10/01/2018 |

What breakfast looks like across cultures

For some, a frenzied take-away, for others a peaceful ritual, breakfast is that meal before work you either love or just forget about. We’ve taken a look at what breakfast looks like for various cultures.



Contrary to what some may believe, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day to Brazilians. It’s generally a light meal involving bread, butter, cheese, ham, and a coffee. Fruit is also a staple part of the Brazilian breakfast.



The French breakfast typically revolves around two factors: minimalism and butter. Breakfast typically involves baguettes, pastries and, of course, croissants. Pair these up with a coffee and you have the ideal, simple French start to the day.



A typical Indian breakfast will vary across regions, however, a common factor will be the desire for food that is flavoursome and often spicy. The meal will often include roti (flatbread), dosas (thin crepes) or idlis (steamed rice-dough pancakes) along with an assortment of dips and chutneys. Beverages accompanying breakfast will be anything from drip coffee to masala chai.



A breakfast spread in Greece may include boiled eggs, bread, fetta, tomatoes, olive oil and of course, yogurt. Some interesting alternatives include tiganites, Greek-style pancakes served with tahini and trahana, pasta made with milk and served with fetta.



If breakfast is your thing, you may want to head to Morocco… they have 2 breakfasts a day! The first normally occurs in the morning and the second mid-morning. The most prominent Moroccan food staple is bread, which you’ll find plenty of at breakfast time. This will usually be accompanied by fresh goat’s cheese, olives and a fried egg. The Moroccan breakfast would be incomplete without a cup of tea!



Meals consumed at breakfast in Korea are fairly similar to the kind of foods you’d find at lunch or dinner, in smaller quantities. Families will usually eat a bowl of rice and soup accompanied by 2 to 6 side dishes, a lot of which are leftovers from the previous day. Add in some kimchi and you have the perfect Korean breakfast!



Japanese breakfast is generally light, savoury and simple. The breakfast spread may include miso soup, steamed white rice, pickled vegetables, cooked fish or tofu and dried seaweed. Coffee is traditionally dismissed in favour of a cup of green tea.



You’re in for a hearty meal with a Mexican breakfast. One popular breakfast item is chilaquiles – fried corn tortilla chips topped with green or red salsa and occasionally chicken, refried beans, eggs and cheese.


Any of these breakfast ideas getting you hungry? It’s easy to miss out on breakfast on a busy morning, so what better way to remedy this than by bringing it along to work? Did you know breakfast could be an opportunity to raise important conversations about workplace cultural diversity?


A Taste of Harmony is an event held in workplaces where team members bring a dish from their culture of origin or affinity. The purpose is to start meaningful conversations about cultural diversity and workplace inclusion. By bringing a plate, we can bring cultural diversity to the table as a topic of discussion.

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