What do words like cereal, eggs, toast and pancakes bring to mind? Ask anyone adhering to a standard American diet, and they would readily reply: “Breakfast, of course!” But this is simply a result of longtime habit aided by some clever marketing.
While most cultures do consider breakfast to be the most important meal of the day, what breakfast looks like varies greatly from place to place.
The Japanese, for example, enjoy miso soup, fish, pickled vegetables and tofu in the morning. Koreans think nothing odd of having bulgogi, a dish made of marinated slices of beef or pork, popular in the U.S. but eaten for lunch or dinner. In Israel, it is not unusual to see cheese and olives on breakfast plates. And Jamaicans love a bowl of fragrant curried chicken stew to start their day.
So next time you feel like having dinner for breakfast, remember that you are not alone. There are millions of people around the world doing just that.