I think it’s my favourite meal. No, I know it’s my favourite meal. I document it fairly regularly. It’s a ritual for me. There’s a reason why I hauled a waffle iron back to Cambodia. And went to look for a transformer just so I could use it. I might also search high and low for the best eggs menemen in Istanbul. It took me about 20-ish years to accept the fact that my parents ate rice for breakfast. But when I finally moved continents and understood why, an entirely new world of options opened up to me. And when I got to invade Cait’s life in LA, we made sure a morning at Sqirl (and Dinette!) was a priority. The meal is a goddamn institution for me. I’m also more than a little bit annoyed that I didn’t discover sausage gravy and biscuits until I was 30.
I get that a long sit-down meal at the crack of dawn isn’t quite what people have time for. Heck, I have pre-made breakfast smoothies and cold slices of quiche for five out of seven days of the week. But for the two days I actually get to enjoy the meal, I go a little bit nuts. Particularly when I get to make it myself.
So I assembled the greatest hits for you.
- The best breakfast sausage. It makes a kickass homemade Egg McMuffin.
- Molly’s bright green sour puffy pancake! Sounds weird. Tastes amazing.
- I’m not from the South. I’ve never been to the south. But sausage gravy and these flakey biscuits are something I constantly want.
- Oatmeal can also be savoury and not be congee!!
- For when I’m feeling healthy.
- Or when I’m feeling Russian.
- And when I need to feel really stuffed.
- If in Istanbul – this place is a must (see above).
- My family eats dim sum for lunch but I’m more than happy to have it more traditionally as breakfast.
- When in Malaysia, roti canai all the way.
- Rice and Pork in Cambodia
- Dinette on Tuesday, Sqirl on Wednesday. Gjelina on Thursday. Republique on Friday. That is how you do in LA.
- Then fly over to San Francisco for Tartine.
- And when in Bangkok.
All photos by Tiffany Tsang. Please request permission for use.