This is What Breakfast Looks Like in Different Parts of Asia

This is What Breakfast Looks Like in Different Parts of Asia

There's no better way to start the day than with a good hearty Asian breakfast.

One of the most exciting experiences to have while travelling around Asia is to taste the local food. If you’re looking for some authenticity in your travel journey, be sure to start the day with a power-packed local breakfast. The breakfast menu for this diverse continent is strikingly different from one country to the next, from pancakes to rice and noodles.

Here’s how breakfast looks like for the different countries in Asia!

1. THAILAND: Chok mu sap – Rice congee, raw/cooked egg with minced pork

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2. VIETNAM: Banh Mi Op La – Personal sized baguettes with eggs served in small sized pans

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3. MALAYSIA: Nasi Lemak – coconut rice, ikan bilis, peanuts, eggs and sometimes meat

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4. KOREA: Rice, kimchi, meat and a few other side dishes

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5. JAPAN: Rice, grilled fish, eggs, tofu and miso soup and occasionally sashimi!

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6. MYANMAR: Mohinga – rice vermicelli in fish broth with fish paste, lemon grass, onions, garlic and chickpea flour (sometimes even with fritters)

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7. INDIA: Idli (savoury cake) with “dips” of chutney and sambar

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8. HONG KONG: Fried eggs and a bun or soup-based macaroni with a side of Hong Kong milk tea

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9. PHILIPPINES: Tapsilog – made up of sinangag (garlic fried rice) with eggs and tapa

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10. TAIWAN: Dou Jiang You Tiao – sweet soy milk and fried dough stick

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11. INDONESIA: Bubur Ayam (Chicken Congee)

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12. SINGAPORE: do we really have to name all of it? We certainly saved the best for last.

Kaya Toast with Half Boiled Eggs

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Carrot Cake

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Roti Prata with Chicken Curry

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Chee Chong Fun

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Mee Jian Kueh (a.k.a mian jian gao) – Pancake with peanut fillings

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With so many breakfast options in Asia, skip the usual continental breakfast fare. Go out and experience breakfast like a true blue local!

Also read: 21 Famous Local Foods to Travel The World For

What would you add to this list?

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