The moment my eyes open in the morning, I am ready to eat. If I wake up early, I can’t go back to sleep because my stomach starts to growl and gently pulls me to the fridge. But usually I don’t mind since I have a little love affair with breakfast.
Waffles with peanut butter and honey, crepes with bananas and blueberries, migas breakfast tacos, french toast with guava jam, bacon, egg and cheese biscuits, homemade granola with pomegranate yogurt, the list goes ever on and on…
My love for all things breakfast was sadly smashed to smitherens in Thailand where often Thais just eat the same thing they had for dinner for breakfast.
They do have a sort of rice porridge called jok, but it reminds me too much of oatmeal or grits = ewww. Breakfast was the only meal I would make for myself in Thailand. Usually it was “whole-wheat bread” that really looked like white bread with a slight tan with over-priced jam or peanut butter, or soupy yogurt with over-priced museli.
Of course eating amazing, cheap Thai food the rest of the day made up for the non-existent breakfast choices. So I was content. And when I did eat breakfast on the street in Thailand, I would usually get khay jiao, a Thai-Style Omelette. It was my favorite Thai “breakfast”.
Khay jiao isn’t much like an American omelette, it’s much better. Instead of folding it over, the perfectly browned, fluffy omelette is served open-faced like a frittata over a round hill of rice. It comes with chili sauce in a little bowl or in a bottle on the table.
But of course khay jiao isn’t considered a breakfast item in Thailand and can be eaten at any time of the day. Now in Austin, Dom and I eat it for dinner at least once a week. In Thailand usually it just has some pork in it, but we like to put garlic, onions, sausage, spinach, mushrooms, broccoli…whatever combination we feel like trying that day. But what always goes in it are eggs, fish sauce and white pepper powder.
Oh, and there is no cheese involved. Thais don’t use dairy in their cooking, and Dom is lactose-intolerant, like many Asians, so we don’t add cheese. But if you want to make it American-style, throw some cheese on top. Thais will think you are weird, but it’s ok. Try this out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and tell me what you think!