When it comes to breakfast, many of us in the U.S. are accustomed to our classic eggs, bacon, and toast, maybe with a side of fruit or a pastry to take on the go. Some of us may just stick with grabbing a cup of coffee at the drive-through! But have you ever wondered what breakfast might look like around the world? This month at Swanton Street Diner, we’re talking about typical breakfast traditions in the Middle East, Japan, and Sweden!
Middle Eastern Traditions
Middle Eastern breakfasts are an assortment of small dishes reminiscent of a mezze platter. Some popular items include hummus, often topped with olive oil and paprika. Falafel, deep-fried balls made from ground chickpeas or fava beans, seasoned with herbs and spices, also offer a crunchy and satisfying element to the meal.
Labneh, is often served with olive oil and herbs, which provides a refreshing and tangy component. Fresh vegetables also add a crunchy and hydrating touch to the breakfast spread. Olives, pickles, and feta cheese are common additions, adding saltiness and richness to the meal!
The traditional Japanese breakfast reflects the country’s focus on balance and harmony in both nutrition and presentation. It typically consists of several small dishes, each contributing to a wholesome and satisfying meal. One major component is steamed rice, a staple of Japanese cuisine, which provides a source of energy for the day.
Miso soup is a flavorful and nourishing soup made from fermented soybean paste and is often accompanied by ingredients like seaweed, tofu, and green onions. Grilled fish, usually a small piece of fish like salmon or mackerel, is lightly seasoned and grilled. Nori seaweed sheets, served alongside rice, offer a unique taste and texture. Natto (fermented soybeans) and pickled vegetables are sometimes included as a source of probiotics!
Swedish breakfasts focus on freshness, simplicity, and wholesome ingredients. It typically includes whole-grain bread and other various bread options for their nutritional value. Crispbread, a staple in Swedish cuisine, is a thin and crunchy bread made from rye or other grains, providing a satisfying crunch to the breakfast spread. Muesli, a mix of oats, dried fruits, nuts, and sometimes yogurt or milk, is also popular!
Cold cuts and cheese, slices of cheese, ham, or smoked salmon, are often served alongside the bread and crispbread, offering a savory and protein-rich element. Fresh fruit, like berries, apples, and citrus fruits, are common choices, contributing to the Swedish love for locally sourced and seasonal produce!
Visit Swanton Street Diner for Breakfast!
We hope you enjoyed this peek at what some breakfast routines look like around the world, as these are just a few of the endless traditions worldwide! Whether you’re craving a sweet or savory breakfast, we have a bit of everything to satisfy your tastebuds at Swanton Street Diner. To discover all the delicious food options we have, check out our online menu. We look forward to seeing you!
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