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