13 Best Asian Breakfast Recipes

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Few things are more soothing in the morning than a good cup of coffee. The smell of your favorite brew followed by pancakes or bacon is enough to make anyone resurrect from the bed and ready to take on the day.

But sometimes, even when running behind schedule, you may crave some more filling and nutritious. 

And there is no better way to achieve this than having a bowl of Asian food with diverse flavors and ingredients, whether it is Miso Soup, Idli, or Börek.

This is why we’ve compiled a list of the best Asian breakfast recipes to recharge your internal batteries with the proper doses of nutrients to combat your morning. 

So without wasting much of your time, let’s get started!

Best Asian Breakfast Recipes

1. Chole Bhature

Chole Bhature is a delicious breakfast dish famous in all parts of India.

The dish is made with sautéed vegetables and paneer mixed with chana dal, moong dal, and urad dal, along with spices like turmeric powder, garam masala and coriander powder.

It is then combined with eggs in a large bowl before being served as an omelet, dal, chutney, or eaten on its own.

2. Nihari

Nihari is a spicy, meat-based dish. It’s made with lamb, goat, or beef with other ingredients such as Cumin, Clove, Garam Masala, and Cardamom; and served with barley, rice, naan or roti, a flatbread eaten at breakfast.

In Pakistan, nihari is usually served at breakfast but eaten at any time. Nihari takes a minimum of six hours to cook thoroughly.

3. Oyster Omelet

People who often eat this meal are FUJIAN, CHINA. The dish consists of potato starch, eggs batter, chopped ham or bacon, chopped mushrooms, and fresh oysters.

Each ingredient is in the center of the omelet before cooking. 

Moreover, there are different ways to prepare this dish. But it is served as an entrée with toast, a first course, or a main course with potatoes and vegetables. 

Although, I’ve seen many people use shredded cheese as an omelet filling instead of natural oysters or bacon bits.

You can also make an omelet without filling—just a few strips of cooked bacon tossed into the pan with some shredded cheese for flavor.

4. Pineapple Bun

A pineapple bun is a sweet, savory pastry with a flaky crust served in breakfast spots, as an afternoon snack, or both!

This meal is a hero in most Philippines and HONG KONG’s homes. It is similar to an omelet but with different ingredients.

As the name suggests, it uses pineapple to enhance its flavor and sweetness. For variation, you can add other ingredients such as eggs, sugar, shrimp, bacon or ham.

The steps for making this delicious dish are straightforward. You will need some ingredients like bread slices, eggs, cheese, butter and milk.

First, you should prepare your pan by adding oil, then pour in the egg mixture, which has been beaten well together with cheese and seasoning according to taste. Place another slice of bread on top so they become flat from the sides.

This way, they can absorb all these ingredients easily without breaking apart. 

Then Cook for about 2-3 minutes until both sides become golden brown.

5. Chana Masala

Chana masala is a delicious curry made from chickpeas, spices, and spices.

It’s a famous GUJARAT, INDIA dish often served with rice or Indian flatbread like naan or roti bread, then garnished with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt.

Many people serve it as a main dish or add it to other dishes as a side.

Chana masala is such a widespread dish that it has many different regional versions, including the Pakistani version called aloo chole, made with chickpeas and potatoes.

However, the primary ingredient remains similar: Onion, Garam masala leaves, Ginger (grated), Garlic (grated), Tomato, salt, powdered Turmeric, Coriander powdered, Coriander leaves, Turmeric, Cumin powder, sunflower oil, and Red Chili Flakes

And lastly, chickpeas: chole or Kala chana, whether dried or canned chickpeas.

6. Jianbing

Jianbing is a Chinese pancake made of mung bean flour. It’s traditionally a breakfast food, but you can also make it for dinner or a snack.

You can get Jianbing in any Chinese restaurant and specialty shop, but it’s also easy to make at home—and it’s so delicious!

It’s like an omelet, but you use shredded chicken and vegetables instead of eggs.

This dish is topped with eggs and then flavored with various sauces such as tianmianjiang (savory bean paste), hoisin, and chili sauce.

Other ingredients include spring onions, mustard pickles, radishes, scallions, cilantro, and protein such as Chinese sausage or chicken. 

7. Paratha

Paratha is a delicious Indian flatbread traditionally made with wheat flour dough rolled out and then cooked on a grill or pan.

It’s usually stuffed with cheese, chicken, mutton, or veggies like onions and tomatoes.

You can serve it for breakfast or lunch accompanied by homemade chutneys, yogurt, pickles, or meat and vegetable curries. 

8. Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Nasi Goreng) is a breakfast dish consisting of rice cooked in coconut milk with various slices of meat, vegetables and spices. The dish is popular throughout Indonesia and Malaysia.

The original recipe for nasi goreng uses only egg, but these days it’s become such a popular Indonesian signature dish that it is pretty easy to find in restaurants.

There are many different variations to nasi goreng, including the use of fried tofu instead of meat. Many people also prefer adding their blend of spices and herbs to their nasi gorengs to create their unique taste sensation!

But the main ingredients are Rice, Shrimp Paste, Shallots, Garlic, Kecap Manis, Hot Peppers, and Eggs.

9. Idli

Idli is a South Indian breakfast dish enjoyed by people worldwide. It’s made from fermented rice and lentils cooked in a thick batter.

The batter is then spread out on a plate, flattened into small discs, and then cooked in an oiled pan until they puff up and turn golden brown—just like an omelet!

The best part about idli is that you can customize them to your tastes by adding ingredients like mashed peas, mustard seeds, or garlic chutney.

They’re also delicious when served with coconut chutney, Tamarind Chutney, Mint Chutney, Cranberry Chutney, Tomato Chutney, or Ishtu.

10. Tamagoyaki

Tamagoyaki is a Japanese omelet dish made from sweetened rice and egg. It’s typically cooked on a grill and then topped with a sweet sauce.

The sauce can be any combination of sugar and mirin—a Japanese sweet cooking wine with an alcohol content of around 5 percent.

You can relish this dessert in the morning or at other times of the day as a sushi topping.  

11. Youtiao

Youtiao is Chinese fast food you can get in most Chinese restaurants and supermarkets.

It is a thin, crispy, and translucent fried dough similar to a Western donut. It is made from wheat flour, water, vegetable oil, salt, or sugar. Then shaped into long rolls, usually served hot with tea or coffee.

You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner with various toppings such as sesame seeds, raisins, dried fruit, chocolate chips or even bacon pieces!

12. Börek

Börek is an egg and cheese dish originating in Turkey. It’s often served for breakfast but can also be enjoyed as a late-night snack or as part of a light lunch.

It is a combination of eggs, cheese, and flour—but there are a few variations on this theme.

In some parts of the world, you’ll find börek made with vegetables like spinach or tomato instead of eggs. You can add other ingredients like chopped chives, dill, and bacon to your börek if you want to make it more substantial.

Börek is generally baked in a frying pan or oven until golden brown on one side (the side with the filling), then flipped over so that the other side browns before being served hot.

Some people serve their börek with Cacık, butter and honey for dipping; others prefer to eat it plain!

13. Miso Soup

If you’re looking for a quick way to start your day off right, try eating miso soup for breakfast!

Miso is a Japanese fermented soybean paste with sea salt and other ingredients, like wheat and barley, that give it that nutty flavor.

You can use it in soups, stews, and other dishes where you want a savory aroma to come through.

It’s easy to make: just add some hot water to some dried daikon (kiriboshi) root (or any other type of root vegetable like carrots), then add some miso paste and enjoy!

Asian Breakfast Recipes

Recipe by Cynthia Roberts

Here's the best Asian breakfast recipes to recharge your internal batteries with the proper doses of nutrients to combat your morning. 

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Directions

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Conclusion

Here are thirteen of our favorite recipes for delicious Asian-inspired breakfasts.

They’re each easy to make, contain many common ingredients in a typical home kitchen, and feature bold flavors that stand out so well against the morning air.

We’ll admit that not everyone is a fan of Asian food.

But there is no harm in giving them a try yourself to discover why we love Asian from the day’s start. They’re sure to leave your stomach full and your taste buds satisfied.