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Popular Breakfast Menus From Asia

by Leo Reyes on 26/07/08 at 11:32 am

If you are traveling to Asia for business or for rest and recreation, you might want to try the different breakfast menus from selected countries in the Asia-Pacific region.


In the Philippines, the traditional breakfast of Filipinos consist of rice, bread, egg, meat or fish. How these basic choices or ingredients are prepared, depend on their eating habits. But typically Filipinos are heavy breakfast eaters especially those whose work entails more physical exertion.

Almost always, rice being the staple food of Filipinos, is always present in the breakfast menu. Normally cooked rice is fried with just salt and garlic. Rice is eaten with either fried dried fish or meat with fresh tomatoes on the sides. Breakfast meat comes in many forms, like longanisa (native pork sausage), tapa (beef slices), sausage, corned beef, among others. The light breakfast eaters would settle for Pandesal, native bread stuff with butter, jelly, egg or meat. Some would just take it plain or dipped into hot chocolate or coffee. Here are some samples of typical Filipino breakfast:


Longsilog *Tosilog *Daing Na Bangus

Singapore and Malaysia

In Singapore, the traditional breakfast of Singaporeans consist of bread, rice, eggs and meat. The most popular includes, Kaya Toast, Nasi Lemak, Roti Parathas, Bak Kut Teh and Koo chye kueh.

Kaya Toast

Kaya Toast is the signature breakfast of Singapore. It is actually a paste made from coconut milk, sugar, vanilla, eggs and pandan leaves. The coconut milk is cooked slowly along with the rest of the ingredients to form a batter or paste. It is then spread into a slice of bread along with a small amount of butter.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is rice cooked in coconut milk with small amount of ginger, lemon grass or pandan leaves. It is served with chicken, beef or fish.

Roti Parathas

Roti Parathas is just like Pancakes but a bit crispy kind of pastry. It is served with spicy sauce for dipping.

Wonton Noodles

Wonton noodles are made of minced pork or whole shrimp cooked with ginger, onion, sesame oil and soy sauce. They are mixed with the noodles and served very hot.

Wonton Noodles

Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh is a kind of soup made from pork ribs cook with spices like garlic, anise, cinnamon, lettuce, mushrooms and dried tofu. Pork bones are included in cooking for added flavor. This dish is usually eaten with rice or noodles.


Jok (Congee)

In Thailand, rice congee or “Jok”is normally served as breakfast. Raw or half-cooked eggs are normally added. There are different variations like jok with minced pork, beef, etc. Other ingredients are spring onions, garlic, spicy pickles, radish, etc.

Since Thailand has opened up to western society or lifestyle, traditional Thai breakfast seems to have lost its popularity. Except for the still popular congee breakfast, almost all kinds of breakfast preparations are available in every restaurant or eating places in Thailand. Some of these common breakfast menu are as follows:

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Arie Uittenbogaard

Jul 26th, 2008

I’ve spend much time in Asia and seeing all these wonderful dishes surely brings out the appetite in me. Frankly, I wish I was there now. I’d probably have a go at a bowl of bak kut teh. Thanks for sharing, Leo.


Jul 26th, 2008

I really love filipino dishes..
A very informative article you got here.
Keep writing and God Bless!

nobert soloria bermosa

Jul 27th, 2008

delicious Asian breakfast meal, of course Filipino dishes are still the best for me,thanks,

L F Calland

Jul 28th, 2008

This is a fantastic article, Leo Reyes. It actually got me hungry.


Aug 2nd, 2008

I love the -Silog meals from Philippines =]

Allison West

Aug 2nd, 2008

What a great article! It did make me hungry too! I wish I could visit these countries and sample all this deliciuous food (maybe someday!)

Karen N

Aug 25th, 2008

Great series!
It would be fun to try all the different dishes.

eunice tan

Aug 29th, 2008

If you stay in Asian star hotels, you’ll find that most of them serves various kinds of breakfast: Asian, European and American menus. However it will be good if you try local food in any region.

Well written article Leo.

Leo Reyes

Aug 30th, 2008

Thank you all for your nice comments


Nov 25th, 2008

I’m filipino so hands down,i love our breakfast fares.But I also like my Nasi lemak hot and with peanuts.Yummy!


Jun 30th, 2009

so weak


Aug 12th, 2011

Leo Reyes you have very shallow knowledge of asian food . avoid adding junk to internet

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