Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, and if Ron Swanson is to be believed, it’s the only meal actually worth having.
Which countries do it better than anyone else? Check out these selections and consider basing your next trip on breakfast food. It’ll be worth it.
Italy doesn’t do heavy breakfasts, probably because of all the delicious lunch and dinner options! Wrangling a Vespa only burns so many calories, so a typical meal includes a croissant and a cup of coffee. With how good Italian espresso is, the flavors of this relatively light meal may outpace its small size.
The English are not necessarily well regarded for their food, but their morning meal options may change some opinions on the country’s culinary skill. A full breakfast includes eggs, bacon, beans, sausages, and occasionally tomatoes, mushrooms, and black pudding, all with a side of toast. Of course there is coffee or tea as well, because caffeine is an important component to almost any breakfast.
Where beans are a side in the English breakfast, in the Egyptian breakfast they are the main event. Fava beans are simmered for hours until they form a kind of bean porridge called fuul, that is expertly topped with a variety of spices, including cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and tahina and served with a side of Egyptian flatbread, also called baladi bread. Fava beans are also used to make tammeya, which is formed into balls and fried. Eggs also accompany the typical meal, and usually pickles, fries, and cheese are not far behind.
The typical Turkish breakfast includes all manner of cheeses and delicious olives, along with toasted bread and honey to dip it in. For the more meat-minded, an extremely popular item is fried eggs with Turkish sucuk, which is spicy sausage.