about what a normal meal would consist of. By ‘normal meal’, we mean dinner, but breakfasts around the world also come in all shapes and forms, and we were curious about the breakfasts of our local contacts abroad. So we asked them: What does a standard breakfast in your country look like?

1.    Breakfast in Peru

“A standard breakfast in my country is based around Peruvian tamales, coffee, and an onion salad. Tamales are made of corn, but they vary across the country. In the Andean part of Peru, they call it ‘humita’. Tamales can have chicken or meat inside and often they’re wrapped in banana leaves.”

For those of you who didn’t know, tamale is a traditional Mesoamerican dough dish. Look at the picture, you’ll see!

2.     Breakfast in Brazil

At 2 glimpse we made our own “Pão de Queijo”. What do you think....?

“Minas Gerais (a state in Brazil) is famous for its food. Something typical is “Pão de Queijo” (Cheese Bread). It is so delicious that many other states have adopted it as a breakfast. You cannot stop eating it once you start. The best part is that each family has its own traditional recipe!”

Are you interested in making it yourself? This is all you need:


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 ounces tapioca flour or sour manioc flour (about 2 cups)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

Let us know how they turn out :-)!

3.     Breakfast in Morocco

“Breakfast is sacred here! We say that when a Moroccan does not have his or her glass of tea in the morning, the day starts with bad luck. And normally tea goes with traditional meals that are called Batbout and are filled with Mortadella”

Batbout is the Moroccan equivalent of the Middle Eastern pita bread! Still rings no bells? It’s a type of soft flatbread!

4.     Breakfast in Italy

“A standard breakfast in my country is all about a pastry and something like coffee and water or an optional fruit juice”

We’d expect Italians to enjoy their delicious coffee in the morning, but what type of pastries do they eat? An example is a ‘cornetto’ which is a sort of Italian croissant, hmmm….

5.    Breakfast in Nepal

Our contact of Nepal send us pictures of his Nepali breakfast. As you can see it includes the Nepali chiya tea. It’s a milk-based spiced tea, that is drunk a lot around the country but also known in India under the name of ‘chai’. With that goes the Sel Roti, a traditional sweet ring made of rice bread, and it’s most commonly prepared during Hindu festivals!

6.   Breakfast in South Australia

“The most common breakfast in Australia would probably be eggs, bacon, toast, mushrooms, tomatoes... and avocado! Australians absolutely love avocado with breakfast - especially if it is ‘smashed’, which just means to cut it up a little and mash it the tiniest bits. If you go to any breakfast place on the weekend you will find many, many Australians enjoying some ‘smashed avo’.”

We guess Australians like to start the day off strong, because that sounds like a whole lot of good breakfast!

7.    Breakfast in China

“Breakfast in China is something that everyone likes different. It could be steamed buns, steamed bread, slim, fried noodles, porridge, dumplings, or other things!”

It’s very different from, for example, the Western breakfast. The biggest difference is actually that there is little to no dairy in Chinese breakfasts! That does not make it less tasty however...

8.    Breakfast in Bosnia & Herzegovina

“There is not exactly one specific food that people in Bosnia usually eat for breakfast, there are several variations, one of them being a variation of scrambled eggs and bacon, but mostly with chicken meat instead of pork, because there is a large portion of Muslims in Bosnia. Another commonly eaten breakfast food is bread with a meat spread similar to paté”

9.    Breakfast in Serbia

For a Serbian breakfast, if it's not about some pastry or burek, they’re most likely to eat some dried meat, supplemented with cheese, kajmak, and yogurt. People in Serbia love a ‘’strong’’ breakfast!                             

10.  Breakfast in Romania

“To be honest, there isn’t any typical or standard Romanian breakfast, since our food behavior stems from centuries-old traditions and has had various influences. If I lived in the 60s and you would have asked me this question, I would probably answer that a typical Romanian breakfast consists of polenta (mamaligă), tea, and jam.

Nowadays, the typical breakfast would consist of, butter, eggs, meat, and vegetables, and sometimes even cereals when we’re in a hurry. However, a complete Romanian breakfast, for me at least, has to have “zacuscă.”

Zacuscă is a vegetarian spread based on open-fire-grilled eggplants and bell peppers. It’s bottled in jars and stored over winter, and I bet that most households in Romania have at least one jar of zacuscă, because it’s delicious and healthy.”

We would like to try that!

Have you become inspired for tomorrow morning’s breakfast? If you want to share your local breakfast food or a recipe with us please do via info@2glimpse.com!