Best Breakfast Food to Have in Asia (And Where to Find it in Singapore)
Asia has a wide selection of cuisines and every region has its own specialty. Likewise, the selection of breakfast food in this region is unique. If you are adventurous with your food and like to start your day with a hearty meal, this list is for you.
Some countries in Asian prefer to have bread for breakfast, whilst others regularly eat rice and other grains. In some Asian cultures, breakfast is a heavy meal complete with rice and several side dishes full of flavour.
These are some of the breakfast meals in Asia you shouldn’t miss out on:
1. Banh Mi, Vietnam
Banh Mi are baguette sandwiches in Vietnam. For breakfast, people usually eat a version of this sandwich with sunny side up eggs or an omelette. Sometimes, minced pork called Pate is added too. Banh Mi is an awesome breakfast option as it contains lots of prickled vegetables and coriander which balances out the greasiness of the meat and fried eggs.
Breakfast Banh Mi with eggs are called Banh Mi Op La and you often have the option of ordering it with meat or without.
- Where to find it: Moc Quan Aliwal, 77 Aliwal Street, Singapore
- Price: SGD 6.00 – SGD 10.00
2. Nasi Lemak, Malaysia
Nasi Lemak is the traditional dish of Malaysia and the locals eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And understandably so, it is delicious.
The star of the dish is the rice cooked in coconut milk. It should be savory and very fragrant. The rice is always served with a spicy chili sauce called sambal, as well as fried anchovies and peanuts. A sunny side up or boiled egg often completes the set and sometimes slices of fresh cucumber are added.
You can find nasi lemak sold is small pyramid-shaped packets by the roadside in the mornings. However, for a bigger, more filling meal you can eat in a shop where you can add other sides like fried chicken, curried prawns, beef rendang and more to your meal.
- Where to find it: No. 1 Adam’s Nasi Lemak, #01-01, Adam Road Food Centre, 2 Adam Road, Singapore 289876.
- Price: About SGD 4.50
3. Traditional Breakfast Set, Japan
Although Japan is filled with all kinds of different dishes, people traditionally ate only one typical type of breakfast in the past. This included a bowl of rice, grilled fish, some vegetables and natto, the “stinky soybeans” that you either love or hate. Often, the Japanese will mix the natto into the rice with soy sauce and a raw egg.
The Japanese breakfast set has been labeled one of the healthiest traditional breakfast in the world, due to its low fat and low sodium properties. Definitely worth a try!
- Where to find it: TGM (The Green Market), Airport Boulevard | Terminal 2, Singapore, Singapore ( Breakfast set served from 6AM to 10.30AM)
4. Uppuma or Upma, South India
Breakfasts in India are some of the most varied and flavoursome available. From North to South, Indian breakfast dishes can vary a lot depending on the region: ingredients and spices One of the easiest comfort foods to prepare for a breakfast Indian-style is Upma. This breakfast recipe is really fast and easy to prepare, which is why it has maintained its popularity right into the modern age.
Basically, the recipe consists of dry roasted semolina cooked with boiling water until it gets a porridge-like consistency. The semolina is then seasoned with salt and spices and then cooked until it forms a thick mixture. When it cools, the Upma has the texture of a savory rice cake.
- Where to find it: Premaas Cusine, 6 Dalhousie Lane, Singapore
- Price: SGD 5.00- SGD 10.00
5. Congee or Porridge, China
We love our rice porridge because it makes for a hearty, warm and affordable breakfast. It’s the best thing to perk you up when you’re feeling sleepy and sluggish. Chinese style congee is usually cooked with various ingredients, including minced pork, century eggs, salted eggs, fish, and innards.
Usually, the Chinese eat porridge with a piece of deep-fried dough stick (you tiao) which gives a crunchy texture to the whole meal.
- Where to find it: Li Fang Porridge, Blk 270 Queen Street 01-78, Singapore 180270
- Price: SGD 3.00- SGD 6.00
6. TapSiLog, Philippines
The Filipino TapSiLog is a combination of three things: tapa ( cured beef), sinigang ( sour stew) and itlog (egg). It’s one of the most typical breakfast options in the Phillippines, where people enjoy eating a combination of fried rice, eggs and meat for breakfast.
- Where to find it: Kabayan Filipino Restaurant, #03-25 Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road, Singapore 238863
- Prices: SGD 5.00-SGD10.00
Asian breakfast to start the day
It is said that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and we all have our own breakfast staples. Some prefer to stick some roti canai or some fried bee hoon. Others prefer healthier food and can’t live without your overnight oats and chia pudding. Either way, there is nothing better than starting the day with a proper meal. What is your favourite breakfast recipe? Let us know in the comments below.
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