Unique Breakfasts from Around the World

No matter where you’re from, breakfast is always the most important meal of the day. While in some parts of the world, breakfast can mean a full spread; in some places it’s a simple porridge. If you’re sick of your breakfast, maybe these breakfasts from around the world will give you some ideas.

Jianbing in China


Jianbing is made of a batter of wheat and grain flour, eggs, and various sauces, and then filled with different things like ham, mustard pickles, scallions, etc. One of China’s most popular street breakfasts, it’s always eaten fresh and made to order to preserve its crispiness.

Smörgås in Sweden


Smörgås translates to open-faced sandwich and is a typical breakfast item in Sweden. They’re usually quite simple—made simply with bread and a thin spread of butter with toppings like ham, cheese, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, and a hard-boiled egg.

Nān, cheese, and sweet spread in Iran


A typical Iranian breakfast consists of fresh, hot nān often bought from a bakery. The nān is served with different kinds of cheese, fruit, nuts, sliced cucumber and tomato, herbs, butter, cream, and a selection of jams.

Shakshuka in Israel

While Shakshuka originated in North Africa, it is now eaten in Israel as a breakfast item, though it is sometimes served for other meals as part of a mezze platter. Shakshuka is essentially a dish of eggs poached gently in a thick sauce of tomatoes, peppers, onion, and garlic, flavoured with herbs and seasonings.

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Gallo pinto in Costa Rica


A typical breakfast in Costa Rica will have a plate of gallo pinto, corn tortillas, sweet plantains, and some eggs and cheese. A gallo pinto is a stir-fried dish cooked with rice, beans, red peppers, cilantro, onion, salsa, and said to resemble the spotted chicken which it’s named for.

Nasi Lemak in Malaysia


Considered the national dish of Malaysia, nasi lemak is a mound of rich, sweet coconut rice garnished with anchovies, cucumbers, roasted peanuts, hard-boiled eggs, and a spicy Malaysian hot sauce. It’s often served inside a banana leaf, making it a perfect portable meal people can easily carry and eat on their way to work in the mornings.

Yoghurt and honey in Greece


A typical breakfast spread in Greece might contain eggs, cold cuts, bread, and cheese, but the most commonly eaten item is the thick, rich, creamy yoghurt that is served with nuts and honey. The honey balances the tang of the yoghurt and the nuts add a different texture to the entire meal.

Mandazi in East Africa


Mandazi is a soft doughtnut, flavoured with cardamom and coconut milk and is a beloved breakfast item enjoyed with cups of hot spiced tea.

Ful medames in Egypt


Many have suggested that the origin of ful medames goes back to ancient Egyptian times. It’s a stew of cooked fava beans, served with olive oil, pepper, chili flakes, crushed garlic, lemon, and cumin. Often, other garnishes like hard-boiled eggs, cucumber, tomato, scallions, and tahini are also offered.

Cachapas in Venezuela


Cachapas are made of corn dough, similar to a crepe, and then stuffed with queso de mano, which is a soft, mozzarella-like cheese. They are sometimes served with fried pork on the side, and are also sometimes stuffed with cream or jam.