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Around the world in 10 plates: A look at breakfast through the nations

From tacos to chebabs with cheese and date syrup, this meal changes with landscapes and borders.

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Updated: Sep 29, 2016, 02.31 PM IST
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From tacos filled with scrambled eggs to chebab with cheese and date syrup, breakfast around the world changes with landscapes and borders.
From tacos filled with scrambled eggs to chebab with cheese and date syrup, breakfast around the world changes with landscapes and borders.
Want to explore a new culture? Indulging in the local food is the first step. Though we often try various delicacies when travelling, somehow our breakfast options don't change much. When was the last time you had a Cambodian breakfast or indulged in some Japanese delicacies in the morning?

Travel search website, wego.co.in recommends getting out of your comfort zone while travelling, and indulging in local breakfast delicacies, which tend to be overlooked and less popular than lunch and dinner.

Talking about the role of food in a culture, Dean Wicks, Chief Flights Officer, Wego says, "No matter what you're accustomed to back home, it's quite likely that the country you're travelling to does things a little (or a lot) different for their morning meal, and we should seek the entire in-destination experience, which includes breakfast."

So, the next time you travel, skip your perfectly toasted slice of bread and eggs, and experience the variety of breakfasts the world has to offer. 

Cambodia

Around the world in 10 plates: A look at breakfast through the nations
A bowl of noodles and soup never looked better.

The laid-back country offers a variety of underrated dishes to choose from, one of them being Nom banh chok. This beloved Cambodian dish is a typical breakfast speciality. A bed of rice noodles covered in a fish-based green curry gravy made up of lemongrass, turmeric root and kaffir lime is a delightful start to the day.

You can easily spot women vendors in streets carrying it on baskets hanging from a pole balanced on their shoulders.

Indonesia
A melting pot of cultures, the cuisine of Indonesia has influences from China, Malaysia, the Netherlands and more. When in the island country, wake up to a volcano of flavours with the Nasi Goreng, a typically common breakfast consisting of fried rice with chillies, spices, vegetables, sweet soy sauce and chicken or prawns, topped with a fried egg. Or you can simply indulge in some pancakes and omelettes, remnants of the country's Dutch heritage, by the sea.

United Arab Emirates

Around the world in 10 plates: A look at breakfast through the nations
Combining healthy and tasty is a forte of Emirati food.

Royalty encompasses every aspect of life in the Arab emirates. From sweet dates to fresh juices, a breakfast table here has endless options. The region offers a variety of cosmopolitan breakfasts, however traditionally the meal includes a variety of breads - ragag (thin, almost like a cracker), chebab (pancake) and khameer (round flatbread) served with cheese, date syrup or eggs. Now, if this hasn't whipped your appetite, we don't know what will.

Hong Kong
Congee, a warm rice porridge with either fish, pork or chicken, is a great way to wake up. If porridge is not your thing, you can also indulge in some delectable yauchai kwai (fried bread sticks). The beauty of Hong Kong lies in the mass of local eateries that you can stop at around the city. Sure there are loads of fabulous fine dining opportunities in this buzzing metropolis, but you're unlikely to find better dim sum and yum cha anywhere other than the streets!

P.S. - Congee is a fabulous hangover cure!

India

Around the world in 10 plates: A look at breakfast through the nations
The humble idli-sambhar is one of the world's healthiest breakfast options.

Breakfast in the country changes with states and cities, even. Every region offers its own flavours and influences. From feasting on a platter of parathas to savouring mouth-watering dosas (thin, fermented pancakes made from rice batter and black lentils) and idlis (savoury crepes made from lentils) teamed with chutneys and vegetable stew; the variety of food will leave you spoilt for choice.

Mexico

Around the world in 10 plates: A look at breakfast through the nations
Colours and flavours, Mexican food is all that and more.

Wake up to a volcano of flavours when in Mexico. It's all about the spice for Mexicans, and you will love their chilaquiles, nachos with cheese, beans and salsa at any time of day. Breakfast tacos filled with scrambled eggs and chorizo are popular choices, or perhaps try a tortilla strip dripping in sauce, served with cheese, onion and sour cream that will have you drooling.

Japan

Around the world in 10 plates: A look at breakfast through the nations
Breakfast in Japan is a feast, not just for the palate but for the eyes as well. 

As with the majority of home cooked Japanese meals, breakfast in the country centres around a protein source accompanied by rice, soup and pickles. But one of the more unusual breakfast foods is Natto, a soup made from fermented soybeans which exudes a rather distinctive smell. But like all things Japanese, though unique the food is worth it.

Fiji
These beautiful islands and famously friendly people traditionally enjoy their own specially designed pancake, babakau. Thicker than a regular Western pancake or crepe, babakau has a crust and can be eaten with fresh tropical fruit and jams. Start packing already!

Philippines
Filipino's place a lot of emphasis on the first meal of the day and rarely miss it. And we'd recommend you don't either. Try the pandesal (a kind of bread roll) and kesong puti (a soft, unaged, white cheese), or opt for a chocolate rice porridge. If spicy is what you are looking for, the garlic fried rice and meat or fish wont disappoint. And to top it all sip on some kapeng barako, a rich strong coffee from the mountains of Batangas.

Thailand
Thai food has made its way across the world and while you may be acquainted with the famous Pad Thai or Tom Yum Goong. A traditional Thai breakfast by the river in Bangkok or as you gaze across the sea in Koh Samui is an experience in itself. Try the Chok, a form of rice porridge, or if you need eggs to start your day a Thai omelette (khai chiao) is accompanied by chilli sauce and slices of cucumber, and will leave you wanting more!
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