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Feb 21, 2005 08:41 AM

traditional ethnic breakfast

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i love breakfast foods and would love to try new ones. what are some traditional breakfast foods? being japanese i know a traditional breakfast might include grilled salmon, rice, natto, tofu, miso soup, and pickles. so what do your meals consist of?

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  1. My traditional ethnic breakfast consists of two eggs over easy, a short stack of buttermilk pancakes, bacon or sausage links, and hot coffee.

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    1. re: Ellen

      My traditional breakfast would be two fried eggs, haggis, fried tomatoes, fried bread, back bacon, black pudding and several slices of cottage loaf bread, butter and thick cut marmalade and coffee.
      Last time I had that was in Scotland in 2003. I loved it but now its much simpler - a double liquid diet shake.

      1. re: Zoe

        That sounds very good

    2. Chinese breakfast:
      1. Rice porridge
      2. Dim sum
      3. Taiwanese style, fried yu tiao (crullers) and fresh soymilk (shao bing) to dip in.

      Singaporean/ Malaysian:
      1. nasi lemak - rice cooked in coconut milk, eaten with fried anchovies (ikan bilis) and peanuts, an omelette, slice of cucumber, sambal belacan (hot sauce made with prawn paste) and maybe otak (barbecued ground/ minced fish)

      2. Roti prata/ canai - fried bread that has been twirled and tossed like a pizza to aerate and for thinness. Eaten dipped in curry sauce, or with sugar. In Singapore an egg is sometimes mixed in with the roti while it's cooking.

      3. Kaya bread - toast with kaya jam, made from coconut and eggs (v healthy!!), with coffee laced with condensed milk. Served in thick cups and you pour it into the saucer to cool before drinking.

      Oh man, I'm getting hungry!

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      1. re: vidia

        oh wow--kaya bread sounds yummy
        is it possible to find in US (NYC in particular if you know)? Or how hard would it be to assmeble at home (in respect to getting all the ingredients)?

        Thank you

        1. re: Olga

          Olga, I've seen kaya for sale in LA, and think in NYC it would be quite likely. Try Kam Man in Chinatown, or any of the bigger Asian marts. Sometimes it looks eggy yellow and sometimes it looks green (I think that is when it is flavored with pandan leaves, which go well with coconut). But I gotta warn you, enjoy in moderation!

          If you can't find it and want to make it, here's a recipe to try - I haven't tried it, though.


      2. In Turkey the traditional breakfast consists of a boiled egg, olives, slices of cucumber & tomato, cheese, and lots of fresh bread, jam & butter.

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        1. re: turkishlad

          Have you ever made red lentil soup ? I'm trying to recreate a soup I get at a Turkish restaurant, and all the recipes I find are Egyptian. It seemed to have mint and maybe yogurt in it.

          1. re: coll

            I noticed this Turkish red lentil soup, garnished with mint leaves, the last time I was searching one of my favirte webites, Soupsong...there were a few different red lentil soups on it....


            1. re: galleygirl

              Thanks so much, I was just getting ready to start the soup! I might try adding a little Greek yogurt, since I have it, but maybe not, now that I see the recipe.

              1. re: coll

                When I make any lentil soups, or red lentil, dahl, bean, etc, I usually serve them with a big scoop of yogurt that I stir into them....


                1. re: coll

                  That is the most excellent idea! Thanks

                  1. re: coll

                    I made the Turkish Red Lentil soup tonight, adding a couple of ideas from the Egyptian recipe (some cumin, garlic and parsley, and I used tomato juice instead of paste). My husband just about licked the bowl clean and said "Don't lose this recipe!"

                    1. re: coll

                      Oh and I didn't use the bulgar, and I tried the yogurt but it doesn't need it. Thanks Galleygirl!

          2. Huevos rancheros over easy, carne de puerco guisada, papas, frijoles charros, tortillas.


            1. A Hong Kong-style breakfast may include

              Scrambled egg sandwich (using a springier, more elastic style of white bread, formed in a rectangular prism shape), maybe with corned beef or other items in the eggs.

              Elbow macaroni in soup

              A soupier porridge cooked in milk

              congee, with dough fritter or the sweeter "ox tongue" fritter with plain or dried shrimp rice noodle roll

              eggs, bacon, maybe frankfurters

              noodles in soup

              Coffee, HK style milk tea, or coffee/HK tea mix