Understanding a country’s culinary habits is a fun part of living in a new place. Between disgust, pleasure and astonishment – daily food in other cultures can provoke different responses in restaurants.
Foods from the United States have been successfully exported throughout the world – it’s hard to think of a McDonald’s without a sign, for example – but like Cambodian fried tarantulas or century-old eggs from China, there are some American foods that will widen the eyes of strangers. The following list shows that we as humans are not classified as “omnivores” (eaters of all) without cause
1. Root beer floats
If you’ve ever thought that sweet carbonated drinks can use more sugar and a large spoonful of fat, root beer floats are for you. From its sickness and bright color scheme, to volcanic eruptions that occur when bubbles meet ice cream, these are children’s dreams and nutritionists’ nightmares.
2. Corn dogs
Hot dogs are a fantastic way to get your daily nutritional rations on pork and salt. The problem is your body still wants some fried corn flour dough. Be thankful for heroic innovation which is a corn dog that proves that even classic fast food can be improved by frying applications.
3. Biscuits and gravy
This dish is just as you think – if you think scones are biscuits and the sauce should ideally look the same before and after digestion. Europeans may find it difficult to accept the appearance of this dish (which is gray) but this is one of the dishes typical of the southern part of the United States and we must assume that it tastes better than it looks.
4. Red velvet cake
The American community is accustomed to naming cakes with the name of the ingredients they contain to sound more poetic. Chiffon cake, Devil’s food cake and Whoopie pies all show this trend. However, red velvet cake, a staple dessert menu in the US, is named after primary colors and tufted woven fabrics, both of which are tasteless and therefore perfectly describe one of the United States’ synthetic treats.
As we have seen with biscuits and gravy, people in the southern US are used to different dishes. The appeal of grits stems from the practical preparation of the Native American corn community, which was very old when Europeans arrived. Basically, corn is processed into a soul food using butter; dishes that are heavy, tasteless and are only liked by certain people.
6. Monte Cristo sandwich
The classic example from the US adapts the European concept – in this case the croque monsieur – and increases it. Commonly found in deli and restaurants throughout the country, this dish is truly a devil’s job: fried cheese and ham sandwiches dipped in egg mixture, coated in sugar and served with jam.
7. Deep fried
While we are on the subject of fried food, let’s admire the tendency of our transatlantic cousins to fry everything. And it’s also not that bad for you – American hero Elvis Presley consumes large amounts of peanut butter and fried banana sandwiches; and he lived until the early forty.
8. Frito pie
Some people think that the US won by leading the global obesity table. Otherwise why would the people of Texas and New Mexico argue who created this dish. Containing chili, cheese and corn chips (Fritos), this dish is a classic example of excessive freedom.
9. Twinkie wiener sandwich
Similar to eating classic pigs in blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon or cake), this dish is more like pork wrapped in fat. Well, you might not see Al Weird recipes on many menus, but these foods are widely reviled as examples of pleasant US food culture, cystesis and very unhealthy.
10. Free refills
It’s easy to mock American food, but don’t forget good things. Indeed yes, their fast food outlets have entered every country in the world, some of which are also caused by our addictive drive for dangerous levels of salt, sugar and fat. In a country where free markets are king, customer service has quickly left the whole world, and it is one of the dining aspects in America that has not been successfully replicated in foreign markets.
The free refill policy is a symbol of that attitude. Most tourists who order their first soft drinks in the US are fascinated by two things: first, obviously the drinks are endless, and second, the drinks are endless. Even the high level of anti-consumerism softened when the coffee waiter came over with a steaming jug and a big smile.