Breakfast around the world

During a world cruise, one of the few constant routines which can be kept, and what most passengers base their day around, is mealtimes. Cruising is notorious for those who love to indulge and quite often all those weeks of portion controlling and healthy eating can go out of the window once on board being treated to three beautifully prepared meals a day - plus plenty of snacks in-between!

When sailing on a world cruise you have 120 nights of sampling cuisines from all over the world as our culinary teams take inspiration from far-flung ports and enchanting destinations to create stunning dishes for passenger satisfaction.

So as breakfast is the most important meal of the day we are rounding up the top breakfasts from our 2018 and 2019 Grand Round the World Cruises destinations.

How do you like your eggs in the morning?

Eggs and Mexican breakfasts go together like tea and toast. Mexican breakfasts are a great way to introduce yourself to world cruise breakfast cuisine, it seems familiar to your palate but it introduces your taste buds to some spice first thing in the morning.

For those looking to dip their toes into new cuisines then the absolute stalwart of Huevos Rancheros is the best place to start. This dish has become a bit of a staple across the world as a breakfast/brunch dish and is much loved. Tomatoes, garlic, onions, chillies and chipotle make up the famous sauce which is home to the cracked egg which cooks nicely on top of the sauce absorbing its rich flavours to be served on a corn tortilla with cheese, refried beans and guacamole.

Fancy trying this dish before you sail away on a world cruise? Take a peek atChew Town’srecipe of decadent Huevos Rancheros.

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Fishing Around

Japanese breakfasts are sometimes lauded as one of the healthiest on the planet and one of the best for getting your body fuelled for the day. While in most major Japanese cities breakfast is most often on the go on the commute to work, for those with a bit more time on their hands, the first meal of the day is actually quite an undertaking in terms of cooking and preparing.

Steamed rice is normally accompanied by pickled vegetables, raw or cooked egg, natto (a fermented soybean curd) and leftover fish or meat from the night before. By mixing rice, natto and egg you gain a bowl which actually resembles porridge mixed with rice pudding.

Miso soup is also quite popular for breakfast and is a great way for anyone on a world cruise to gently introduce their stomachs to a new cultural cuisine. Most miso contains dried seaweed, mushrooms, tofu, miso paste and green onions, so don’t be put off by the ingredients, this dish is a great way to detoxify the body and get rid of pollutants, and what cereal can claim that!

Want to create your own Japanese breakfast before heading on the World Cruise 2019 to Kagoshima and Yokohama – here is the Minimalist Baker’s version of morning miso.

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A Taste of Home

For those who are after a dish which is reasonably similar to a home cooked breakfast then look no further than the Vietnamese banh mi op la sandwich. This warming and stodgy dish is quite akin to a fried egg baguette with a tailored twist. In most restaurants, the bread is baked to be the perfect individual portion size and your eggs are cooked in a small personal frying pan which is a great way to feel like you’re being catered for!  The eggs are quickly fried and served in your pan along with Vietnamese meats and spiced sausages with vegetables and onions served on the side.

Possibly one of the most famous dishes from Vietnam has to be pho, a noodle dish made with pork and beef/chicken stock served with rice noodles and small slices of meat. For most visitors on a world cruise stop in either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, pho can be seen as a light lunch or dinner which is served across both cities in large proportions. However, for the Vietnamese, this meal is the national breakfast dish as it’s viewed as being filling enough to start your day but light enough as to not be too stodgy and put you back to sleep.

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Sugar and spice and all things nice

Much like Japan, breakfast in Hong Kong can often be an on the go meal as people move from the outer districts and islands into Hong Kong central to start their working day. In our recent 24 hours in Hong Kong post, we looked at different restaurants throughout the city, however the one dish which stuck out was the cheap and cheerful Po Lo bun. This little sweet treat is a bun served warm with crispy outer edges and a sweet middle. The word Po Lo actually means pineapple in Chinese, despite, the bun containing no pineapple at all. Instead it refers to the sweet sticky taste and consistency. In 2014 the Hong Kong Government even listed the bun as a part of its cultural heritage.

 

Check out Lady and Pups recipe to create your own Po Lo bun.

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Egg & chips – just missing the ham

Breakfasts vary from state to state in India with each state proclaiming that its own dish is the traditional breakfast of India. However for those on a first-time world cruise to India you can be forgiven for mistaking it for lunch or dinner. Curry and rice is often the first meal of the day throughout India and for those who have a stomach for strong tastes first thing in the morning then be sure to help yourself to any of the hundreds of onion breakfast dishes.

If you’re looking for something to help soak up any alcohol from the night before then the Mumbai dish of Sali par edu is the perfect one for you.. Literally translated as eggs on chips, this dish contains thinly sliced potato sticks deep fried and sautéed with onion, garlic, ginger and chillies before having an egg cracked on top to be baked. For a familiar taste, it can be served with beans and toast. Although this dish is quite heavy it will ensure that you definitely stay full until lunchtime and are getting a well-rounded meal to fuel your day.

An adopted Middle Eastern treat

While you can be forgiven for presuming that all Israeli cuisine consists of hummus, and yes it is hidden within many dishes or served constantly next to your meal no matter what you’re having, breakfast is a slightly more adventurous time of day for the residents of Tel Aviv. Be sure to try shakshouka, the Israeli version of huevos rancheros, which, much like its Mexcian cousin, was created to feed hungry mouths who had been working the lands of the kibbutzes. And yes it is accompanied by a salad and hummus!

Bourekas are a small pastry delight which is now seen as a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine although its origins are firmly rooted in Turkey. The dish moved with the exiled Jewish population before they settled in Israel. They are rectangular slices of puff or filo pastry filled with cheeses and vegetables, making it the perfect savoury snack for those who need a break from all the sweet treats available on a world cruise.

 

And if you’re salivating already be sure to check out The Grapevine’s recipe for bourekas.

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A breakfast fit for the Greek Gods

You know you’re coming back into European waters and nearing home when the food you experience starts to seem more familiar. At the end of the 2018 world cruise Athens is your first stop back in European waters and an opportunity to try some tiganites is definitely in order!

These little Mediterranean treasures hail to be the first documented pancakes in the world, and they’re still a firm Greek favourite to this day so it would be rude not to indulge. These are made from a simple mixture of eggs, flour, sugar, milk and olive oil. Once cooked, locals prefer to enjoy them with a drizzle of fresh honey with some chopped walnuts scattered over the top.

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For those who are after a dish which is reasonably similar to a home cooked breakfast then look no further than the Vietnamese banh mi op la sandwich. This warming and stodgy dish is quite akin to a fried egg baguette with a tailored twist. In most restaurants, the bread is baked to be the perfect individual portion size and your eggs are cooked in a small personal frying pan which is a great way to feel like you’re being catered for! The eggs are quickly fried and served in your pan along with Vietnamese meats and spiced sausages with vegetables and onions served on the side.

 

Possibly one of the most famous dishes from Vietnam has to be pho, a noodle dish made with pork and beef/chicken stock served with rice noodles and small slices of meat. For most visitors on a world cruise stop in either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, pho can be seen as a light lunch or dinner which is served across both cities in large proportions. However, for the Vietnamese, this meal is the national breakfast dish as it’s viewed as being filling enough to start your day but light enough as to not be too stodgy and put you back to sleep.