My Eye’s say Yes but my Stomach No…

by Poi on August 2, 2011

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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 canโ€™t stomach it.

You want to know the truth, I like my English breakfasts.

I eat Thai food for 99% of my other meals, ย but for breakfast…. it’s got to be coco pops….

Breakfast in Asia

We’ve had a few boxes….

Have you had a special breakfast in Asia we should know about?

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Julia August 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I know exactly what you mean and totally agree about the fry up – HAS to include black pudding. Salty/spicy/soupy is great at all other times of day, but anything other than eggs is a bit of a no-go at breakfast time when I’m abroad ๐Ÿ™‚

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Poi August 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Glad to know it’s not just me then and so happy to have someone showing love for black pudding, to many haters out there haha

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Martin. August 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

All I want to know is why you are collecting coco pops!?

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Poi August 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm

We have a glass top table with a shelf underneath, started putting the boxes under there and……. coco pops table.

Good enough?

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Kel August 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

After years of living in Asia I’m used to the delights of an Asian brekkienow be it fermented fish,sour veg and rice or tasteless joke and sour fish soup at 5am haha.

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Poi August 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm

mmmm… your making me cringe!

I hate sour veg, especially at 5am!

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Globetrottergirls August 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Now that our departure for Asia comes closer, I was actually starting to wonder what breakfast there would be like. Mmmmh… not sure yet if we’ll like it, it sounds interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ But overall, we are super hyped for the months to come and the Asian food! See you soon in Bangkok?

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Poi August 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

You of course have to give it a go and make your own mind up but it’s not for us.

and yes see you soon!

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures August 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I’m a breakfast person too! My bro is in HK and every time we chat he complains about missing breakfast so much.

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Poi August 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I bet he does. It’s usually breakfast time in the UK when I talk to my parents and they are always teasing me with what they are eating.

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Bob Crunch August 5, 2011 at 2:22 am

I am with you, none of those options (with exception to the doughnuts) sound like appealing breakfast foods. I love your aside for heart attack when explaining weekend breakfast.

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Poi August 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm

The doughnuts may not be like the one’s your thinking of, a bit plain.

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Mack Reynolds August 5, 2011 at 3:34 am

what is black pudding? i’m american so it isn’t somthing you’d hear about too much here.

as for the dinner/lunch for breakfast, i was raised eating rice and meat with every meal, so i’m accustomed to it. i have friends though that can’t fathom eating a meal like that in the morning. my family even goes to chinese restaurants on sunday mornings. my friends are just like “dude, i haven’t done anything to earn that type of meal.”

to each their own, i guess.

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Poi August 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Pigs blood and guts made into a tasty sausage, tastes better than it sounds…. honestly.

I’m with your friends, I just can’t handle it first thing in the morning.

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Audrey August 6, 2011 at 6:46 am

Haha, love the coco pops pyramid! I know what you mean about breakfast. When I was in India last summer my hosts would cook up deep fried somethings, rice and curry….

Noooo, not salty food in the morning!! But I ate it anyway to be polite ๐Ÿ™‚

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Poi August 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

Not sure my stomach could handle curry first thing in the morning, but like you say if someone has gone to the trouble of cooking it for you…

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Nomadic Samuel August 8, 2011 at 4:35 am

I couldn’t agree with you more about breakfasts in Asia being a bit of a let-down. I’ve spent the past 5 of 6 years in Asia teaching and backpacking. I’ve yet to find a country that can substitute a nice breakfast from back home; however, with that being said the lunches, dinners and street food more than make up for it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Poi August 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

Yeah the rest of the meals are fantastic it’s just a shame breakfast is such a let down!

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Anthony August 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

“I’d rather have a bowl of coco-pops.”

Oh boy the monkey in that advert has REALLY done a number on you ๐Ÿ˜›

I think I may be in agreement with you on this (we’ll see), although I’m more of a ‘Special K’ kind of guy.

Marmite is gorgeous!

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Poi August 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

What can I say, I’m a sucker for advertising…

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Nick August 8, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I have just come back from Cambodia – everything, not just the food was amazing. Don’t think I have ever been anywhere I wanted to leave less!

Although breakfast was a little interesting sometimes. It just seems weird using chopsticks in the morning!

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Poi August 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

I’m glad you enjoyed Cambodia so much, we need to go back, didn’t get long enough there last time.

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jade August 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm

haha, personally I love captian crunch!

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Poi August 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

I’ve never had the pleasure….

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Shannon August 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I heard they quit making captain crunch

And you know what, if you detest breakfast that bad, just skip it! ๐Ÿ˜›

half the time I don’t eat breakfast at home anyway, I just eat lunch/dinner but that also depends on how early I start my day, the earlier I go the more likely I will need breakfast.

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Poi August 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

Breakfast is a must, I have to have something. Coco pops it is!

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Nadia | Gap Daemon August 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Ha, agreed! You can take the boy/girl out of Blighty but…. and a good cup of tea is (god I feel so sad writing this) the thing I most look forward to when I get back from a long trip!

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Poi August 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

Well I already have that problem solved with a huge box of yorkshire tea bags in my cupboard!

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Gerard ~ GQ trippin August 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

You must try this traditional breakfast when in Vietnam. Beef, pate, w/ eggs and french bread. I could go on for days because it’s my fav breakfast ever, but I explain it all here: http://wp.me/p1kZ1k-16m

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Poi August 24, 2011 at 11:50 am

That does actually sound really good…..

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Valerie Hamer September 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

I love black pudding and it’s the one thing I must eat when I get back to the UK every year. I even had someone BBQ it once.

Total agreement on the Asian breakfast thing. Memories of cold spaghetti at a Japanese youth hostel…. ummm no!

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Poi September 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

Finally another black pudding lover, I imagine it’s pretty good on a BBQ?

Cold spaghetti is just another example of why I will never enjoy a breakfast here, just wrong.

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