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12 Yummy Ways People Enjoy French Fries Around the World

It's very difficult to find someone who doesn't enjoy French fries. These crispy potatoes are the perfect side to anything, really, be it a hamburger or fish! No wonder so many countries have embraced fries into their cuisines. Interestingly, people in different countries prefer to serve fries differently and pair them with a wide variety of toppings and sauces, be it a fried egg, sausage, or even baked beans.
In this mouthwatering post, we've collected 12 authentic recipes featuring French fries from various corners of the globe. Enjoy and get inspired!

1. Salchipapas (Peru)

French Fries Around the World Salchipapas
Salchipapas originated in Peru, but they are now widely available all across Latin America. The two main ingredients in salchipapas are sliced sausage and potatoes, which are often topped with hot peppers, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, and mayonnaise. Yum!

2. The Gatsby (South Africa)

French Fries Around the World the Gatsby
The Gatsby is a South African sandwich invented in Cape Town. The sandwich is stuffed with French fries, sauces, cheese, veggies, and a variety of protein-based fillings, such as calamari, fish, or chicken. The Gatsby is a rather large sandwich, enough to share among a group of people.

3. Chorrillana (Chile)

French Fries Around the World Chorrillana
This filling Chilean dish is made by combining fried eggs, sliced chicken or meat, onions, mushrooms, and French fries, of course. It's a popular shareable dish served at pubs and restaurants. Sounds delicious, doesn't it?

4. Garbage Plate (United States)

French Fries Around the World Garbage Plate
Have you ever tried a garbage plate? It may not sound very appetizing, but it is considered a delicacy in Rochester, New York. The dish was invented at the Nick Tahou Hots restaurant, and it's a pretty strange combination of ingredients. The garbage plate features fries, baked beans, macaroni, meat, cheese, and a spicy sauce.

5. Gyros (Greece)

French Fries Around the World Gyros
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This Greek street food is made by wrapping fries, vegetables, and Tzatziki sauce in pita bread. Other condiments and fillings, such as falafel and meat, are also common. If you need to catch a quick bite, gyros (also known as gyro) is a no-fail option!

6. Chipsi mayai (Tanzania)

French Fries Around the World Chipsi mayai
Another street food dish is chipsi mayai. Essentially, it's an egg and potato omelet (mayai is “eggs” in Swahili). This hearty omelet is pretty easy to prepare too. Just fry up some potatoes in a pan and pour eggs whisked together with spices and any veggies on top. That's it!

7. Masala Chips (Kenya)

French Fries Around the World Masala Chips
Masala chips are a popular food in Kenyan cuisine. These are essentially French fries covered in masala sauce, which is a tomato-based sauce with spicy and garlicky notes. After dipping the fries in the sauce, they are fried again and then served with a squeeze of lemon juice.

8. Kartofi Sus Sirene (Bulgaria)

French Fries Around the World Kartofi Sus Sirene
In Bulgaria, fries are often served with grated cheese. Most often, a Bulgarian cheese called sirene is used, as it has a salty and lemony taste that pairs very well with crispy French fries.

9. Currywurst (Germany)

French Fries Around the World Currywurst
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You will find currywurst on the corner of every German city, and especially in Berlin. It's a pretty simple dish - a side of fries and sliced sausage topped with ketchup and curry powder. Currywurst was invented by a German housewife named Herta Heuwer, and it's now a real Berlin staple.

10. Moules-frites (Belgium)

French Fries Around the World Moules frites
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Mussels and fries may sound like a peculiar combination, but it's actually a Belgian favorite. The mussels are sauteed in garlic and white wine, and fries are served on the side. Don't know about you, but we'd love to try this dish one day!

11. Poutine (Canada)

French Fries Around the World Poutine
This satisfying dish is considered to be the national food of Canada! Poutine is a portion of fries with a rich topping of gravy and Canadian cheese curds. This particular kind of cheese originated in the Centre-du-Québec region of Canada in the 1950s, which makes it a quintessentially Canadian dish!

12. Fish and Chips (the UK)

French Fries Around the World Fish and Chips
This UK classic needs no introduction. The combination of fried white fish and chips (this is British for "French fries") is difficult to mess up, so you should definitely try making it. Interestingly, though, the origins of this food are still unknown. Both London and Lancashire consider themselves the birthplace of this now-iconic British street food.
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