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The Best Fried Foods Around the World

Gulab Jamun

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Few cooking techniques can transform ingredients as magically as frying. Fried food is half the reason most of us go to state fairs (let’s be honest — no one goes for livestock contests) and people have waited in line for hours in the U.S. (and even gotten into fistfights) for sublime fried chicken sandwiches. From falafel to karintō, here are 18 of the best fried dishes from around the world.

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Churros

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The exact origins of the churro are debated, but many consider this centuries-old fried dessert to be a Spanish invention. Both creamy and crunchy, churros are tubes of dough (flour, water, salt) that are deep fried and topped with sugar. In Spain, churros are almost always made by pushing dough through a spiral-shaped funnel before frying, putting a unique spin on the churro’s French-fry-esque shape.

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The Most Popular Foods of the Last 70 Years

Colorful Cupcakes with Candy Sprinkles

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Impossible burgers, farm-to-table restaurants, charcoal-flavored ice cream, and White Claw have all had their breakthrough moments over the past decade. But many of the foods that today we think of as old hat were au courant when they first broke big. Take a wander through the past 70 years, and see which of your Thursday night staples were once big news.

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general tso’s chicken with rice, american chinese cuisine isolated on white background

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Chinese food first made its way to the United States in the mid-1800s, via Chinese prospectors and railroad workers. It wasn’t until the post-war period of the 20th century that average Americans dined out regularly, and Chinese restaurants were on the menu. Restaurants developed the sweeter, deep-fried version of Chinese food that became so popular that today, there are American-style Chinese restaurants sprinkled around the globe. Peng Chang-kuei, a chef from Hunan province, fled the ascent of Mao

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Grasshoppers and other incredible canned foods you can actually buy










Grasshoppers and other incredible canned foods you can actually buy












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1990s foods we’ll always love


The Nineties wasn’t that long ago – yet some classic foods from the decade feel worlds away. This was an era of low-calorie “treats”, promotional toys in cereal boxes, red velvet cupcakes and fast food innovations. Maybe you spent it sipping cosmopolitans like Carrie Bradshaw or, more likely, being begged to buy Dunkaroos and Warheads by the kids. Whichever it was, these foods are sure to take you back…




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