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17 Asian-Style Breakfasts You Need In Your Life

Even better than pancakes and bacon.

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We recently asked people from the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite Asian breakfast dishes. Here are their best responses:

1. Vietnamese Bahn Mi Op La (Fried Egg Sandwich)

"My fave is Vietnamese banh mi op la, which is basically just a fried egg in a delicious crispy small baguette, with a little chili sauce. Wash it down with some fresh juice and a ca phe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee), and it'll be the best start to your day!" —Kieran Wemyss Crowe, Facebook

Recipe here.

2. Japanese Omurice (Fried Rice Omelette)

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This version cooks the eggs flat in a separate pan and drizzles ketchup and mayo on top of the whole thing. Recipe here.

3. Korean Misugaru Latte


Packed with protein and sweet and nutty flavor, this grain-based drink is often sold at rest stops and cafes in Korea as an on-the-go meal or filling snack. Recipe here.

4. Filipino Tamales

"From the province of Pampanga in the Philippines, these are tamales made of rice flour, shredded chicken, and salted duck egg. They're wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. Pair it with a glass of carabao milk and slices of ripe mango. Mangan tana!" —Rogelio Reyes, Facebook

Recipe here.

5. Chinese Jianbing (Savory Crepe)

"I live in China and youtiao (Chinese doughnut) is great but nothing beats a fresh jianbing (savory crepe)." —Shani Brown, Facebook

Recipe here.

6. Malaysian Roti Canai (Flatbread)

"I love Malaysian roti canai! It's crispy on the outside yet so fluffy on the inside. I prefer to eat it on its own, but a complete roti canai is served with variants of curry (such as dhal, chicken, etc) as well as a dollop of sambal. There are also sweet variants of roti canai, such as roti tissue and roti milo, and these are served with condensed milk instead of the usual accessories." —Moe Nina, Facebook

Recipe here.

7. Sri Lankan Kiribath (Coconut Milk Rice)

—Naiomi Gunaratne, Facebook

This coconut milk-based rice is delicious on its own, lightly sprinkled with sugar, or with a curry. Recipe here.

8. Fried Bee Hon (Rice Vermicelli)

"I'm Singaporean and I love eating fried bee hoon with fried chicken drumsticks and French beans for breakfast!" —Qian Hui Lee, Facebook

Recipe here.

9. Filipino Corned Beef Silog (Fried Rice With Eggs)

"Silogs from the Philippines — made using garlic fried rice, sunny side up eggs, and a meat of your choosing. My favorite is corned beef, the combo makes for a delicious breakfast any time of day!" —TayMedina

Recipe here.

10. Hainan Breakfast Noodles

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"It's a street food, a breakfast, a staple. It’s sort of like Pho, but is traditionally served in Hainan, China. At breakfast, you put in the vermicelli in the simmering soup, and when it’s cooked to al dente, you pour a nice ladle of clear conch soup or a signature brown gravy. Then, you add all kinds of toppings: cilantro, pickled greens, roast peanuts, bamboo slices, roasted sesame, bean sprouts, garlic, chopped green onion, or marinated pork or beef." —itsamazingracias

Recipe here.

11. Chicken Congee (Rice Porridge)

"Whenever I’m back in Indonesia, I always look for chicken congee first thing in the morning. The congee is topped with soy sauce (both sweet and regular), chilli paste, spring onion, crackers, and chicken intestine satay (I know it sounds gross but it’s actually really good)." —astarlightinthegloom

Recipe here.

12. Pakistani Halwa Poori (Flatbread With Pudding)


The savory and sweet combine harmoniously in this pairing of deep-fried flatbread and sweet semolina pudding. Recipe here.

13. Bengali Pitha (Rice Cakes)


Made out of molasses and rice crumbs, this sweet snack can be made fried, steamed, or baked, and is often filled with fruits, nuts, and various sugary fillings. Recipe here.

14. Japanese Natto (Fermented Soybean) With Rice

"Natto, rice, and miso soup." —hilaryous1533

Stinky and gooey, this fermented soybean dish is beloved (and not so beloved!) by Japanese people every morning. Recipe here.

15. Indian Upma (Semolina Porridge)

"My mom absolutely loves Upma — a south Indian breakfast porridge made with semolina. It’s amazing!" —alexaf495736bbf

Recipe here.

16. Vietnamese Cao Lau Noodles / Via

"My favorite is Cao Lau, a Vietnamese noodle, pork, and herb dish served in one of my favorite cities, Hoi An, where they use water from a specific well in the city to make the broth. Topped with crispy pork, there is nothing more satisfying and delicious to get your day going than this dish." —Mcbucken

Recipe here.

17. Chinese Ji Dan Bing (Egg Crepe)

"It is a Taiwanese breakfast that is basically an egg and cheese omelette wrapped in a scallion pancake, served with delicious turnip cakes on the side. All of this comes with a sweet sauce and chili paste. It's delicious and I had it almost every morning I was in Taiwan." —brittanysilva89

Recipe here.

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