The Chinese generally prefer warm breakfasts, and since a large percentage of Chinese are lactose intolerant, classic Western breakfasts like cornflakes with cold milk or muesli and yoghurt will not hit the spot with your Chinese guests.
So what do the Chinese eat? Working together with Visit Copenhagen,We have selected six easy-to-make recipes for classic Chinese breakfast items accompanied by tutorial videos. You can now watch them here.
Photo all by Mitchell Masilun.
#1: Egg Fried Rice
In some areas of China, we eat egg-fried rice for breakfast. This is often made from the leftover rice eaten the day before for dinner.
The courgette pancake is a savoury pancake and an old Beijing dish often eaten with porridge or as a snack. It is sometimes served with a dipping sauce that consists of equal parts of soy sauce and rice vinegar.
Rice porridge, also called “congee,” is eaten often for breakfast in China. The closest comparison is with the oatmeal porridge found in Europe. The most traditional type of congee is made from white rice and typically served with Chinese pickles, salted eggs, century eggs or fermented tofu. These ingredients are all easy to find in Chinese or Asian grocery stores.
The scallion pancake is a savoury pancake made from wheat flour, scallion, oil and salt. The way in which you roll the pancake before frying is very important, as there should be layers to the pancake. Chinese people typically eat scallion pancakes with something soupy, like congee or accompanied with soymilk.
#5: Soy Milk
Traditionally, dairy is not a part of the Chinese diet, and a lot of Chinese people cannot digest the lactose in the milk. In China, we typically drink soymilk instead. Soymilk is made from dried soybeans that have been soaked and ground up with water. Served hot, soymilk can be had both sweetened and unsweetened.
#6: Tea Eggs
Tea eggs are often eaten at breakfast either in congee or on their own with some soymilk on the side. The process of making tea eggs (boil, crack, and boil again in tea and soy sauce) leaves a stunning marbled pattern on the whites of the eggs.