You don’t need me to tell you that the food in Asia is amazing, it’s well documented and rightly so. Even I get carried away with how tasty some of the grub is and I’m no foody.
My one complaint though….. Breakfast.
Hailing from England, my usual breakfast is very special to me. Not because it’s exotic, colourful, healthy or a local delicacy but, because it’s simple and that’s how I like it.
At home, breakfast is just that quick snack I grab as I’m getting ready, hopping around with one leg in my trousers, trying to slam two pieces of bread down in the toaster and then downing half a cup of tea that hasn’t had nearly long enough to cool down before making my exit.
I won’t go into the marmite debate here other than to say – I’m a lover.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a satisfying breakfast and that’s why weekends were invented. I’ve got a bit more time on my hands and chances are I’m hungover, this calls for something special. A big dirty fry up. Bacon, sausage, egg and of course, if you know me, black pudding, everything a growing English lad needs (for a heart attack?)
However, Breakfast in Asia isn’t quite the same.
Asian breakfasts include: Rice porridge with pork meat or stock, Doughnuts, Beef noodle soup, Coconut and rice pancakes??
Nope, this doesn’t sound like breakfast time at all.
Each morning in Ho Chi Minh City I woke to a bowl of beef noodle soup. I wanted to enjoy it, I really tried, but I couldn’t. However, give it to me three hours later for lunch and I could easily make it disappear in front of your eyes, but for breakfast – nah, I just can’t stomach it.
You want to know the truth, I like my English breakfasts.
I eat Thai food for 99% of my other meals, but for breakfast…. it’s got to be coco pops….
Have you had a special breakfast in Asia we should know about?