For the Love of Food

What Did You Have for Breakfast?

What gets you up in the morning?

I’m a breakfast person, meaning, my breakfast plays an important part in making my day. In my part of the world, we are considered spoiled. With the array of cheap, affordable meals, it is fairly common to eat out at the many “coffee shops” or “kopitiams” as we call it. Everyone has their own favorite place for a certain dish. Sometimes, you have to be there early, lest they run out. Many serve breakfast for their school-going kids at home, but after sending them to school, continue to have breakfast after. Simply because it was too early to fill-up before that.

I go to different places on different days. Most “kopitiams” close either on Mondays or Tuesdays. There’s a “kopitiam” for my Mondays, for my Tuesdays, for the weekdays, and a few choices for the after Sunday church services.

On most of my Tuesdays, I go to the “fish place”. A place where they serve noodles or rice with fish dish. My favorite order is the combination soup of deep fried head, deep fried fish skin together with fish balls and fish slices in a tomato based soup. Pretty overwhelming, but I usually ate 1/3 of the noodles.

Another variety of fish head noodles has tomatoes, ginger, deep fried shallots, spring onions, preserved vegetables (harm choy) and evaporated milk in them. It has a milky sourish taste to it. You either have the noodles in it or, as I preferred, served on the side. Yummy served hot!

Another must have breakfast dish in my part of the world is the Sarawak laksa. This dish is made up of rice vermicelli in thick fragrant gravy (made up of, among others, shrimp paste, lemon grass, dried chillies, shallots) and topped with juicy prawns, tender chicken slices, bean sprouts and julienned omelette. A generous dollop of fiery sambal belacan (a blend of shrimp paste with chillies), to be added with a squeeze of lime, is served on the side.


Apart from the main breakfast dish, sometimes we would order the appetizers. One of my favorites is the Chinese crullers or “yau char kwai”, cut and filled with a custard like jam (made with coconut milk and eggs) called “kaya” in it.

There are of course, a lot more breakfast dishes to mention. But for now, till I snap more photos, I say, till then! 😀

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