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ENGLAND

A FULL ENGLISH

A Full English must have beans, sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, hash browns and toast. And like many things in England, it should all be knocked back with a cup of tea. There are also more optional elements (ahem, black pudding) - not every English person is hot on pig's blood first thing in the morning.

ISRAEL

GALILEAN BREAKFAST

Originating from communal kibbutz eating, Israeli breakfasts are a glorious mix 'n' match of eggs, bread, salad, pickled fish and cheese. Typical dishes include shakshouka (eggs poached in tomato and vegetable sauce), hummus, labaneh (strained yoghurt) and rugelach pastries (meaning "little horns").

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NETHERLANDS

APPLE PANCAKES

A lip-smacking combination of tart, sweet and salty flavours, no wonder apple pancakes are such a popular way to kick-start the day for the Dutch. Usually whipped up as a hangover cure, they're served with a slick of dark syrup called stroop, and you can add bacon for extra awesomeness.

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SPAIN

PAN CON TOMATE

So simple to make, so satisfying to eat: has Spain come up with the perfect appetiser that doubles as breakfast-on-the-go? Making pan con tomate is easy - cut a thick slice of your favourite bakery bread, rub on ripe tomato and fresh garlic and sprinkle with olive oil and salt. Add cheese, ham or sausage if you have a few seconds more.

ICELAND

HAFRAGRAUTUR

Hot oatmeal with a dusting of brown sugar: that's what you need to stave off a pitch-black and frigid winter morning in Iceland. Called hafragrautur and wolfed down with super-strong coffee, chase this with a spoonful of lýsi (cod liver oil) to be truly Icelandic (don't worry, it's optional).

PORTUGAL

CROISSANTS

There are two types of breakfast croissant in Portugal. One's a sweet almond pastry, but we're recommending the heartier kind - it's savoury with a similar consistency to bread, so it won't fall apart when you stuff it with loads of cheese, ham and tomato. Wash down with coffee with plenty of milk.

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AUSTRALIA

VEGEMITE ON TOAST

You can have anything you like for breakfast in Australia - as long as it's Vegemite on toast. Grill your favourite bread then slather on butter while it's hot, so it melts in to the crevices. Then dollop on the yeasty brown goodness according to taste - the more Aussie you are, the more you'll add.

BRAZIL

BREAD AND CHEESE

Brazilian breakfasts are a mishmash of good things on one plate: start with a small baguette then add a pat of butter, cheese like queijo fresco (a Portuguese-origin white cheese) or mozzarella, plus cold ham or turkey. Fresh papaya and the cornmeal-like fuba cake are also popular, and coffee is a must.

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ITALY

CAPPUCCINO E CORNETTO

There's no lingering over breakfast for Italians - you get your cappuccino e cornetto, finish it perched at a café counter or standing in your kitchen, then get on with your day. Cappuccino is, of course, an espresso with hot milk and steamed-milk foam, while a cornetto is a sweet croissant (sometimes glazed).

DENMARK

A VARIETY OF BREADS

Bread is the superstar of Danish breakfasts: you'll get the choice between rye bread and a variety of breakfast rolls and pastries like rundstykker and wienerbrød (as Danish pastry is known there). White cheese and jam is a popular topping for savoury breads, as well as pickled herring or cured meat.

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FRANCE

COFFEE AND A CHOCOLATINE

Something sweet with coffee is the go-to combo for a French breakfast. So you'll have a steaming cup of café au lait to wake you up, and munch on a chocolatine (a pain au chocolat) or tartine - a baguette with chocolate spread, jam or butter. Or you can mix the two and go for a big bowl of hot chocolate.

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THAILAND

RICE WITH MEAT OR FISH

Fish, flavoured with mint, sweet and spicy pork and a side of boiled rice. Sounds more like lunch or dinner right? In Thailand, breakfast food isn't really that different, and since Thai cuisine is so amazing, we're endorsing the breakfast/lunch/dinner mix up.

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ARGENTINA

FACTURAS

Dairy, sugar and pastry is the way to kick your morning meal off in Argentina. Facturas are the South American answer to croissants: buttery, flaky pastry is topped with dulce de leche, which is sweetened milk, boiled and reduced to a thick, sticky sauce… a bit like cream with extra sugar.

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RUSSIA

OLADI

Russians have adopted a unique take on pancakes; oladis are made with kefir (similar to buttermilk) giving them a distinct sour taste. The best part of these doughy treats is that they're so versatile. Jam, honey or fruit work well, or you can push the boat out and try sour cream or caviar on top. Fancy.

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VIETNAM

CHÁO

The Vietnamese aren't fussy about separating breakfast cuisine from lunch or dinner. Cháo is a meaty treat hidden in rice porridge, and is enjoyed later on as well as first thing. The usual suspects include pork, duck, eel or fish, depending on your mood (a fresh piece of eel in the morning may sound unusual, but don't knock it until you've tried it).

PERU

CEVICHE

Raw fish cured in citrus juices, with chillies and a side of something subtly sweet - plantain or yams normally do the trick. This scrumptious dish is normally enjoyed at brunch rather than early morning - well worth the wait. Only the freshest fish can be used to avoid any impurities.

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BOLIVIA

SALTEÑA

Stewed meat and vegetables in a thick pastry is the go-to for a mid-morning snack in Bolivia. The trick to the perfect salteña is the irresistibly juicy filling, but this makes eating one neatly almost impossible. Try starting cautiously at one corner and tilt it upright to stop the hot sauce escaping.

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JAPAN

TOFU

Tofu for breakfast may sound a little, well, unconventional, but it's a popular choice in Japan. Topped with pickled ginger and a splash of soy sauce, this tasty treat shows the Japanese know how to add a little zing to every morning. Fish and rice cakes are also a popular companion for a healthy and filling breakfast.

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HUNGARY

POGÁCSA

Pronounced po-gah-cha, these flavoured scones are not just a morning treat, they're enjoyed as a snack throughout the day. Pogácsas also have a starring role in a popular Hungarian fairy tale, and often pop up on the buffet table at special occasions. Find them stuffed with any number of delicious fillings, from cheese to goose crackling.

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COLOMBIA

CHANGUA

From a country famed for its sweltering heat, this mild milky soup is the perfect cooler to start off a fiery day. A simple recipe made from milk and egg, it's most popular in the capital. Changua is great as a cosy comfort food for those particularly challenging mornings.

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GHANA

WAAKYE

Ghanaian culture is a mash-up of modern and traditional, much like its take on breakfast. A nutritious and hearty dish, Ghanaians love to make this beans-and-rice mixture for their first meal or at lunchtime. Waakye (it's pronounced waa-chay) is either eaten alone or with plantain and boiled eggs.

COSTA RICA

GALLO PINTO

Gallo pinto - or 'spotted rooster' to English speakers - is a medley of black beans, rice, salsa and (optional) avocado. Many Costa Ricans are enjoy this spotty mixture alone, but we're endorsing the full nine yards - gallo pinto alongside a corn tortilla and fried plantain makes for a satisfying rooster experience.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

MANGÚ

Mangú is boiled plantains creamed with butter. Ok, not the healthiest way to kick off a sunny day in the Dominican Republic, but who cares when there are miles of white sand to walk along? Wash it all down with a glug of hot chocolate and you'll be breakfasting like a true Dominican.

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TURKEY

FRESH FRUIT, VEGETABLES, OLIVES AND EGGS

Simple and fresh are the signature characteristics of any Turkish breakfast. Tomatoes, olives, cucumbers and eggs all come as standard, with the occasional appearance of sujuk and kaymak (the Turkish takes on sausage and clotted cream). Of course, none of this counts without a cup of Turkish apple tea.

INDIA

DOSA

It's no secret Indian cuisine is all about full flavours and lots of spice. Instead of caffeine, Indians like to wake up with a little heat in their food - why settle for coffee when you can get your taste buds tingling? The dosa is a popular breakfast dish made of rice batter and served with spicy pickle and yoghurt.

CANADA

PANCAKES WITH MAPLE SYRUP

The staple ingredient of most delicious Canadian meals is maple syrup, especially as a sticky treat with breakfast. Pancakes of the Great White North are usually lighter and more fluffy than their southern counterparts, perfect for soaking up more of that gorgeous sweetness.

HONG KONG

DIM SUM

Bite-sized and individually wrapped portions of everything from clay pot rice to barbeque pork, a dim sum breakfast in Hong Kong is as diverse as the people who live there. Traditionally, dim sum is always enjoyed with tea, or 'yum cha', and is served in steam baskets made of bamboo.

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GERMANY

BRÖTCHEN

When it comes to no-nonsense, hearty bread, Germans are experts. An egg-white glaze gives these baked German treats a super thick crust and doughy, soft centre. Brotchen literally means 'bread roll' and is usually enjoyed with jam or butter.

SOUTH KOREA

JJIGAE

Healthy and hearty is the way to go in Korea. Like most Korean dishes, a pot of kimchee takes the starring role at breakfast time. Kimchee is spiced, pickled cabbage, and is often enjoyed with soup. Rustic vegetables or meats are served up in a boiling miso broth with an egg topping for the finishing touch.

HAWAII

PANCAKES

Hawaii is one of the USA's most easy-going places - and when you're in paradise, food is about fun. Fresh fruit, whipped cream, pancakes and syrup is the best way to start a day here, and don't be afraid to ask for seconds. For a treat, order poi pancakes made with taro root - they're purple!

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