How good are Sundays? And even better if you can start the day with your favourite breakfast ritual!
Curious to find out what our residents from around the world had for their weekend brekkie, we asked seven of our Resident Networkers about their favourite foods and habits.
Name of resident: Firas
Breakfast ritual: A traditional breakfast back home is typically big beans with tomato and eggs alongside bread with special Iraqi cream. At home, we usually eat breakfast at different times depending on when everyone wakes up, but lunch is something special that the entire family eats together.
Name: Becky (Rebecca)
Breakfast ritual: On Sunday mornings, people usually go out for breakfast or brunch with friends or family at a cafe where there are typical foods such as eggs benedict, English breakfast (eggs, sausage, toast, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, hash brown and baked beans), pancakes and avocado toast.
Breakfast ritual: Like most modern Australians, Sandra’s breakfast ritual varies according to the business of her schedule. On a rushed morning, she will take a berry smoothie on the go. However, on a more chilled day, she will opt for some granola with fruit and yoghurt. On days when she is feeling lazy, she will go towards a traditional Aussie breakfast of Milo cereal.
Breakfast ritual: In Fiji, a typical Fijian breakfast dish is Babakau. It’s essentially a Fijian doughnut, made from similar ingredients to a normal doughnut. I’d eat it with butter and jam BUT not just any butter! It has to be with a specific butter that is locally made.
To seal the deal, I’d finish my breakfast with a hot cup of Draunimoli tea. Draunimoli tea is an infusion of lemon leaves in hot water. There isn’t a strict time of the day for breakfast, ideally in the morning before 10am would be the usual time I guess.
Breakfast ritual: During the week my breakfast sometimes consists only of a coffee and a nutella toast, but Sundays are special! Back home, my dad would go to our favourite bakery while everyone is still asleep and get our favourite buns and pastries to have a long family breakfast together. If we wanted to do something even more exciting we’d make pancakes with fruit.
Breakfast ritual: Breakfast dishes in China widely differ from region to region. Chinese people usually eat soybean milk and deep-fried dough sticks, steamed buns, tofu pudding, wheat noodles, or rice noodles for breakfast. Morning tea is a traditional custom for breakfast. It’s not a dish, but a name associated with having breakfast. This traditional custom can be found in Chinatowns all over the world. It is extremely popular in southeast Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau. The two components of Soybean Milk and Deep-Fried Dough Sticks are the most common breakfast combination.
Some locals also like to have deep-fried dough sticks with rice congee. Tofu pudding is a popular Chinese snack made with very soft tofu, which is made from raw beans. Flavours of tofu pudding vary by region. In the north, people like to have salty tofu pudding with soy sauce or salt, or with meat. However, in the south, people prefer the sweet version with ginger and brown sugar syrup. Wontons and dumplings are two similar types of food, which are comprised of a square or round wrapper (a dough skin made of flour and water) and fillings.
Right to left: Tofu Pudding, Wontons and Dumplings, Soybean Milk and Deep-Fried Dough Sticks, Morning Tea and Dim Sum
Breakfast ritual: I hail from Chennai, which is a capital city in Tamil Nadu, a state which is situated in the South side of India. A typical Sunday breakfast for us would be Dosa or Idli or Pongal or Poori with Vadai, Chutney and Sambar. Sunday breakfasts are special because it’s the only day where everyone is at home and usually after breakfast we all head out for a movie or so. India is a diverse country and hence the breakfast options are numerous and vary from state to state. This is the breakfast ritual from my state in India.
Images from left to right: Dosa and Idli with different types of chutney and Sambar / Pongal and Vadai /Poori.
Want to experience different foods from all around the world?
Then make sure to come along to the Cultural Potluck on Sunday, 26th of August at Yura Mudang level 8 at 6.30pm.
We hope to see you and your favourite dish there!
Avinash, Eva, Lissy, Niharica, Ruth and Sam