Plate of this or some deep fried devils?
Hawaii, USA – The Loco Moco
Hawaii's breakfast of distinction is a big one: two huge scoops rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg and smothered in brown gravy. If you order the extra-large version at Ken's House of Pancakes in Hilo on the Big Island, the staff yells, "Sumo!"
Ireland – The Ulster Fry
Ireland, England and Scotland have a three-way battle for the U.K.'s heartiest breakfast. Ireland's entry is the Ulster Fry. Named for a province in Northern Ireland, it consists of a massive plate of eggs, bacon and sausages, with tomatoes, mushrooms, soda farls (soda bread) and potato farls (potato bread) – skillet-cooked in bacon fat until crispy! And that's just the basic version.
England - The Full English Breakfast
The Full English is an appropriate name. It will make you full. The common components are eggs, rashers (slices of bacon), mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans, bread, potato hash, sausages and black pudding (another type of sausage made from blood.) Top that off with brown sauce and you have The Full English.
Scotland - The Full Scottish Breakfast
Light breakfast eaters know Scotland as the land of oatmeal, or as they call it, porridge. Bigger eaters augment their oats with eggs, bacon, haggis (a sausage-like dish stuffed in a pig stomach), baked beans and tattie scones (a softer cake-like scone served with jam.) Don't skip a generous portion of finnan haddie (salted haddock smoked over a peat fire), as it's the region's most prized breakfast fare.
China - Deep Fried Devils
If you've ever wanted a donut the length of a loaf of French bread, China is your destination. Street vendors twist together strips of dough and deep fry them to create crullers that are as long 12-inches. They are devilishly delicious when dipped into flavored soy milk.
Germany - Famous Sausages
The average German consumes 67 pounds of sausage per year. That's the average weight of a 10-year-old boy! It's no wonder, since Germany boasts over 1,500 varieties to choose from. If you don't get to try one of their traditional German sausages for your morning meal, have no fear. Germans partake in Zweites Frühstück... a second breakfast eaten mid-morning!
Oaxaca, Mexico - Huevos Oaxaca
In Southern Mexico, the state of Oaxaca is known for dishes with fresh ingredients and a spicy kick. For breakfast – or desayuno, the traditional meal is a picante scramble of eggs, cheese, hot and mild peppers, onions and plenty of spices, served with just-fried tortilla strips and potatoes or black beans.
"Named for a province in Northern Ireland, it consists of a massive plate of eggs, bacon and sausages, with tomatoes, mushrooms, soda farls and potato farls – skillet-cooked in bacon fat until crispy! And that's just the basic version."
Spain - Chocolate con Churros
For the international breakfast lover with a sweet tooth, Spain is a place to indulge. Their churros, sometimes called Spanish doughnuts, are accompanied by a mug of melted chocolate for dipping. A single serving can include as many as 10 churros. ¡Muy delicioso!
The Bahamas - Stew Fish & Grits
Before you enjoy the white sands and crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, you'll want to load up on a tradition Bahamian breakfast: buttery corn grits as thick as mashed potatoes and a stew of fresh-from-the-sea fish such as mackerel, tuna, sardines, or their famous pink-shelled delicacy, conch.
Southern USA - Biscuits & Gravy
In the Southern United States, you'll find split biscuits drowning in a thick, peppery sausage gravy. The thing that makes this item particularly hearty is that it's often served just as a side dish or precursor to even bigger, heartier breakfast provisions like fried chicken or catfish, ham steak, eggs, and hash.
Netherlands - The Original Donut
Oliebollen (literally translated “oil balls”) are deep fried fritters that often includes raisins or currants and are usually dusted with powdered sugar. In the mid-19th century, they traveled to the U.S. under the name olykoeks, or oily cakes, and food historians consider them the father of modern doughnuts. With deference to everything the doughnut has since transformed into, the Netherlands is the place to appreciate the simplicity of this sweet treat in its purest form.
Belgium - Belgian Waffles
No respectable breakfast lover would ever visit Belgium without having a Belgian waffle. However, there's a couple things you should know. In Belgium, the Belgian waffle is known as the Brussels waffles. Expect some funny looks when you order it for breakfast. In its native land, the famous waffle is noshed on as snack or a dessert. Belgians don't eat Belgian waffles for breakfast!
Kaliningrad, Russia - Deadly Pancakes
The Blini (traditional thin Russian pancake) isn't particularly hearty on its own. But when Russian Pancake Week (Maslenitsa) comes around the week before Lent, it’s a different story. Blinis are stuffed with fillings, get piled high, and a great eating contest is held. In March of 2009, the winner of the contest died on stage after eating 42 banana and cream stuffed Blinis. Now that's a hearty breakfast. Rest in peace Boris Isayev.
Australia – The Australian Meat Pie
Looking for a hearty breakfast down under? No worries mate! Australia's breakfast-on-the-go staple is a hand-held pie filled with meat and gravy. Kangaroo meat isn't popular among locals but it is easy to find. Add a smear of Vegemite yeast paste and you have the start to a g'day, by cracky!
Las Vegas, Nevada USA - Casino Breakfast Buffet
Imagine nearly every item on this list being available in one place. Dream that you could eat all you wanted for one reasonable price. The breakfast buffets of Las Vegas are a breakfast lover's dream come true. "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?" Not so true when you come home five pounds heavier. For one of the best-rated buffets, try the Paris Casino on the Vegas strip.
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