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Living in The Philippines => Expat life in Philippines => Topic started by: Hank on February 06, 2019, 09:25:16 AM

Title: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Hank on February 06, 2019, 09:25:16 AM
Am wondering what you usually have for breakfast when in the Philippines?

In Palawan, I usually seem to have coffee, toast with peanut butter, and fruit.

Am wondering what a normal breakfast for you in the Phils will quite often be?
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on February 06, 2019, 02:45:04 PM
Hi Hank. Welcome to the forum. Make yourself at home. You will find lots of info here. If you can't find it, feel free to ask. Someone may have an answer for you. Also feel free to introduce yourself if you haven't yet done so using this link: "http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?board=35.0"  Keep posting and before you know it, you're off moderation. Again welcome & God Bless.....Steve.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: lost_in_samoa on February 06, 2019, 03:09:39 PM
Am wondering what you usually have for breakfast when in the Philippines?

Welcome.

Garlic / hot pepper fried rice and a topping. Usually scrambled duck egg mixed with veggies, carne or fish.

That and a big smoothie blend of what ever is the in season vegetable/fruit.


If I have been a good boy I'll get a carne -n- cheese melt or some sort of breakfast burrito.


Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: FastWalk on February 06, 2019, 05:08:02 PM

Am wondering what a normal breakfast for you in the Phils will quite often be?

Rice,  and almost anything else (fish, chicken, pork) and at least one cup of unhealthy coffee followed by a morning jog with the family.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: bigrod on February 06, 2019, 05:14:48 PM
Coffee, fried egg and hashbrown most mornings.  Other mornings pancakes, french toast, omelettes, maple pork sausage, smoked american pork/beef sausage, smoked bacon, SOS, bagels, toast, eggs, burritos, or fresh fruit.  Mostly depends on the day.

Chuck
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: lost_in_samoa on February 06, 2019, 06:42:26 PM
hashbrown, pancakes, french toast, maple pork sausage, smoked american pork/beef sausage, smoked bacon, SOS

You are killing me. 

I asked my sweetie to make me some biscuits and gravy just the other day.  It was cold here and I had a hankering for some heavy food.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: David690 on February 06, 2019, 07:15:19 PM
Alternate days hot fried breakfast, eggs, bacon, sausages, fried bread and pomegranate juice, followed by fruit mostly mango.  Alternate days cold breakfast, ham, pastrami, salami, pepperoni, different cheeses, with pomegranate juice followed by fruit, mostly mango.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Hank on February 06, 2019, 07:29:02 PM
Thanks for the kind welcome Steve, and for your interesting thoughts, Lost in Samoa, FastWalk, BigRod and David690.

So, it would appear that two of you guys have developed a healthy affinity for Phils brekkies, with rice and a protein, and big rod and David690 you seem to both have more Fil-Am/Eu brekky tastes, perhaps still like me, if I may say.

All of these choices sound interesting, well-varied and for sure healthy. Of interest, and perhaps understandable (as it appears it's the same as with the Phils diet), it would seem that your traditional breakfast cereals with milk etc does not feature greatly in the diet of ex-pats very much. However, rice and a choice of protein certainly does.

For breakfast my wife loves steamed or fried rice with either tapsilog (fried smoked beef and eggs), tocilog (egg and tocino: marinated pork) longganisa (a pork sausage and egg) or with any kind of fish, dried, smoked or fresh. If  possible all of these dishes would include eggs, either fried, srambled or hard boiled and a green salad and/or pickled papaya.

Personally I find all of these choices nice and tasty, and I am slowly getting used to them, though they are still somewhat strong in flavour for my breakfast palate.

On the net, and in tagalog, they say brekky will be either: Tapsilog (tapa + sinangag + itlog) Longsilog (longganisa + sinangag + itlog) Tocilog (tocino + sinangag + itlog) Bangsilog (bangus + sinangag + itlog) Tsokolate-eh and Tsokolate-ah. Champorado. Pandesal and Kakanin.

Anyway, thanks again for your preferences and for your experience guys. For some of us, still, it's a whole new world out there :-)
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: JoeLP on February 06, 2019, 10:43:54 PM
Diabetic here, so no rice or potatoes or any of that high carbed stuff. 
Usually eggs in some fashion.  Hard-boiled, scrambled, fried, or eve in a cheese, ham, or ham and cheese omelette.  If I am not having the omelette usually some meat side.  Bacon, sausage, or ham usually.  Breakfast is the one meal I rarely go cheap on.  Sometimes I'll get some bran muffins or something if they around.  Not often in my neck of the woods.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: medic3500 on February 07, 2019, 03:24:47 PM
What's breakfast :P
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Hank on February 07, 2019, 04:52:17 PM
Diabetic here, so no rice or potatoes or any of that high carbed stuff ..  Sometimes I'll get some bran muffins or something if they around.  Not often in my neck of the woods.

Ah, yes .. it's bad luck regards the diabetes, JoeLP. Must say, those Bran muffins sound nice, though maybe they might also be quite sweet, with quite a bit of sugar, as I've found does most of the bread on sale in the Phils. Even the spaghetti with tomato sauce often served for celebrations and on special occasions usually seems quite sweet to me as well. I imagine as a diabetic this sometimes might tend to make things a little difficult for you food-wise Joe? But on the other hand, I guess the sour flavors that are also so popular in the Phils might tend to make up for this for you a bit?

And medic3500, you sound busy, or just not in the habit of having breakfast?

Must say, given my rathers, I'd be breakfasting the same as Chuck (bigrod) does :-)
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on February 07, 2019, 05:20:17 PM
Yes Filipino spaghetti sauce has tons of sugar. What I do is go to SM, buy cans of Del Monte canned sauce meat flavored. Not bad for P94. Much lower sugar. Yes, I'm a Type 2 diabetic.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: JoeLP on February 09, 2019, 08:19:57 AM
Ah, yes .. it's bad luck regards the diabetes, JoeLP. Must say, those Bran muffins sound nice, though maybe they might also be quite sweet, with quite a bit of sugar, as I've found does most of the bread on sale in the Phils. Even the spaghetti with tomato sauce often served for celebrations and on special occasions usually seems quite sweet to me as well. I imagine as a diabetic this sometimes might tend to make things a little difficult for you food-wise Joe? But on the other hand, I guess the sour flavors that are also so popular in the Phils might tend to make up for this for you a bit?

And medic3500, you sound busy, or just not in the habit of having breakfast?

Must say, given my rathers, I'd be breakfasting the same as Chuck (bigrod) does :-)
Don't need to worry about the spaghetti sauce as it's put on pasta which is also very high carbed, so I don't do it either way.  The ketchup is a mess here.  They have traditional style, they the filiipino sweet.  GRRR.  The wife use to shop for ketchup until she kept getting the sweet.  No matter how many times I told her I cannot use it. 
There is a baker in town who has diabetic children.  So he bakes without the excess sugar like most bakers do here.  He doesn't make bran very often as it's hard for him to get the necessary ingredients at a discount price(bulk price) but when he gets it, he usually calls Tina and she'll pick up a dozen or so. 
Blows me away how many locals are diabetic yet how horrible local sciences/education on diabetes is.  Even more messed up is how doctors are seen here as if they are gods not to be argued against.  Sorta like USA views up till around the 80's or 90's.  I never trusted a doctor until I got a good feel for them.  Seen too many f ups by them.  Even in my own medical history.  Yet here, they prescribe something, you use it.  Even if there is a very capable alternative that can be purchased for much, much less.  Saved a diabetic policeman from spending way over 3 times the costs for what he was recommended for something actually better for him.  Oh well, this is a breakfast add. 
On that thought, I also do chorizo...depending on who makes it.  That's a good breakfast dish.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Peter on February 09, 2019, 12:49:11 PM
Hank.

My breakfasts are normally quite sparse
Pint glass of room temperature water, 2 slices of toast and local (mainly Baguio) organic jam, pot of tea (no sugar or milk) 3 pieces of fresh fruit.

Or, swop the toast for bowl of porridge (made with Aussie Harvest Oats LOL!) topped with local honey. Drinks and fruit the same.

On Sundays, normally 2 eggs (fried/scrambled/omelette - varies), bacon and beans on toast, after the missus comes back from church.

Some times a couple of "dippy" eggs and toast, but there are not too many eggs in my diet.

Works for me.

Peter
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Hank on February 09, 2019, 07:51:57 PM
 
There is a baker in town who has diabetic children.  So he bakes without the excess sugar like most bakers do here.  He doesn't make bran very often as it's hard for him to get the necessary ingredients ... Blows me away how many locals are diabetic yet how horrible local sciences/education on diabetes is ... Saved a diabetic policeman from spending way over 3 times the costs for what he was recommended for something actually better for him.  Oh well, this is a breakfast add.  On that thought, I also do chorizo...depending on who makes it.  That's a good breakfast dish.

Good on you Joe .. taking care of your locals. And you're right about diabetes being out of control. For one example, an Enquirer article late last year claims, "In the Western Pacific, the Philippines ranks fifth - behind China, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand - in the number of diabetics ... there were already 3.9 million diabetic Filipinos when the population was 65 million. With the current population now over 100 million, local experts estimate that we have more than 5 million diagnosed diabetics. A similar number will likely remain undiagnosed, or have prediabetes. If nothing is done to stem the alarming trend, the prevalence of diabetes is expected to soar to 20 percent of the population by the year 2045."

However, and in terms of diabetes, it seems that you know what you are doing. And, you are taking good care of yourself, and others. Good for you fella!
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Hank on February 09, 2019, 08:30:07 PM

Hank,

My breakfasts are normally quite sparse .. Works for me.

Peter

Yes, and this breakfast you describe surely sound healthy. Must say, it's good you include a measure of water with your breakfast. We westerners tend not to drink sufficient water each day at the best of times, let alone have a set routine of a good pint of water to start each day. It's a great idea, especially in the tropics, if you don't mind my saying. Naturally, the Aussie Harvest Oats also seem a great idea :-)  My breakfast of toast, peanut butter, fruit and coffee is similar to yours,  but I find it can get a bit monotonous sometimes. That's why I'm interested in what in general Expats in the Phils tend to do for brekkie. Some of the ones we've heard about do sound mighty tasty. They sure gave me some ideas. Haha.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Colin on March 14, 2019, 05:12:08 PM
When I am in the Philippines, 2-3 months a year at the moment, I would have either cereals or oats plus toast and marmalade. We have found a source of non sweetened bread. I bought a new bread machine just before we had to leave the Philippines in 2015 but have not got around to using it on our trips back. (The mains frequency is wrong for UK bread machines). I also drink a large glass of water both morning and evening. I am not great rice eater, I tend to stick to curry and casserole type dishes with rice, beef caldereta and caldereta cambing being my favourites.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Hank on March 15, 2019, 12:57:18 PM
  .. I would have either cereals or oats plus toast and marmalade. We have found a source of non sweetened bread .. I also drink a large glass of water both morning and evening. I am not great rice eater, I tend to stick to curry and casserole type dishes with rice, beef caldereta and caldereta cambing being my favourites.

Ah, interesting .. thanks Colin. Sounds healthy. It's good you've arranged for low-sugar bread, and the water twice a day is sensible.

Also perhaps interesting,  Wikipedia notes .. "Caldereta or Kaldereta is a goat meat stew from the Philippines. Variations of the dish use beef, chicken or pork. Commonly the goat meat is stewed with vegetables and a liver paste. Vegetables may include tomatoes, potatoes, olives, bell peppers and hot peppers; kaldereta sometimes includes tomato sauce. Caldereta's name derives from the Spanish word caldera meaning cauldron. The dish is similar to meat stews from the Iberian peninsula and was brought to the Philippines by the Spanish during their 300-year occupation. Kaldereta is usually served at special occasions, parties, and festivities."

Good luck regarding your archived postings Colin.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Colin on March 15, 2019, 04:49:32 PM
My wife's sister is living in our house to look after it while we are away. When we are there she will cook Filipino breakfasts for my wife, and I will join in sometimes. My wife is an excellent cook and will cook UK/European style food most of the time.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Tim_L on March 24, 2019, 12:08:39 PM
I stick to traditional western breakfast foods. Eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy, fruits, cereals. It all depends upon my mood of the day as to which one(s) I eat. More often then not, eggs, toast and coffee.
For some reason, I just cannot bring myself to eat non-breakfast foods for breakfast. ie. Rice, fish, pansit etc. Breakfast foods however, are great any time of the day.  :)
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Hank on March 25, 2019, 10:05:49 AM
I stick to traditional western breakfast foods. Eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy, fruits, cereals. It all depends upon my mood of the day as to which one(s) I eat. More often then not, eggs, toast and coffee. For some reason, I just cannot bring myself to eat non-breakfast foods for breakfast. ie. Rice, fish, pansit etc. Breakfast foods however, are great any time of the day.  :)

Good on you Tim .. sounds a sensible plan. There's often a lot to be said for sticking with what one knows. And perhaps especially regarding something as important to a man as breakfast, though change can also be good.  But I'd also agree that cereals and the other breakfast foods are great at anytime of day. As a matter of fact, as it happens, just last night I awoke feeling hungry at 2am this morning, and so got up had a small bowl of three different cereal brands for a simple and healthy snack. Always works, and soon back to sleep again. No worries. Thoroughly agree.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Lookio on April 03, 2019, 04:08:11 AM
I like eggs, toast, tomato and tea or coffee. Very simple but it works for me and wakes me up. Can't stay without breakfast at all, always eat.
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Hank on April 04, 2019, 09:13:52 AM
I like eggs, toast, tomato and tea or coffee. Very simple but it works for me and wakes me up. Can't stay without breakfast at all, always eat.

Yes, breakfast is important isn't it Lookio? And your eggs, toast and tomato sounds good. We love tomatoes too, but we find that fresh ones are sometimes not so easy to get in the Phils. Canned tomatoes are quite ok for cooking, but not so good in sandwiches or salads. Eggs are always enjoyable, except for those Phils balut eggs, which as you probably know in the Phils are a fertilized egg, usually a duck egg, incubated for a period of two to three weeks and then boiled or steamed. Have tried them, but they're not for me I'm afraid especially for breakfast  :o :)
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: jjcabgou on April 04, 2019, 10:52:26 AM
Try to start off each day with fresh Buko Juice, then of course some freshly ground coffee!!   Breakfast depends on who is cooking, but it can be anything from Eggs and home fries, to: Paksiw, dried fish, soup with small clams, kinilaw etc... All but the Eggs and home fries are served with rice.    We usually have fruit in the house, so there will be a mango, or watermelon etc.. mixed in there
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: Hank on April 20, 2019, 06:09:54 PM

Try to start off each day with fresh Buko Juice, then of course some freshly ground coffee!!   Breakfast depends on who is cooking, but it can be anything from Eggs and home fries, to: Paksiw, dried fish, soup with small clams, kinilaw etc... All but the Eggs and home fries are served with rice.    We usually have fruit in the house, so there will be a mango, or watermelon etc.. mixed in there


Good on you jjcabgou. Sounds like you have a healthy and varied breakfast, with juice, coffee and fruit, and then the rest depending on who is cooking. Am wondering about the source of your coffee beans?  Are they locally grown? What variety of beans are they usually? Do you have any problems in obtaining a regular supply of beans? etc ..

For example, Wikipedia say, "Coffee production in the Philippines began as early as 1740 when the Spanish introduced coffee in the islands. It was once a major industry in the Philippines, and 200 years ago the Philippines was the world's fourth largest coffee producing nation.

However, 1889 saw a great decline following the arrival of coffee rust in the country, and an increased incidence of insect infestation. These elements virtually destroyed all coffee trees in Batangas. By 1891, coffee production in the country was reduced to 1/6 of its total production of two years earlier. During this period, Brazil regained its position as a major coffee producer.

Then, during the 1950s, the Philippine government, with assistance from Americans, introduced a variety of coffee to the country which is more resistant. Instant coffee began to be produced in commercial quantities which resulted to the increase of demand for coffee. Many farmers began shifting back to growing coffee in the 1960s."

Now, the Philippine local demand for coffee is high, with 100,000 metric tons of coffee consumed in the country every year. The Philippines is one of the few countries that produce the four main viable coffee varieties; Arabica, Liberica (Barako), Excelsa and Robusta. Currently 90 percent of coffee produced in the country is Robusta."

Thus, coffee seems to have had an interesting history in the Philippines. And, in other parts of the world coffee production is declining, due to falling annual rainfall, which doesn't seem to be a problem for the Philippines? If this is so,  seems that coffee could quite readily become a major world industry in the Phills once again. Interesting  :)
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: jjcabgou on April 22, 2019, 04:51:40 PM

Good on you jjcabgou. Sounds like you have a healthy and varied breakfast, with juice, coffee and fruit, and then the rest depending on who is cooking. Am wondering about the source of your coffee beans?  Are they locally grown? What variety of beans are they usually? Do you have any problems in obtaining a regular supply of beans? etc ..

For example, Wikipedia say, "Coffee production in the Philippines began as early as 1740 when the Spanish introduced coffee in the islands. It was once a major industry in the Philippines, and 200 years ago the Philippines was the world's fourth largest coffee producing nation.

However, 1889 saw a great decline following the arrival of coffee rust in the country, and an increased incidence of insect infestation. These elements virtually destroyed all coffee trees in Batangas. By 1891, coffee production in the country was reduced to 1/6 of its total production of two years earlier. During this period, Brazil regained its position as a major coffee producer.

Then, during the 1950s, the Philippine government, with assistance from Americans, introduced a variety of coffee to the country which is more resistant. Instant coffee began to be produced in commercial quantities which resulted to the increase of demand for coffee. Many farmers began shifting back to growing coffee in the 1960s."

Now, the Philippine local demand for coffee is high, with 100,000 metric tons of coffee consumed in the country every year. The Philippines is one of the few countries that produce the four main viable coffee varieties; Arabica, Liberica (Barako), Excelsa and Robusta. Currently 90 percent of coffee produced in the country is Robusta."

Thus, coffee seems to have had an interesting history in the Philippines. And, in other parts of the world coffee production is declining, due to falling annual rainfall, which doesn't seem to be a problem for the Philippines? If this is so,  seems that coffee could quite readily become a major world industry in the Phills once again. Interesting  :)
Yeah, I try to eat healthy I guess, lots of fruits, gulay and fish.  I get fresh whole coffee beans at the market about 5 minutes from my house.  All that you named are readily available.  I am not a fan of Barako, so I never purchase that one, but the rest I enjoy.  I use fresh carabao milk in my coffee.  Half and Half is impossible to get here, and I have found that carabao milk is fricken awesome in coffee :) 
Title: Re: Your usual breakfast?
Post by: bigrod on April 22, 2019, 05:12:37 PM
Yeah, I try to eat healthy I guess, lots of fruits, gulay and fish.  I get fresh whole coffee beans at the market about 5 minutes from my house.  All that you named are readily available.  I am not a fan of Barako, so I never purchase that one, but the rest I enjoy.  I use fresh carabao milk in my coffee.  Half and Half is impossible to get here, and I have found that carabao milk is fricken awesome in coffee :)

Where you live you have coffee from Amadeo on one side and Batangas down the otherside of the ridge.  I like the Barako but also buy the Excelsia from Amadeo. I buy the coffee ready to use versus the beans in Amadeo.  No need for milk in mine.

Chuck