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Exploring Bagel Varieties Around the World

When it comes to breakfast food, we’d like to say the bagel takes our vote for the most versatile and delicious meal. In honor of National Bagel Day on January 15th, we’re celebrating by rounding up some of our favorite bagels from all over the world and sharing what makes them so special and unique!

Montreal Bagels (Canada)

Smaller and denser compared to New York bagels, Montreal bagels are known for their sweet and chewy texture. They are sweetened with honey, boiled in honey-sweetened water, and then baked in wood-fired ovens, giving them a distinct flavor. Common toppings include sesame seeds and poppy seeds, providing a nutty and aromatic dimension to the bagel.

New York Bagels

Iconic for their larger size, chewy interior, and shiny crust, New York bagels are a breakfast staple. They are often boiled before baking, creating a dense texture. The “everything bagel” seasoning, consisting of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, garlic, and salt, is a popular topping. Versatile toppings range from classic cream cheese and lox to various spreads, vegetables, and deli meats.

London Brick Lane Beigels (UK)

In the UK, bagels are commonly referred to as “beigels.” The Brick Lane beigel is notable for its fusion of East End flavors. These bagels are often softer than their American counterparts and are associated with a variety of fillings. Traditional toppings typically include salted beef or smoked salmon, creating a savory and satisfying snack.

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Jerusalem Bagels (Israel)

Jerusalem bagels, or “Ka’ak,” are larger and softer than typical bagels. They have a slightly sweet taste and a chewy texture. They may be plain or topped with sesame seeds. It’s also enjoyed with a variety of spreads like labneh or za’tar.

St. Petersburg Sushki

While not a traditional bagel, the Russian sushki shares some similarities. These small, crunchy, and ring-shaped bread snacks are often enjoyed with tea and are a staple in Russian households. Sushki are typically plain, as they are commonly served as a tea accompaniment. 

Turkish Simit

The Turkish simit is a circular bread covered in sesame seeds, similar to a bagel. It has a chewy texture and is often enjoyed as a street food snack. While simit is typically enjoyed on its own, it can be paired with tea or served with accompaniments like cheese, olives, or jam. 

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Craving some bagel goodness after this post? Don’t worry, we have plenty of delicious food here at Bagel Mill for you to choose from. To discover all of our options, check out our online menu or stop by today!

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