Strange breakfast habits
Breakfast at a five star hotel buffet in a south east Asian country is a strange ritual indeed. We are sitting here having coffee and juice with a birds eye view over the breakfast buffet of the Swissotel in Singapore. We are sleep deprived, freshly showered at the qantas club, and looking for adventure in Singapore. The sleep deprivation is important as it makes watching the breakfast below very amusing. We are looking for the wierdest combinations of food and not-so-silently enouraging our candidates along, urging them to take more or try yet another strange combo on their plates. Some fried chicken and chilly sambal with the croissant, baked beans and steamed dumplings on your plate? Sure, ofcourse you can fit in a slice of bacon and a piece of steamed fish with it. How sad that my iPhone camera does not zoom. I would love to show you the plate just below – bacon, croissant, scrambled egg, chicken curry, nasi goreng, a Danish pastry and a steamed pork bun. Choice!
What is it about a buffet that compels us to behave so? Determined to eat one of everything on offer, even if it is early in the morning. The madness is more evident in SE Asia as the range on offer is greater and stranger (to me). The strangest I have seen yet was in Manila. There the only thing that met my criteria of ‘breakfast food’ was the plate of sliced fruit – papaya one day and pineapple the next. I can normally eat and enjoy rice congee for breakfast but theirs came with strange bits in it.
So back to our competition. It is rather rude but what can I say? Sleep deprivation causes our own odd behaviour. Blame it on the two demon toddlers who screamed their way through the entire flight. My left ear is quite deaf and my thoughts then were far worse.