Children’s breakfast in various parts of the world

In some parts of the world, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but most Mexicans, especially those who don’t have children, are satisfied with a cup of coffee and a piece of sweet bread.

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Childrens Breakfasts World

When children are involved, breakfast tends to be a little more elaborate: natural juice, cereal, milk, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, cake, cookies, pancakes… In short, it all depends on taste and mainly on the pocket. Faced with this diversity of options, it is almost automatic to think, “What do children eat for breakfast in other parts of the world?”

New York Times Magazine decided to take a look at the different foods that children in various cultures eat every morning. Each country has its own set of typical foods that may seem strange to others, but it’s interesting to see how children get used to these foods. Some parents admit that their children didn’t enjoy certain foods very much when they were young, but as they got older they came to list them as their favorites.

Saki Suzuki is three years old and lives in Tokyo, Japan.

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Suzuki eats a soybean fermented dish called nattu for breakfast, cooked white rice, miso soup, butternut squash cooked in soy sauce and sweet sake, preserved cucumbers, egg omelet (dashimaki), and smoked salmon.

Doga Gunce Gursoy is eight years old and lives in Istanbul, Turkey.

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This breakfast is a very varied thing. We have honey and a cream called kaymak on toast. There are also black and green olives, fried eggs with chorizo known as sucuk, butter, boiled eggs, thick grape syrup (pekmez) with tahini, a variety of cheeses made from sheep’s, goat’s and cow’s milk, quince and cranberry jelly, cake and bread, tomato, cucumber, white radish and other fresh vegetables, a paste made from grilled peppers, Hazelnut flavor, milk and orange juice.

Nathanaël Witschi Picard is six years old and lives in Paris, France.

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A simple and effective breakfast. Kiwi, baguette with butter and blackberry jam, orange juice and cereal with milk.

Phillip Kamtengo and Shelleen Kamtengo (twins) are four years old and live in Chitedze, Malawi.

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These twins eat breakfast with a bowl of gacha (cereal grains cooked in water), cornmeal buns known as chikondamoyo, boiled potatoes, fruit and black tea with a tablespoon or two of sugar.

Koki Hayashi is four years old and lives in Tokyo, Japan.

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Fried green peppers with dried fish, soy sauce and sesame seeds; raw egg mixed with soy sauce and poured over a bowl of hot rice; a dish of lotus root, gobo and carrot seasoned with sesame oil (kinpira), soy sauce and a rice liqueur called mirin; Miso soup, grapes, Asian pear slices and milk.

Viv Bourdrez is five years old and lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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A glass of milk with bread, unsalted butter and most important of all: chocolate shavings and sweets.

Birta Gudrun Brynjarsdottir is four years old and lives in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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A peculiar porridge known as hafragrautur served with brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, milk sleep (orsurmjolk) and Lysi, the oil extracted from cod liver (you can make your home disgust by remembering what Scott’s emulsion tasted like).

Hakim Jorge (two years old) and Aricia Domingas Ferreira Gomes (four years old) live in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Plain and simple: latte, ham, cheese, bread and butter.

Emily Kathumba is seven years old and lives in Chitedze, Malawi.

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Emily’s food is similar to that of her compatriot. Corn porridge known as Phala, with soy and peanut flour. Pie made from cornmeal, onion, garlic and peppers, along with a sweet potato and cooked pumpkin. All of that is accompanied by a red juice made from dried hibiscus flowers and sugar.

Oyku Ozarslan is nine years old and lives in Istanbul, Turkey.

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It seems that in Turkey the norm is to eat in quantity. Whole wheat bread, black and green olives, Nutella, tomato slices, boiled egg, strawberry jam, honey butter and a variety of native cheeses made with goat’s and cow’s milk.

Tiago Bueno is three years old and lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Coffee with milk, corn cereal, banana cake and a few midnights with cottage cheese. For some reason, Tiago seems to be the only kid in the series who enjoys his breakfast.

You can learn more about this photo series by Hannah Whitaker on the NY Times website.