4 Reinvented Pinoy Breakfast Ideas

May 28, 2020
Words by Gilbert Bermudez

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s why we Filipinos love to prepare delicious meals in the morning before we start the grind. If you’re looking to spice up your mornings, here’s a list of easy Pinoy breakfast ideas with a modern touch.

French Toast Pandesal

Step up your pandesal game with a quick tweak. Cut the pandesal pieces in half and lightly soak on a mixture of milk, cinnamon and beaten eggs. Fry the pieces until golden brown and you have yourself a nice batch of crisp, buttery pandesal. You can also chop some bacon and sprinkle bits over your pandesal for a savory touch!


● 2 tablespoons butter

● 4 tablespoons brown sugar

● 2 large bananas, use lakatan, sliced

● 4 medium eggs

● 1/2 cup evaporated milk

● a pinch of cinnamon

● a pinch of salt

● 4 large pandesal, sliced in half crosswise

● 4 tablespoons butter

Corned Beef with Veggies

Canned goods are equally handy and tasty, but did you know they can also be healthier? Once you’ve brought the sauteed corned beef to a simmer, add chopped veggies such as cabbage and chayote and cook for five minutes. You can also throw in other options like potatoes, tomatoes or even Thai chillies for a nice kick.


● 1 can corned beef

● ½ head small cabbage, chopped

● 1 medium onion, chopped

● ½ chayote, chopped

● 1 large potato, cubed

● 1 medium tomato, chopped

Tocino Bibimbap

Amp up your morning rice bowl with this Korean staple. Top off your choice of rice with bits of fried pork tocino alongside sautéed vegetables such as carrots, zucchini and mushrooms. Place blanched bean sprouts around the bowl with a sunny side up egg in the middle. Drizzle with gochujang sauce, and you’re ready to start the day!


● 225g Pork Tocino

● 1 medium egg

● 350g bean sprouts

● ½ zucchini, thinly sliced

● 100g shiitake mushrooms

● 1 small carrot, thinly sliced

● Gochujang sauce

Tapa Omurice

Treat your tapa to more Asian flavors with Japan’s famous omurice. Beat the eggs well using a chopstick and fry until half cooked. From there, turn off the heat and place your rice in the middle before adding the fried beef tapa. Fold the egg carefully from side to side and flip the dish onto a plate. Serve with ketchup or atchara on top, and you’ve got yourself a new classic.


● 200 grams sirloin, thinly sliced

● 2 garlic cloves, minced

● 2 tbsps vinegar

● 2 tsps soy sauce

● 1 tsp sugar

● 2 large eggs

● 1 tbsp oil

● Ketchup or atchara for serving

A quick search online can give you more breakfast ideas. After all, whether indoors or outdoors, preparing breakfast for our loved ones is always special.

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