Of Lidnivikis, Migas and Flat White

Today, I want to give you guys an example of making misinformed travel decisions based on internet articles written by people who don’t even know what they are writing about.

I was doing some casual research for my upcoming trip and I came across this title: 26 Breakfasts From Around The World. The article comes with a message “… you need to eat all of this”.

Needless to say, I was intrigued and began scrolling down to look at mouthwatering pictures of food from all over the world. I could not recognize a lot of the food items on show, which is great news because this means I am learning new things today. One particular item that caught my attention was this:

lidnivikis

You see, I do follow quite a few blogs run by Polish people, so I have read quite a few blog posts talking about Polish cuisine. In fact, I have also tried (and failed horribly) to make two Polish food items: pierogi and kluski.

I’m pretty sure I have never seen this dish name, Lidnivikis. At first I thought, maybe it is Polish but not so popular, hence the bloggers never mentioned about it. So I took the next step and did a Google search. But the only links to Lidnivikis that I found were recipes link teaching you how to make this. I could not find any links that tell me what this dish is, what history it has, etc.

Then I came back to the original article and scrolled down to the comments section. Guess what I saw?

lidnivikis2

LOL!!! If these 2 ladies are who they say they are, then… this means this article is pure bullshit. I can imagine people reading this article, then when they go to Poland in the future, embark on an epic hunt across the entire country looking for Lidnivikis, fail and become all miserable because of all the wasted time and effort.

I wonder if Lina and/or Agness would care to clarify if Lidnivikis is actually a Polish dish or not?

And apparently this isn’t the only blunder of the article. There is an entry for Spain. Since I am headed there soon, I was interested, naturally.

migas

Hmm, there’s chorizo, which is a Spanish sausage, so I thought maybe this is correct. But let’s take a look at the comments…

migas2

LOL!! Well, at least that thing is still Spanish. I didn’t see any comment saying “I’ve never seen this thing in Spain before!”. It’s just that this isn’t breakfast food.

Thank goodness there are comments for me to refer to. Otherwise, I can imagine myself going out from my hotel every morning looking for Migas con Chorizo for breakfast unsuccessfully, then eventually find them during lunch time, make some remarks in my blog when I come back, and then it would be me who would be laughed at for looking for the wrong food at the wrong time. All thanks to an inaccurate article written by a grossly misinformed nincompoop.

Maybe Marta can enlighten us whether Migas con Chorizo is an actual Spanish dish, and when do people actually eat this?

It has been an entertaining article to read so far. Well, not so much the actual article but the comments that come with it. But I saved the most epic one for last… 😀

flatwhite1

First thing that came to my mind was: Does Australians (or anyone in the world) really have only coffee for breakfast? Shouldn’t breakfast mean something to eat, first and foremost? But, anyway…

Now, you know I’m not a gourmet coffee person. I am someone who could not tell the difference between a Cafe Latte and an Americano. But I think a Flat White is a real thing. I’ve seen it being sold in cafes before.

flatwhite2

I know a Flat White is a real thing, but now I also know how it DOES NOT look like.

Or could it be this is how an Australian Flat White looks like? Maybe different countries serve flat whites that look differently? Mabel?

38 Comments

  1. many of such online articles can’t be trusted…it was done hastily to get in traffic and $$$ from ads. But anyhow, that was a good ‘discovery’…at least now u hav done ur homework and don’t look like idiot hunting for chorizo for breakfast!

    • Who knows if I will be misled by some other articles that might seem more trustworthy… maybe I should not read any articles and just go! 😀

  2. I confirm migas is a Spanish dish but yes, no one eats it for breakfast.
    Or maybe 100 years ago people did, but definitely not now. You see, this dish is done with bread, so people (in many cases, shepherds) used it as a way to not waste bread from the previous day. It is kind of an old, outdated dish, so maybe you will not see it everywhere. But I love it! It is very tasty. Be prepared for a heavy digestion though xD

    PS. I think most of the lists on sites like buzzfeed, huffpost and the like are bullshit that someone had to hastily put together for some cash.

    • If it is a real dish, I would like to try it! Maybe I’ll go hunt it up, just not on breakfast time. As you can see from some of the food I eat, I think I would have no problems with heavy digestion. 😀

      Now the answers are complete:
      1. Lidnivikis – Not breakfast, and not even Polish. 100% American creation.
      2. Migas – Spanish and breakfast fare, but 100 years ago.
      3. Flat white – Picture is not flat white.

      Jesus Christ! It is exactly like you said, hastily put together article with next to no research…

  3. I agree with the comments from The Yum List, Mabel & Mun. Because not everyone is well informed about everything, I think it’s often best to exercise restraint instead of giving “negative” comments.

    If we have say some leftover sausages from the previous meal, why can’t we toss it with eggs and tomatoes and have it for breakfast? Spaniards included I would think. Or if we’re late for work and have no time for breakfast, many would just get a coffee to go as breakfast. Australians included I would think. On breakfast closer to home, yes BKT is commonly eaten for breakfast in Klang (if you can’t find anything else to eat in Klang in the mornings, you can certainly find BKT)…and yes in Imbi too (I’ve seen one place where bus loads of tourists come for breakfast)!

    • You know, I have since went back to that article, and the comments have increased fifty-folds and got nastier.

      I guess the main problem lies with the article writer, still. True, you don’t want to say something to represent everyone when commenting, but the article writer should practice similar refrains. Given, sometimes it is necessary to write like this to seem more sensational, but if you really have to represent a country, then at least represent the majority of the country, not 5% of the country and then claim “this is what they all eat”.

      Going with the BKT example. I’m shocked (and pleased) to learn that BKT is being eaten for breakfast in Klang and Imbi. That won’t make me any happier if someone were to write: “Breakfast of Malaysia: Bak Kut Teh”. Because it is not widely eaten. I would be happy if someone writes: “Breakfast of Malaysia: Nasi Lemak/Roti Canai/Wantan Mee”, because these are stuff you can find ALL over Malaysia and not just a small part of us. 😐

  4. Wakakakakaka! I had a good laugh at the silly Polish breakfast claims. I would be naive to believe this Lidnivikis origins. I have watched a Polish On Ice performance once and loved the looks of their dancers. So I thought their food and country must be nice too.

    This is real coincidence that I have also been googling for info to plan my trip in November. My brain juice is almost dried up with frustrations.

    • If your readers are curious why: name doesn’t sound Polish, only three sites including yours mention this thing – the rest is just some random cooking chef I’ve never heard of before. I tried to google that up in Polish but nothing looked even similar to this. Also, there’s a link to a cooking book with a preview option that mention that random cooking chef being a master of purely American invention from the 30s.
      Most of the families I know have usually sandwiches, cereals or scrambled eggs for breakfast. Not that thing that I cannot even memorize its name.

      • LOL! So that thing is basically American and there is nothing Polish about it, at all! Not even the name! 😀 😀

        I’m glad the breakfast you described is similar to what those people who commented in that article said. So it seems the commentators are correct and it is really the writer who is full of shit…

  5. I’ve stayed with D’s 100% Polish family twice in Poland now, and I can tell you that it’s always eggs, sausages, tomato, and bread for breakfast. They said that they’ve been having that breakfast since forever.

    Oh no, I’m glad I don’t have such a wide audience for my blog, or I wonder what kind of comments I’d get for my “breakfast around the world” post. I really did try to feature things that I knew for sure is what they eat for breakfast in that country, but some were also just what I ate too (since I wake up so late, lol).

    • Eggs, sausages, tomato and bread is also the breakfast many Australians like to eat. Including some bacon 😀 I suppose some of us like savoury and hearty food to start our day 😀

    • Well, I doubt you can go much wrong with your version. After all, you have been there, eaten that. So it can’t go terribly wrong.

      At the very least, your London breakfast is much more accurate than the one featured in the article I read. They used a photo of scones and call it crumpets, which apparently all British people shot down. 😀

      • Oh man, I had a look at the buzzfeed article and cracked up at the angry comments. This is why I hate buzzfeed-type stuff, that just relies on click-baity titles and poorly researched lists not even based on personal experiences! And also, as a chinese, I have never ever eaten fried noodles for breakfast!

        • I guess maybe that that recipe is from a non-China Chinese. The recipe’s author is called Francis Lam. Lam is a Cantonese surname. Maybe he’s a Hong Kong-er or even Malaysian 🙄 .

          Anyway, you’ll get LOTS of noodles for breakfast when you come here. I’m surprised you have not had more breakfast noodles when you were in Singapore! 😀 😀

  6. I’d be wary of negative comments on posts such as these – there are too many trolls on the internet.
    Definitely not a photo of a flat white – but yes coffee – and the flat white in particular – is a very popular item in Australia.
    Migas is a traditional dish in Spain made from leftovers – often day old bread and originally eaten for breakfast. With current food trends it’s regained popularity and has become trendy in some places to serve it as an a la carte item on lunch and dinner menus.

    • Hmm… so migas is eaten for breakfast? Not like what the few Spanish people (well, they said they are Spanish) claimed in the comments of that article then..

        • Then I suppose I cannot believe either the comments or the articles itself. The articles are using 1 food to represent one whole country, 26 times. In fact, there was one entry which represented the entire West Africa 😐 … Sigh, better to just stop the “research”es and just fly to Barcelona and be spontaneous. 🙄

  7. Wow. That was certainly one entertaining article there. Coffee is a must have to many Australians in order to wake up in the morning. Breakfast wouldn’t be complete without coffee. Of course, there are some people who just “eat” coffee for breakfast in Australia but as we all know, that is when we’re rushing…

    I used to drink coffee about eight years ago, and then stopped. Practically everyone goes for a latte. Different places (and countries) make the flat white different. The milk tastes more velvet and smooth compared to a latte. The flat white foam is usually a microfoam, without froth…

    ….which brings me to: I have never seen a coffee being served like the one in your photo. That looks like a chocolate drink of some sort to me. And our coffees aren’t dark brown in colour. You wouldn’t even serve coffee with the spoon in the cup 🙄

    • The last part of your comment is the key point. It seems the comment is correct that the picture is NOT a flat white. The article writer is bullshitting. LOL! 😀

  8. I am very interested to read the answers from your Polish and Spanish commenters to your questions.

    I mean any food could be eaten for breakfast, right? Here, it is so common to eat sausages and eggs for breakfast that I cannot imagine that zero people in Spain eat sausages (chorizo) and eggs and toasts for breakfast.

    • Although that guy said literally, I think zero is probably an exaggeration. But I suppose it is not regarded as a breakfast dish. Just like we can eat BKT for breakfast if we want to (Singaporeans do actually), but we don’t. So if the article says “Malaysians breakfast: Bak kut teh”, I’m sure Malaysians would foam in the mouth. 😛

      • Erh, no lah. It is very common to eat bak kut teh for breakfast in Klang lah – very early before the sky is bright locals can be found eating bak kut teh in Klang. See my comment to your reply to Claire below. I certainly won’t foam in the mouth because it is true as I do eat bak kut teh for breakfast.

        • See my comment reply to your comment on my reply to Claire below.

          Although I suppose, many Malaysians (not of Klang) would never know this fact. Now it got me wondering, maybe that migas thing is eaten as breakfast in a small part of Spain and the rest of them just don’t know. 🙄

          • Erh, I cannot speak for Spain but to be fair to Klang folks, Bak kut teh is served for breakfast too in a few shops in Imbi, hehehe, I have eaten bkt for breakfast in Imbi too (oops, I have revealed that I am such a glutton).

            If you want to verify this when you are back in KL, the bkt shops are here:
            http://www.rebeccasaw.com/bak-kut-teh-imbi-ah-hee-bak-kut-teh/

            Since you are on the topis of breakfast, hehehe, perhaps you would like to see whether the choices listed here are correct or not as a service to your readers who are not M’sians who may one day want to come here for breakfast:

            http://zafigo.com/cities/top-8-breakfast-choices-in-kuala-lumpur-part-i/

            • No, you should not speak for Spain. Let’s just focus on BKT. Arghhhh have I been living under a rock? I really never noticed BKT being sold for breakfast all this time! Maybe it is just Klang (because, place of origin) and that Imbi one trying to be special? 😐

              That zafigo link… looks legit to me. I have eaten all of them for breakfast before hahaha! I guess in Malaysia, we really don’t have specific breakfast food or lunch or dinner food. Any food is suitable for any time. Even bak kut teh! 😀

  9. So not everything that is published are true… I wonder what they would write about Malaysian breakfast if it is ever researched… :”)

    • Maybe they’ll go somewhere NEAR Malaysia, like Singapore for example… then claim Malaysians eat bak kut teh for breakfast! 😀 😀

      • But but but that is true what. We do eat bak kut teh for breakfast. Once I woke up at 5.30 am to drive to Klang for bak kut teh breakfast to beat the jam during a work day and when I reached the famous eatery, the sky was still dark and many people were already there eating bak kut teh that it was nearly full house.

        • What the??!! Serious?? There are people in Malaysia who eat BKT for breakfast? Goodness…. Okay, it seems like I’m a big, fat and grossly misinformed idiot. 😐

  10. LOL! Some years ago I watched a travel show on Astro. The caucasian hostess explained that the “asam” in asam laksa refers to the mint leaf. I was like, huh? excuse me? Then in another segment, mangosteen (in a breakfast platter) was identified as rambutan. Then I watched the late Keith Floyd cook chilli crab and rendang and I was like NO! NO! NO! And then I watched Adrian Richardson put prawn paste (hae koh) into satay sauce. That’s it. I give up. That is why, now I am very wary of recipes especially if the chef is not native to those dishes 😀

    • I’ve actually recently learned to not mind too much of angmohs doing their renditions of Asian/South American food. They are just doing what they think is right, no point to argue with them, except to just steer clear from treating them as authentic recipes LOL!

      But I still cannot accept people/articles who mislead other people, such as this one that I was reading… 🙄

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