Would you eat reindeer for breakfast? Daring traveller documents 50 weirdest breakfasts from around the globe (including three takes on the fry-up in the UK alone)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many might feel it’s the most mundane too.
Britons might consider a pancake or croissant an adventurous alternative to their toast, cereal or a fry up, but one foodie blogger has gone far and wide to expand our horizons.
Twenty-something traveller Victoria Philpott has scoured the net to bring together her top 50 weird and wonderful breakfasts from around the world including soy-soaked tofu from Japan and reindeer meat from Alaska.
Rosemary roasted potatoes with tofu scramble, lentils, vegetarian sausage and banana pepper toast from India made the list, as well as minty spicy fish with sweet and spicy pork from Thailand.
Londoner Victoria also outlines vital differences in fry ups in England, Scotland and Ireland – namely that Scotland pairs its bacon and eggs with black pudding and haggis and the Irish are fans of white pudding and soda bread.
FEMAIL selects the top breakfasts from the blog post.
Breakfast in Alaska
‘Featuring reindeer meat and an egg nestled on a pancake.
‘Poor old Rudolph, he won’t be able to join in any reindeer games now, will he?’
An Alaskan breakfast featuring reindeer meat and an egg nestled on a pancake
Breakfast in Japan
‘What do you mean you’ve never had tofu for breakfast?’ writes Victoria.
‘It’s a popular choice in Japan, along with fish and rice. Soak it in soya sauce and you’ve got yourself one delicious, and semi-healthy breakfast.’
Breakfast in India
‘Here we have rosemary roasted potatoes, Indian tofu scramble, lentils, veggie sausage and banana pepper toast.
‘Breakfast cuisine in India varies hugely depending on the region but if you think of your Indian breakfast somewhere along these lines, you would be correct,’ she writes.
Breakfast in America
‘Home made thick pancakes with syrup and blueberries, topped off with a few rashers of bacon.
‘Anyone not wishing for a coronary usually opts for a bowl of muesli, so I’m told.
‘Pancakes all the way for me!’
Breakfast in Ghana
‘The most popular breakfast item in this African country is waakye.
‘It’s basically rice cooked in beans and is found at all the street stalls in Ghana.’
Breakfast in Thailand
‘You’ll find this dish at stalls throughout Thailand.
‘It’s a minty spicy fish with a sweet & spicy pork, served with rice.
‘By all accounts it tastes excellent, and it’s cheap at only 30 Bhat.
‘Thai breakfast fare isn’t all that different from what you’d eat for lunch and dinner’
Breakfast in Australia
‘There’s only one crucial ingredient here, Vegemite.
‘Travelling Aussies are often found with a sneaky pot of the sticky, salty brown stuff in their backpack.
‘Just don’t get in the Vegemite vs Marmite war – everybody knows Marmite is better, but let them have their fun.’
Breakfast in Turkey
The full Turkish treatment usually consists of a few varieties of cheese, butter, olives, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, jam, honey, and spicy meat.
Breakfast in Mexico
The delightful plate consists of beef tips, chilequiles and other assorted goodies eaten in Manzanillo.
Nachos, cheese and beans always feature heavily and a delicious, spicy breakfast is the norm.
Breakfast in Poland
Known locally as Jajecznica, a traditional Polish breakfast consists of scrambled eggs covered with slices of custom-made kielbasa and joined by two potato pancakes.
Breakfast in Germany
Wursts, local cheeses and freshly baked bread is the normal fare for a German breakfast.
All washed back with a delicious coffee. (Image via withassociates)
Breakfast in France
‘Ah, le croissant, le croissant, how I love le croissant!
‘Pack them with crushed almonds, butter, chocolate or cream, they always taste good.’
(Image via Pierre-Olivier Carles)
Breakfast in the Philippines
Local fruits like mangoes, rice, and little sausages (known as longganisa).
When fried with salt and garlic cloves it’s known as sinangag.
The sinangag is then combined with eggs, meats and beans. (Image via supafly)
Breakfast in Colombia
‘There are a variety of regional staples to keep your stomach grumbles at bay throughout the day.
‘In Cundinamarca this changua dish is very popular.
‘It’s made from milk, scallions and cheese.’
Three variations on the British and Irish fried breakfast
A full English Breakfast
‘It must have beans, sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, hash browns and toast.
‘Of course, it should all be knocked back with a cup of tea, but black pudding is optional as far as I’m concerned.’
A hearty Scottish breakfast
‘Much like a full English and a full Irish, but the country’s USP is the ‘sumptuous’ slab of haggis served alongside every fat-fried egg.
‘Don’t know what haggis is? Scroll down quick if your animal eating habits err on the queasy side.
‘It’s sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, salt and stock.’
An Irish breakfast
‘You’ve had English and Scottish, now it’s time to learn the Irish USP.
‘That would be white pudding and soda bread.’