Thursday, June 16, 2011

Talking about "BREAKFAST"

I belong to a country of  “ RICE FANATIC” , we eat rice in all our meals from breakfast to dinner with variety of viand , I would consider RICE as my ULTIMATE MEAL-BUDDY
 ( i cannot eat meals without rice- hehehe.. so what?!) , though,  it is a “HEAVY MEAL”  I'm surprised to know that we do not have much numbers of FAT ASS in our country, this is possibly due to fast metabolism or simply POVERTY that people on low average society tends to eat less than 3 meals a day,  anyway, this and so many food running into my mind, I came up with the question “ HOW IMPORTANT & WHAT FOOD  usually SERVED ON BREAKFAST IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES?” ,  and here’s what I’ve gathered:

Breakfast as quoted by health experts as the most important meal of the day,  it is the first meal taken after rising from a night’s sleep and often eaten before undertaking the day’s work,

Here are few of the benefits when eating a HEALTHY BREAKFAST:

1.)    Have Better Concentration and Productivity throughout the day

-      Studies show that eating breakfast provides energy that can increase concentration levels, eating a morning meal can also help prevent unwanted sugary craving throughout the day when we start to feel sluggish and need an energy boost .

2.)   Control weight

-      Eating the proper fortified breakfast combinations will leave your appetite content and stomach full until lunch time, leaving you no reason to partake in any excessive eating

3.)   Lower Cholesterol, ( which you reduce the risk of heart disease

-      A survey of 4000 household from General Mills, Inc showed that adults who ate cereal for breakfast consumed fewer calories from fat throughout the day and 40% less cholesterol

4.)   Meet the daily recommended nutrient requirements

-      Skipping breakfast may lead to iron deficiency , One in three of those who avoided the morning meal had a significant iron shortfall in their diet nearly double the rate of  those who ate breakfast

5.)   Have better-Solving skills & Increases alertness

-      Research from University of Cardiff showed that children who eat cereals for breakfast vs skipping breakfast are 9% more alert, 11% less distressed, 13% less tired, 17% less anxious, 10% less likely to suffer memory and attention span difficulties and 33% less likely to suffer from stomach complaints.


Food for Breakfast in Different Countries:


-      Omellette or boiled eggs, cake or biscuit, buttered toast, rice w/ koft’a (meat) or sabzi (vegetable)


-      Roti/chapatti, aloo/shabji bhaji or aloo dam ( dishes made primarily of potatoes and veggies)


·         Idly — Steamed rice and urad dal saucers
·         Vada — deep-fried urad dal or chana dal batter with spicy seasoning
·         Dosa — Rice and urad dal batter made into thin, round pancakes. There are several variations as well. While the most common is the plain dosa, it is not uncommon to come across variations such as Masala Dosa(stuffed with Potato), Rava Dosa(the traditional dosa batter with onions, semolins, green chillies etc.), Uttapam (a spicier version) and so on. Some food critics claim there are tens of ways of making this dosa.
·         Upma — Mildly spicy porridge prepared with broken wheat, semolina or semiya
·         Pongal — Midly spicy and soothing rice porridge, very comfortig morning meal
·         Chapati — flat bread prepared with durum wheat flour
·         Poori — Deepfried puffed rounds prepared with durum wheat flour or maida
·         Rotte (Roti): Flat bread prepared with millet (sorghum) flour, commonly served in rural households.
·         Poha (batata poha , poha chutni): just flattened rice and coconut or a mixture of flattend rice and potato mixture, commonly served in mangalore area.


-      A popular Indonesian breakfast is lontong sayur, a dish made of compressed rice with a spicy curry sauce and cooked vegetables, typically jackfruit, as well as mie (noodles), deep fried redskin peanuts, and kerupuk (prawn crackers). Optional accompaniments include boiled egg (sometimes in a spicy sambal) and perkedel (deep fried potato cakes). A quantity of the dish will be prepared prior to sale at a food cart or warung, and will be served at room temperature and not reheated during sale.


-      traditional Japanese breakfast is based on rice, seafood, and fermented foods, which do not differ substantially from dishes eaten at other meals in Japanese cuisine. An exception is nattō (a type of fermented soybeans), which is most popularly eaten for breakfast. A typical Japanese restaurant breakfast presentation would be[miso soup, rice with nori or other garnishes, nattō, rice porridge, grilled fish, raw egg, and a pickled vegetable.


-      halva puri cholay or halva puri, for short, consists of two separate dishes, halva, a sweet made from semolina, and aloo cholay, a spicy chickpea-and-potato curry eaten with puri, a small circular deep-fried flat bread.
-      Siri paya is eaten with naan (siri paya is a stew made of cow, goat or lamb's brain and feet. "Siri" means the head of the animal and "paya" its feet. It is considered a delicacy.
-      Nihari is a stew made from beef or lamb and curry. Nihari is also eaten with naan bread.
-      Lassi is a drink made from milk and yogurt, served in sweet, and rarely, in salty


-       In some areas, even leftover lechón (roast suckling pig) is eaten with fried rice.
-      Rice is a predominant staple in the Philippines. As such, a favorite traditional breakfast has fried rice called sinangag. Usually, this is made of leftover rice from the previous dinner (so nothing is wasted, as well as because this yields a firm and "tossed" texture, which is preferred over sticky), and fried with salt and garlic cloves. This is then combined with fried or scrambled eggs, and a choice of breakfast meat: beef tapa (pan-seared steak), pork tocino (sweet cured pork), longganisa (sausage), dried, smoked fish (such as tuyo), canned sardines, sauteed corned beef, or adobo, sometimes with Western-style baked beans, sliced tomatoes and a local pickled papaya shreds (achara) on the side. Alternatively, a cheese-topped breakfast pastry called an ensaymada (a colonial relative of the Mallorcan ensaimada; a brioche) is also eaten, usually with hot chocolate, as is pan de sal (Philippine breakfast roll) filled with a buffalo milk white cheese (kesong puti), and local barako coffee.


-      Traditional, weekend breakfast may consist of soft boiled, scrambled or fried eggs, or curd cheese with herbs (twarozek), sandwiches or "milk soup" cereals with milk or in some regions milk with broken bread; regional alternatives include pancakes, salads or sandwiches with various pastes (fish paste, egg paste, etc.) Black pudding or sausage is sometimes eaten, usually by itself. Modern breakfast consists of a meat, cheese or jam sandwich, with coffee (roasted grain beverage is still popular), tea, kefir or soured milk, or juice as a beverage. Second breakfast, which replaces lunch at work, is similar or identical the actual breakfast.

ARAB Countries :

-      Breakfast varies greatly according to taste, but a typical breakfast consists of tea or instant coffee, juice, a morning salad (cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, mint and olive oil), pita bread dipped in rich labneh, a type of yogurt, or in olive oil and za'atar. Hummus, ful medames and falafel are more common on the weekends. Other breakfast items include a variety of olives, cheeses, especially goat cheese, variety of vegetables, cereals, jams and pastries. In most Arab areas, the most popular breakfast by far is pita bread dipped in rich labneh, a type of yogurt, or in olive oil and za'atar (a common Middle-Eastern spice mix). Other popular breakfast include boiled eggs, olives, cheese and fava beans.

US states & CANADA :

-      Traditional breakfasts in the United States and Canada derive from the full English breakfast and other European breakfast traditions and feature predominantly sweet or mild-flavored foods, usually hot. Typical items include hot oatmeal porridge, grits (in the South), other hot grain, porridges, egg sausage or small link sausages, pan-fried potatoes (hash browns), biscuits, toast, pancakes, waffles, bagels, French toast, English muffins, pastries (such as croissants, doughnuts, and muffins), and fresh or stewed fruits of various types (stone, citrus, etc.). Steak may be served with eggs on the traditional menu. Cold cereal has become nearly ubiquitous in recent decades, and yogurt is widely popular. Coffee, tea, milk and fruit juices are standard breakfast beverages.


( lols.. just had my breakfast!)  **sigh*** but  Looking at the pics makes me feel hungry again!! --looks really YUMMY!!-- .... but now a days, people have their own set of preferences for breakfast and the above are just the typical/traditional/classic breakfast from different countries....

so there you have it!!  " Talking about breakfast", start the day right with a healthy breakfast!!....


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