Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sambal Tuna Bun for Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, if the doctors do not emphasize enough to make you comprehend this, well, let me reiterate the statement.
It is the first meal to kick start the day after more than six hours of not filling your body with food/energy.

It is called breakfast, because you break your night long fast and recharge your body the first thing when you wake up.
In fact, it is quite hard to skip breakfast with the many options available.

You don't have to opt for heavy meals to fill your day, as light but nutrition-packed choices are good enough to get you energized for a brand new day.
There are just so many to choose from; from toasts and plain white bread with jam/butter or even peanut butter if you please, to healthy oats porridge and cereal, or noodles and congee as the Asians do, or the good old ham/bacon/sausages with eggs and baked beans on the side.
Top it with a cup of hot coffee or tea or milk, or like me, a glass of fresh fruit juice and it keeps you happy for the rest of the day.

I love breakfasts, and I don't have to choose among the meals in the day to tell you that it is my favorite meal of the day.
I look forward to breakfasts, as I love to start my day with a different pick although I do tend to stick to some old favorites such as Chinese dim sum, or sometimes cake/bun with fruits and juices.

Typically when I am travelling, I may not have much to choose from, depending on the place I travel to, but still I enjoy hunting for the local styles of breakfast when I can (unless I get to enjoy lovely buffet spreads at five star hotels :)

I was in for a treat (did I mention that my hosts were lovely people who took extremely good care of us?) on my recent trip as I awoke to homey breakfast in the morning.

Steamed white buns and orange juice lay in front of me
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These white buns are the typical Chinese "Bao" (plain steamed buns) but these were not plain, as it was stuffed with homemade sambal tuna.

(Sambal is a term in Malay for ground chili paste typically used as condiments)

Judging from the color of the sambal tuna here, you'd bet that it was spicy!
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It was a creative, not to mention a fiery way to spice up a plain white bun for breakfast!

(Malaysians and Singaporeans somehow do take a fancy to having a little bit of spice here and there in their food:)

35 comments:

  1. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I have to admit, spices for breakfast sound like my kind of breakfast :)

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  2. Mangocheeks, you're most welcome, thanks for visiting too :)
    Hehehe...I am guessing you love spicy hot food? :D

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  3. This looks so good! I'm a Sriracha and Sambal addict. Thanks for commenting on my blog, I look forward to reading your posts :)

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  4. I avoid getting buffet breakfasts when I travel because I love exploring and finding food like this. Yum!

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  5. I love bao. Luckily, a Wow Bao restaurant opened in the mall next to me. But, they don't have a tuna bun. Maybe I'll suggest it!

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  6. I always like Bao and can never has enough of it ! Tooo bad it;s hard to come by around my area. I envy you :)

    Thanks doe visiting my blog and I am following you for more wonderful stories :) I wish to invite you to follow my block too if you like :)

    http://personalfoodjournal.blogspot.com

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  7. I usually just have a smoothie for breakfast, but this sounds like the perfect way to start a day!

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  8. wah... early morning eat spicy? I can't stand much. Usually, for a while only my stomach will become upset and need to find place to release :) Anyway, the bun looks nice leh. If got chance wanna try out. Btw, where to buy?

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  9. I think the buns look like angel food cake. I bet they are delicious!

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  10. Love the spicy, sounds like an awesome breakfast to me!

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  11. That looks fantastic. I love bao. That one looks so fluffy.

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  12. Chef Pandita,thanks for dropping by...my, you should really plan a visit to Malaysia, and you can enjoy spicy stuffs from early breakfasts until your supper :p
    I love your blog too, and will continue to visit;)

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  13. Jen, hahaha, don't...enjoy the buffet breakfasts too, sometimes they spoil you with choices from all over the world!:p
    Furthermore, if hygiene is a concern, it's better to dine at the hotel, don't you think? :D
    Thanks for dropping by;)

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  14. yummychunklet, do that!:) I am often disappointed when tuna is not one of the flavors offered on the menu :P

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  15. Food Glorious Food, I have already bookmarked your page, it looks gorgeous!!!:D
    Thanks for coming by too;)

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  16. Deborah, this adds variety to the first meal in the morning, ya? Oooohhh, smoothies are power-packed (and nutritious) boosters to energize for the day:D

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  17. Hey Steven, long time no see...I agree with you, I can't take lots of spicy food, but this was prepared with love by my host so gotta try it:)
    Hehehe....can't buy, since this is homemade:D
    Want me to order from my host?;)

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  18. Maris, they are! (If you can stand the hot spicy tuna paste in it, that is:)

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  19. 5 star foodie, hehehe, it's just a simple one:D

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  20. Sweet And Crumby, yeap, bao are quite healthy and simple options for breakfast, and just so versatile to go with almost anything!~ :D

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  21. love love spicy breakfasts!! a perfect way to begin the day!

    sweetlife

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  22. Oh! I haven't had this bao like forever...I like the idea of spicy sambal tuna with it...so yummie! Hope you are having a great week Christy :-)

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  23. So interesting. Would love this for breakfast. Thanks for visiting my blog. Will be back.

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  24. I love this breakfast! gloria

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  25. OK, I confess. I've never had a steamed bun! Do you believe it??
    Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day...not that I eat all that much, but I always try to make something I love. I fear the ones you were served might be a tad spicy for me. But no doubt there is a tamer version.
    Thanks for your visit and comment!

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  26. sweetlife, yeah, if your tummy can take it:) I try to take minimal, as I don't have a very strong tummy although it looks really irresistible:D

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  27. Penny, my pleasure!I loved your blog too....bookmarked it:D

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  28. Juliana, thanks for dropping by! Great that I can relive your craving for bao, maybe I will see you making something like this for breakfast soon?:P

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  29. Gloria, I take it that you love spicy food or something different for breakfast;)
    I am guessing you are gonna love the food in my country:P

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  30. Barbara, WOW!! I liked your confession, but no worries, you will have the chance to try some very soon. Who knows, you're probably gonna try to make them yourself?;)
    Yeah, this is a bit spicy, but there are lots of flavors of fillings that you can choose to go with the bao:)
    Thanks for visiting my blog too;)

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  31. I so agree about your comments on breakfast. I may not always do something fancy but I so appreciate the first bites of the day. That sambal tuna bun would so hit the spot.

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  32. A definite way to enjoy a kicked-up breakfast. Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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  33. Hie Velva, thanks for dropping by;)

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  34. Cheap Ethnic Eatz, glad you like the breakfast choice posted!:D

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  35. I agree, breakfast is so important a part to begin our day.
    I have something sweet ,almost always for breakfast but would love to have these a little later.
    The steamed buns look perfect and the sambhal in there so yummy!

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