During my travels, I've encountered many instances where history and at times globalization have mixed eastern and western cultures together: Portuguese and Chinese street signs in Macau, British pubs in Hong Kong and 60 year old Caucasians men with 30 year old filipinas in Angeles City (heyo!). I was aware of this fusion throughout my travels and an example came to me while having breakfast in Singapore: the breakfast itself.
|Western and Eastern at the same time|
The breakfast consists of:
- Toast with kaya spread and a healthy (in regards to portion size, not cardiovascular) slab of butter
- Soft boiled eggs eaten with a pinch of salt and a dab of soy sauce
- Strong coffee ("weak" coffee makes me palpitate)
The toast and the butter are western staples, while the super sweet kaya spread is made of eggs, sugar and coconut milk, which can be more associated as an eastern flavor.The soy sauce adds a bit of an eastern flavor to the soft boiled eggs and it goes surprisingly well together. I usually do not drink coffee but decided that it complete the experience and it certainly did. Very very strong coffee, wired for an hour. That sums up the Singaporean traditional breakfast as it was explained to me, and I now make softboiled eggs in the morning and add soy sauce.