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Wonderful worldwide breakfasts

Whether you live in Bangkok, Paris or Peru, breakfast is a very important meal. And whilst cereal is loved all over the world, many countries have their own unique breakfast traditions. We’ve picked a few from around the globe. Now all you have to do is book a round-the-world trip to try them all…

Japan

Rice is nice … and the Japanese love it with a soybean puree known as natto.

A traditional Japanese breakfast of Natto and rice

China

Gruel, a thin porridge made with cereal and water or milk, is one of the most ancient breakfasts and is still eaten all over the world. The Chinese version is called Congee, a rice gruel topped with pickled tofu, strings of dried meat or egg.

a bowl of porridge, rice and eggs with the chinese flag

Turkey

Yum Yum! The Turks know a thing or two about satisfying the morning tummy rumbles. They love their ‘Kaymak’; honey and clotted cream on toasted bread and fried eggs with a delicious spicy sausage called sucuk.

a slice of bread with clotted cream and honey with the Turkish flag

Italy

The Italians do breakfast on the go – hot, fast and sugary - “cappuccino e cornetto” is basically just a cup of coffee and a sweet croissant.

a cup of coffee and sweet croissant with an italian flag

Argentina

Not for the faint-hearted, ‘Fracturas’ is a sugar-rush of a breakfast consisting of buttery, flaky pastries topped with sweetened milk, which has been boiled and reduced to a thick, sticky sauce called Dulce de Leche.

three fracturas with the Argentinian flag

Peru

Peruvians love raw fish in the mornings - they tuck into ‘Ceviche’ - raw fish cured in citrus juices, with chillies.

raw shrimp in a bowl with the Peruvian flag

Bolivia

The Bolivian breakfast might sound more like a dinnertime dish - Salteña is a morning meal of stewed meat and vegetables in a thick pastry case with a hot sauce.

three saltenas with a Bolivian flag

Costa Rica

Cock-a-doodle-do! There’s nothing like a bit of ‘spotted rooster’ to wake you up in the morning. Made up of black beans, rice, salsa and avocado, this delicious mixture is eaten with a corn tortilla and fried plantain.

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