December 16, 2016

Expats’ Guide to Breakfast Culture in the Philippines

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  • In the Philippines, breakfast starts as early as 6:00 am.


    BREAKFAST IN PH. The first meal of the day is usually spent with families. Image grabbed from DMCI

    Breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day. It gives energy throughout the day, and you can’t just simply miss the first bite of food to start your morning. In the Philippines, breakfast culture is important. Here are some of the things you must know about how Filipinos start their day with food.

    Breakfast usually starts as early as 6:00 am in the Philippines. Most elders just wake up at this hour to do chores such as sweeping at the yard or preparing for work. This is usually how they do breakfast in the province. In the city, it can start at 8:00 am, or even as late as 10:00 am (brunch). It actually depends on the work schedule but it ranges from 6:00 to 10:00 in the morning.

    What do Filipinos love for breakfast?


    BREAKFAST FOOD. Composed of salted egg, meat, and tomatoes

    What you can usually see on the breakfast table of a Filipino are pandesal, coffee, fried rice (sinangag), dried fish, tomatoes, hotdogs, and eggs. These are just the typical ones, as some prefer toasted bread and jam, pancakes, or breakfast cereals and milk. It is normal in every breakfast scene that there’s a variety of choices for viand. But, the foods frequently served breakfast are those which are quick to prepare as mornings can be very busy too.

    Filipinos love to eat breakfast at home. However, some who need to be in the office early just grab and go food from fast food. In some houses the tradition of reading the newspaper to catch up on today’s headlines is still present, but some prefer to read it on their gadgets. In provinces, instead of watching the TV, they prefer listening to AM radio. After eating, the usual routine is to go to work or school and start the daily activities.

    What kind of breakfast culture do you have in your own family? Comment below!

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