12 Mealtimes From Around The World You Didn’t Even Know Existed
As cultures have mixed, cuisines have mixed. Many now have a favourite food the originates from around the globe, and it’s not particularly hard to get hold of either. But did you know about the specific mealtimes that go on around the world?! BuzzFeed do…
1. Abendbrot (Germany)
Germans tend to eat their main meal around 1pm, so Abendbrot – or “evening bread” – is a nice, light, family supper with lots of ham and cheese.
Add in fresh bread, light beers, and no cooking involved whatsoever – it’s enough to make you feel you’re doing dinner very wrong.
2. Feijoada (Brazil)
While originally a Portuguese recipe, Feijoada is the national dish of Brazil, and is a food coma–inducing mix of pork, beef, black beans, farofa, rice, pork rinds, and greens.
It’s only served on certain days of the week too. In São Paulo, it’s eaten on Wednesday and Saturday, while in Rio, it’s enjoyed for lunch on Friday and Saturday.
3. Tết (Vietnam)
Tết is the Vietnamese New Year and is known as the “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”, taking place on the first day of the lunar calendar, usually in late January/early February.
It’s a huge celebration that comes with its own special dish: Bánh chung, a square cake of tightly packed sticky rice and meat or beans.
4. Shabbat (Israel)
A “joyful day of rest”, Shabbat begins each Friday evening and is all about spending quality time with those around you.
This also means unplugging from everything for a candlelit dinner, including mobile phones!
5. Bento (Japan)
So it turns out lunch boxes don’t need to end at school. Bento takes bring your own lunchtimes to a whole new level.
Eaten pretty much anytime away from the home, Bento boxes traditionally contains meat or fish, rice, and pickled vegetables. But the real beauty is in the personalisation. It’s a love letter made out of food!
6. The 2am Kebab (England)
OK, so maybe you knew about this one. But it is a cultural institution!
7. La Comida (Spain)
La Comida – or lunch – is a serious meal. So much so, that the country closes down for a solid 2–3 hour siesta to give it the appropriate attention it deserves.
Running between 2pm–5pm, you can expect multiple courses of soup, fresh fish, meats, potatoes, vegetables, bread, wine and dessert. And coffee too, if you have room.
8. Grosse Pause, Zweites Frühstück, and Zwischenmahlzeit (Germany)
Turns out there’s a lot we can learn from the Germans when it comes to legitimising any and every opportunity to eat food.
Grosse Pause, Zweites Frühstück, and Zwischenmahlzeit, are all words for in-between meals. And they’re actually encouraged to prevent overeating at lunch or dinner!
9. La Merienda (Spain)
While lunch in Spain is exhausting, dinner isn’t held until as late as 11pm or midnight, so La Merienda is an early evening snack to tide you over.
Generally it features bread topped with anything from chocolate to salami!
10. Bring and Braai (South Africa)
Braai is Afrikaans for “barbecue”, and the “Bring and Braai” is a meal occasion that trumps all others in South Africa (and indeed many other African countries).
The beauty here is in the simplicity. Everyone brings along some meat, and the host grills it. Everyone brings along some beer, and everyone drinks it. Success!
11. Drugie Śniadanie (Poland)
Props to Poland for understanding breakfast cannot be contained to just one serving, for drugie śniadanie means “second breakfast”.
After a hearty first helping of eggs, cereals, and pancakes in the early morning, second breakfast tops it up with fruit, pastries, and sandwiches.
12. Midnight breakfast (America)
Pioneered amongst college students in their hour of need (before final exams),midnight breakfast is now a beloved college tradition and a great opportunity to take a break from studying and bond with peers.