Everybody has their favorite way to consume hot fried potatoes — they’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and as far as I’m concerned, they may as well be their very own food group. What's more, there are countless different methods used to assemble and consume them. Check out 10 different ways fries are prepared and served around the world:
Belgium: Frites Frites in Belgium usually consist of long strips of twice-fried potatoes that are traditionally served in overflowing cardboard cones wrapped in paper, and topped with a mayonnaise-based sauce.
Canada: Poutine Though there are many different iterations of poutine, the purists believe in a three-part combo: fries, gravy and cheese curds.
Sliced sausages or hot dogs are added to fries for a salty, savory twist.
Netherlands: Patatje Oorlog
This roughly translates to “chips at war” and combines the flavors of raw onions, mayonnaise, and a peanut-heavy sate sauce.
United States: Chili Cheese Fries
Gooey cheese sauce and chili are poured over crispy french fries; they’re meaty, crunchy, and a staple 2 a.m. post-drinking “snack.”
France: Pommes Frites / Moules Frites Some frites are traditionally thin and twice-fried, and pair well with a meaty dish such as setak or mussels.
Kenya: Masala Chips
These fries are coated in a variety of seasonings, which often include cumin, garlic paste, tumeric, tandoori masala, chili powder, tomato paste, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Japan: Furaido Potato
In Japan fries are often topped with furikake, which is a garlic-heavy condiment that includes of seaweed, sesame seeds, fish flakes and other seasonings.
These potatoes are pan-fried disc-shaped, and served with onions, green peppers and bacon.
Spain: Patatas Bravas
In Spain the potatoes are cubed, and then smothered in mayonnaise and a spicy tomato sauce.