In The New York Times Magazine available this Sunday, you’ll find a photo essay titled “Rise and Shine: What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast.” (It’s also online here.)

The photos—featuring 2-year-old Saki Suzuki from Tokyo, 4 year olds from Malawai, and other adorable children stuffing their face with breakfast food—are phenomenal.

“Children all over the world eat cornflakes and drink chocolate milk, of course, but in many places they also eat things that would strike the average American palate as strange, or worse,” writes the article’s author, Malia Mollan. This includes breakfast foods like natto (fermented soy beans), hazelnut-flavored halvah, and green peppers stir-fried with soy sauce and tiny dried fish.

Krishnendu Ray, a professor of food studies at New York University who grew up in India, tells Mollan,

“The idea that children should have bland, sweet food is a very industrial presumption. In many parts of the world, breakfast is tepid, sour, fermented and savory.”

All we know is, we wish we grew up eating what 4-year-old Koki Hayashi from Tokyo eats for breakfast: “green peppers stir-fried with tiny dried fish, soy sauce and sesame seeds; raw egg mixed with soy sauce and poured over hot rice; kinpira, a dish of lotus and burdock roots and carrots sautéed with sesame-seed oil, soy sauce and a sweet rice wine called mirin; miso soup; grapes; sliced Asian pear; and milk.”

Sounds like a $100 meal you’d eat at a high-end Japanese restaurant in NYC.


Here’s some more stuff we loved from today:

80% of America’s canned pumpkin comes from one Illinois town [Gizmodo]

Alton Brown got into food to woo the ladies (video) [Eater]

Use the waffle iron to make the best hash browns of your life [Serious Eats]

Joe Biden eats ice cream better than you do [CBS]