Eat & Drink

We Ranked The Best Breakfast Foods From Around The World

From Huevos Divorciados to Hagelslag and Masala Dosa.

It’s the most important meal of the day – so how does the rest of the world eat their breakfast? We decided to rank the strangest, yummiest, and downright best breakfast dishes from around the world. Good morning, indeed.


#15 Beghrir, Morocco

These semolina-based pancakes are deliciously airy, and are usually served with a honey butter sauce. Beghrir is serves as part of a standard brekky in this North African country, which usually features a mixed plate of olives, fried eggs, soft cheeses, and salads.


#14 Tostadas and Cafe Con Leche, Cuba

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Breakfast isn’t the main meal of the day in Cuba, with cafe con lechc (coffee with milk) and tostadas (a toasted piece of Cuban bread) favoured until lunch. Bread and coffee may not seem particularly special, but when you dip the buttery bread into the strong and milky coffee, something magic happens.


#13 Loco Moco, Hawaii, USA

Thanks to the influences of Japan and mainland American, as well as local culture, Hawaii is a melting pot of deliciousness as evidenced by one of the greasiest breakfasts on the planet. Loco Moco is a bed of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, brown gravy, and anything else you want!


#12 Masala Dosa, India

Hailing from the south of India, Masala Dosa can best be described as a savoury crepe. Usually filled with potato onions, green chilli and spices, this is easily one of the best vegetarian options for breakfast.


#11 Joke, Thailand

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A delicious savoury rice porridge, Joke is usually made with jasmine rice, marinated minced pork and a soft boiled eggs. Filling, healthy and fun to say, this congee is a winner.


#10 Huevos Divorciados, Mexico

Literally translated to “divorced eggs”, Huevos Divorciados is made up of two eggs separated by a line of refried beans (frijoles), with one egg covered in red sauce (salsa roja) and the other covered in green sauce (salsa verde). All this glory sits atop a fried corn tortilla. It must always be served with a glass of coke – yes, even for breakfast. It’s the Mexican way.


#9 Pho, Vietnam

The soupy noodle favourite is a go-to in Australia for lunch and dinner, but in its native Vietnam, Pho is enjoyed for breakfast.


#8 Ful Medames, Egypt

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This traditional brekky also serves as the country’s national dish and it’s not hard to figure out why. Dating back to ancient Egypt, Ful Medames is made up of fava beans cooked in vegetable oil, herbs, spices and lemon juice.


#7 Onigiri, Japan

Delicious sticky rice balls, wrapped in seaweed and cut into adorable shapes? Yes please. When visiting Japan, it’s fun to head to one of the many convenience stores, grab a Onigiri and a can of Suntory (coffee in a can) and you’re set.


#6 Kahvaltı Tabağı, Turkey

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Photo: Utku Cafe

Translating to “breakfast plate”, Kahvaltı Tabağı is a delicious and hearty way to start the day. Traditional plates are usually comprised of hard boiled eggs, Turkish sausage, olives, chutneys, pickles, white cheese, as well as butter, honey, jam, sliced tomatoes and/or cucumbers. Also good to note: tea is favoured over coffee for brekky.


#5 Chwee Kueh, Singapore

Roughly translated to a steamed rice “water” cake, this dish is native to the Hokkien region. It’s made from steamed rice flour and water, which is then topped with chai por (an asian radish) and chilli sauce.


#4 Hagelslag, Netherlands

Aside from being incredibly fun to say, Hagelslag – basically a chocolate version of hundreds and thousands – is also incredibly delicious. Eaten for breakfast on plain white, buttered bread, it’s like fairy bread for Dutch grown ups. They love it so much that reportedly 14 million kilos of Hagelslag is consumed each year.


#3 Cafe cultcha mate, Australia

It might sound like a cop out, but Australia’s cafe culture is continually heralded as the best going – and frankly, we’re sick of the rest of the world thinking we only eat Vegemite on toast for brekky! Some cafe favourites in Australia include Smashed Avo, Baked Eggs, and Bubble & Squeak. Thanks to the newness of our country, we get to take the best from all cultures, jazz it up, pop it on a plate and cover it in dukkah. This really is the lucky country!


#2 Full English Breakfast, England

There is simply no going past a Full English Breakfast. At its bare essentials its comprised of sausage, bacon, fried eggs, baked beans (must be from a can), fried tomato, bread, and HP sauce. Optional elements include black pudding, mushrooms, and potatoes.


#1 Ackee, Jamaica

This ranks so highly due to the skill required to prepare this dish. It’s a delicious and nutrient dense fruit, however however if it isn’t picked and prepared properly, it can be fatal. Usually served with eggs and vegetables, this one is for true adventurers.

(Lead Photo: Nana B Agyei/Flickr)

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