The world’s getting smaller and that has brought a whole range of international cuisines to our fingertips. But while our lunches and dinners may be taking on a more exotic flavour, we seem to be steadfastly sticking to old favourites for one meal – breakfast. Our kids still grow up on Corn Flakes and toast. But what happens if they venture outside the comfort zone? Take a look.
A couple of months ago we looked at a fascinating story in The New York Times Magazine that featured children across the world eating their favourite breakfast dishes. They included natto, a Japanese fermented soybean dish that “smells like canned cat food”, and a Turkish brekky of honey and clotted cream on toast, olives, fried eggs with spicy sausage, white radish and a red pepper paste.
Well, Cut – which brought us the adorable video of kids learning about the birds and the bees – has taken the concept a little further, using it as inspiration for a new project. Its new video shows American youngsters trying breakfasts from other countries, including salmon on bread from Finland, kim chi from Korea, coffee from Brazil and chocolate sprinkles on bread from the Netherlands. No prizes for guessing which one went down the best among the kids!
As you can see, some of the reactions are priceless. “Oh my gosh,” says one boy of his Japanese feast, “I just found a dead fish in it. That is gross.” (To his credit, he tries it anyway.) “This doesn’t look like breakfast to me,” says a girl of a century egg from Vietnam. “It kind of has a portable toilet smell and also a rotten egg smell,” adds another boy.
What’s on kids’ plates has been under the microscope in the US recently. Health education program Sweetgreen recently unveiled a project comparing American children’s school cafeteria lunches with those of other countries – and viral website Upworthy said the results “should embarrass the US”. Take a look at some of the examples below and you’ll see why.
How do you think these compare with Australian breakfasts and school lunches? Are your kids adventurous when it comes to food?