Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Breakfast Buffets--Asian Hotel Style

Asian hotel breakfast buffets are a spectacle that cannot truly be captured by camera. There's nothing quite like them. A typical day? Here at the Hotel Majestic there is a selection of exotic fruits including those tiny creamy bananas and juicy polka dotted dragon fruit. Next a selection of cold cuts and salads. Who eats salad for breakfast? Then you find two soups, one is a rice porridge with a myriad of toppings to go with it, the other is pumpkin. Now you reach the French pastries, at least 4 or 5 of them. It's amazing that a croissant can be both crunchy and tender in this humidity. On to the cereals, pork spareribs, Chinese greens, and omelet bar, dim sum selection and some kind of noodle soup, made to order.

In the middle of the night I wake up wondering what I should have for breakfast. A tour of the mornings offerings is the first order of business. And like sneaking a peek at someone elses grocery basket I find myself perusing the passing plates to see what odd combinations others are indulging in. Mad combinations to be sure, but I could get used to this...