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10 amazing breakfasts from around the world

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Whatever the time of day, you can guarantee that someone somewhere in the world is tucking into a hearty breakfast. But just what foods will they be revelling in?

Well, wonder no more, because here’s our guide to exactly how breakfast is enjoyed all over the world. They do call it the most important meal of the day, after all.

Vietnamese breakfast

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In Vietnam, a steaming bowl of pho is much more than just breakfast; it’s practically a way of life. A seemingly simple noodle soup, pho combines meaty broth with rice noodles and well-chosen herbs to create a flavour as subtle as it is complex.

Found on practically every street corner in Vietnam, a breakfast bowl of pho provides a classic culinary image of the country – one that’s taking the world by storm.

Icelandic breakfast

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When the weather outside is frightful, a good breakfast will set you up for the day. At least that’s the thinking in Iceland, where breakfast calls for something simple and filling to really warm your insides up.

The Icelandic answer is hafragrautur, an oatmeal porridge topped with anything from brown sugar to your choice of fruit and nuts.

Mexican breakfast

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Breakfast in Mexico is a calorific affair, with offerings from most of the food groups making themselves at home on your plate.

To enjoy the Mexican breakfast classic huevos rancheros, start things off with two eggs on a fried tostada, pile on some ham, tomatoes, peas, fried bananas, queso fresco and black beans and you’ve got yourself a breakfast fit for a king.

Egyptian breakfast

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Ful, the breakfast of choice in Egypt is a hit all over the Arabic world. Made from fava beans, a type of broad bean, ful is a breakfast that dates back to the times of the Ancient Egyptians (and hey, if it was good enough for them…).

The fava beans are mixed with lemon and garlic and added to tomatoes, olives or hard boiled eggs, making for a breakfast you’ll find and enjoy everywhere in Egypt, from street vendors to gourmet restaurants.

Japanese breakfast

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Fish and rice may not be foods that you’d traditionally associate with breakfast time, but in Japan they’re truly a staple. Alongside a classic bowl of miso soup, you’ll find nattō (fermented soya beans) atop a bowl of rice, as well as grilled fish, dried seaweed and tamagoyaki (omelette).

The finishing touch to this omega-3 packed breakfast is a cup of super healthy green tea, ensuring that a Japanese breakfast is a brain-boosting one.

Turkish breakfast

Unlike the grab-and-go style of some countries, breakfast time in Turkey is a sit-down affair for the whole family. A buffet style meal, breakfast (known as kahvalti) consists of cold meats and fresh veg, flavoured spreads and Turkish tea.

A wide selection of olives, tomatoes, eggs, cheese and breads also make a welcome appearance, giving Turkish folks a healthy and wholesome start to their day.

Venezuelan breakfast

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Often described as the best breakfast food in the world, Venezuela is the home of the delicious arepas: corn cakes that are a bit like little fried muffins of goodness.

These arepas can be packed full with anything you desire, from carbalicious butter or cheese to indulgently rich fillings like chicken, chorizo, avocado, eggs or beans. It’s no wonder that travellers from far and wide make sure to sample a Venezuelan breakfast.

Israeli Breakfast

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Breakfast in Israel is a healthy affair; the day kicking off with a salat katzuts – a fresh and easy salad of cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers that’s been seasoned in lemon juice.

This is paired with a selection of cheeses and freshly baked breads, eggs, olives, jams and hummus for a breakfast that’s as simple as it is satisfying.

Dominican Breakfast

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If you don’t know much about the food of the Dominican Republic, then you’re missing a delicious trick! Traditional breakfast fare here is a staple food known as mangu: mashed plantains that are seasoned with butter or salt.

The appetisingly rich mangu is eaten as an accompaniment to a plateful of salami, eggs and cheese, providing hungry Dominicans with a hearty and robust way to kick off their day.

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