Kitchen Tips

Rise and shine with five of our favourite Asian Breakfasts

Step away from the cereal. Skip the Vegemite on toast. Instead, treat yourself to a sumptuous breakfast with an Asian accent. If you’ve got plenty of time on your hand, try Malaysian kaya toast or spicy Thai crepes, or keep things speedy with Chinese omelettes and a savoury Korean twist on pancakes.

Malaysian kaya toast

The best breakfasts can’t be rushed, like this wicked Malaysian kaya, a coconut jam that’s Malaysia’s answer to honey. It’s going to take a good hour or so to reach the desired thickness, but your efforts will be rewarded with a luscious, pandan-scented spread that elevates your toast to the next level.

Malaysian Kaya Recipe

Japanese noodles with ham and eggs

Bacon and eggs is so 2016. Get set for the new year with this delectable hiyashi chuka, a cold Japanese noodle dish garnished with omelette and sliced ham. It’s a great way to use any leftover Christmas ham you might still have in the fridge!


Quick and easy Korean potato pancakes

While there’s always a time and a place for maple-drizzled pancakes, sometimes we want a savoury hit first thing in the morning. Enter the Korean potato pancake. Follow this basic recipe for Korean potato pancakes (we like to add shredded carrot and zucchini for colour and flavour), then serve with a dipping sauce of soy, sesame oil, rice vinegar and toasted sesame seeds. Add a dab of gochujang chilli paste to get your morning off to a flying start!

Quick and Easy korean potato pancake

Chinese-style omelette

This Chinese-style omelette is so quick to prepare you might find yourself adding it to your midweek morning repertoire! Throw in extra vegetables, such as diced capsicum or corn kernels for added flavour and fibre.

Chinese style Fried Omelette Recipe

Spicy Thai crepes

You’ll need to soak the rice overnight before you get started on this recipe for pad Thai rice crepes, but once you start cooking, they’re ready in no time at all. Make a batch of coconut-turmeric crepes, then fill them with stir-fried prawns and serve with a spicy dressing. This is hunger-busting brunch will see you through until dinner.

Pad Thai Rice Crepe Recipe

For more summer cooking inspiration, try our easy recipes for using leftovers.

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