It could very well be argued that Asia is home to the finest cooking in the world, and with such an eclectic kitchen you wouldn’t like to bet against it, From the delicious grills of Turkey and Iran to the mouth-watering spices of India,The fresh seafood of Japan and Vietnam, the melting pot that is Malaysia, the popularity of China and everything in between, you can find something to suit everyone’s taste buds. Real foodies will find it almost impossible to settle on a favorite.

Asian food combinations are seemingly immeasurable

But mixed in with the traditional and well-known favorites, this part of the world also has its fair share of the wonderful and weird breakfast when it comes to pleasing the palette. Globetrotting duo Agness and Cez from eTramping have much experience living in and traveling Asia, and since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, let them show you some of the strangest bites you can try the first thing in the morning. For the words “food” and “strange,” just read “different!”

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China

Like many famous cuisines from around the world. The breakfast dishes are rarely the first thing you think of, and China is no exception. That’s because they’re not exactly famous for it! Would you ever consider eating dumplings first thing in the morning?! Baozi is a steamed bun filled with meat (usual pork) and vegetables that you’ll see the Chinese devouring early doors.

Weird Breakfast is served – China style

And how about the very unappealingly named “bean juice” to wash it down? Similar to soy milk, it’s made from mungo beans and served hot. Mmmm…delicious…?!

Why you should try it – It’ll certainly keep your hunger at bay and comes with a variety of fillings. Bean juice is very healthy too.

Thailand

The Thai’s are world-famous for their lunch and dinner dishes, with the likes of Thai green or red curries and Pad Thai being among the most popular and beloved eats in this country. But why is it in the weirdest breakfast? Well, you might be surprised (and overjoyed – depending on how much you love Thai food) to learn that breakfast doesn’t differ a great deal from the rest of the day.

Thai green curry for breakfast anyone?

Arguably the most common purely breakfast food is a rice congee called chok mu sap. It’s sort of like a porridge style rice dish with pork and maybe a raw egg. It’s as close to a bowl of cereal as you’ll find in these parts!

Why you should try it – It’s usually offered with loads of extras like shredded pork, spring onions, garlic, ginger…you name it! Variety is the spice of life!

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Japan

Japan is the home of the finest sushi on the planet, and as well as having a fantastic selection of delicious and healthy cuisine. Its little wonder that the oldest living person in the world is regularly Japanese. And not only is the lunch and dinner menu incredibly good for you, but their breakfast plates are stacked with vitamins and minerals too. That doesn’t mean you’ll actually want to eat it!

Enjoying the sites in Japan – most likely before a big feed! Japan makes the list too in weirdest breakfasts in asia

Natto is a traditional Japanese food regularly consumed in the morning, but it won’t sound at all appealing to anyone who isn’t from there. It’s basically fermented soybeans on rice and although it’s meant to be really healthy, it stinks to high heaven with a slimy consistency. I think we’ll stick to a Japanese omelet, thanks.

Why you should try it – You’ll certainly obtain a badge of honour if you can get past the stench.

Iran

More and more visitors are discovering just why Iran is one of the finest countries on earth to visit, with stunning architecture, beautiful nature and countryside while boasting famed hospitality to boot. But they also offer some of the most delicious cuisines you’re ever likely to taste.

The sites (as well as the food) make a visit to Iran really special

Nobody makes bread better than the Iranians, and while a traditional loaf served with cheese and sweet tea might not be the weirdest breakfast to most people, Kalleh Pacheh almost certainly will be. Boiled sheep or cows’ hooves and head, maybe with a dash of lime. It’s a far cry from a bacon and egg McMuffin, that’s for sure.

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Why you should try it – It’ll get you out of bed in the morning. They start preparing it at 3 am and you won’t find it after 9.

Kyrgyzstan

This central Asian country has been steadily attracting a cult following in recent years. Largely thanks to its unspoiled outdoor scene, including some world-class hiking, climbing, and biking. Food wise, the country isn’t ever going to threaten eastern cuisine, generally being plain fare that’s heavy on the carbs. You’ll be lucky to find a vegetarian option that isn’t just tomato and lettuce.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Kyrgyzstan

Horses are idolized here and it seems no part of them goes to waste. Kumis is the national drink, popular throughout the day but very much enjoyed first thing in the morning. It’s fermented mare’s milk – and is most definitely an acquired taste. The Kyrgyz swear by it though – claiming it can cure whatever ails you. Perhaps not if it makes you sick in the first place.

Why you should try it – They say you’ve never been to Kyrgyzstan until you’ve stayed in a yurt, ridden a horse and drank Kumis. Good luck to you and your stomach.

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Vietnam

In a country that is often shamefully overlooked in favor of Thailand, Vietnam more than holds its own when it comes to Southeast Asian cooking. The sights smell and taste you’ll enjoy here put it firmly on the world’s culinary map. It has a wondrous variety too. If you don’t like the look of this weird breakfast dish (and you won’t) you can always find something to taste.

Agness is tempted by some Vietnamese treats

Perhaps more than most, the Vietnamese are really “out there” when it comes to different types of breakfast. Pho is the most popular and well-known breakfast (a noodle soup) but as far as weirdest breakfast go, you’ll have to travel a long way to beat balut. It’s a developing bird embryo that’s boiled and consumed from the shell. I think we’ll give it a pass.

Why you should try it – Perhaps you shouldn’t. It’s frowned upon in many circles, not least animal welfare and human health.

 

BIO:

Agness and Cez - eTramping

When best friends Agness and Cez are not devouring their favorite Portuguese deserts, exploring East Asia or on the hunt for their next adventure, they’re to be found busily writing their travel blog eTramping. The Polish pair has been bringing the world awesome travel advice since 2011 when they decided to flee the daily grind and explore the planet. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to find out what they might be eating next!

 

16 Replies to “The Weirdest Breakfasts in Asia and Why You Should Try Them”

  1. Okay I just have to say that I’m jealous of all your travelling. I’ve done some but not much and I long to do more. That said, I’d be willing to try some of the things you mentioned. Like the dumpling from China. But anything that smells strongly (and bad) I can’t do. I just can’t. No badges for me!

  2. Vansh, thank you so much for having me here! I hope your readers are as big foodies as I am and they will try some of these weird breakfasts when visiting Asia 😀 Greetings from Hualien, Taiwan 🙂 P.S. I’m having an almond latte tomorrow morning for my brekkie (nothing unusual really :P)

    1. Hey Agness , it’s pleasure having you here. Thank you so much for sharing the weirdest breakfasts with my readers and I am sure people are going to love your suggested lists. Hopefully you don’t count almond latte in weirdest, enjoy your day.

  3. Very interesting. Many many years ago, I was traveling with my parents and we went into this very small family run place somewhere in eastern europe. We couldn’t read the menu, and no one spoke german or english in that area, so we just pointed and hoped for the best.
    We got cooked pork feet, and while it looked strange and a bit gross to get four feet standing on a platter with mashed vegetables around them, it actually tasted quite good.

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