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Do foriegn countries have such thing as "American Food"?:

I got to thinking about this the other day. Everybody has Chinese food and stuff like that, but do other countries have "American" food?

Unless you count Kentucky Fried Chicken, not in Australia. Of course we have many American fast food chains, but nobody ever says, "hey, let's order American for dinner."

edited 7th Jul '11 3:43:39 PM by Talby

Figured as such. Strange that there is all kinds of different food (Indian, Chinese, German, French, ect.), but no American food.

There's really nothing known as "American cuisine". We're a young country and all our food, like much of our language, is borrowed from elsewhere. I suppose you could count fast food and things as American, but even hot dogs and burgers have their roots in Europe somewhere, and they're pretty universal in the Western World so we can't really claim it as a specialty or anything.

edited 7th Jul '11 3:48:07 PM by OnTheOtherHandle

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 5 Enkufka, Thu, 7th Jul '11 3:48:28 PM from Bay of White fish
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I suppose that there are some niche restaurants which have Souix or Navajo or such cuisine, but I've never seen such. Typically, "american" food is just taken from the German/Saxon/Polish/other countries, but the popularity and/or association has drifted to American.
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 6 Karkadinn, Thu, 7th Jul '11 3:48:33 PM from New Orleans, Louisiana
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Behold the wonder and glory:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_fried_rice
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There is such a thing as American cuisine, however most of the big franchise restaurants try to accommodate local tastes, which they even do in America. I'm told there are American steakhouses in Japan, but I don't know what their style is.

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There is plenty of food identified with America. Sure, some of it exists elsewhere, might even have originated elsewhere but it's not like that's not true of others. Just ask yourself what Italian cuisine is. Do you identify tomatoes with it? Pasta?

edited 7th Jul '11 3:55:02 PM by blueharp

 
 8 inane 242, Thu, 7th Jul '11 3:58:35 PM from A B-Movie Bildungsroman
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[up][up]That's really interesting.
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There is some over here. The German retail chain Lidl has a line of American products, like American Mustard * , American style Burgers etc. Also, one supermarket near me has a small American section with brand name proucts from the US you don't get in other stores (special flavours of coke, snapple, pop tarts, stuff like that). There also used to be a restaurant called American Diner in my home town.

But mostly, Mc Donalds and some other franchise fast food joints are what passes as American food around the world. And while most of the food served is contemporary, so is every other culture's cuisine too — historically people just ate what they had, the food was only really codified into a unified cuisine later on.

Note also, that American cuisine includes subcategories like southern/cajun, texmex and Hawaiian cuisine.
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 10 wuggles, Thu, 7th Jul '11 4:13:01 PM from Miami, FL Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
At least in Guyana, where my family is from, there is. Mostly stuff like fast food, and classic stuff like steak and potatoes or something. But they don't call it that all the time. Also there was little exposure to tex-mex food like nachos and tacos (though this has changed). My grandma has never had tex-mex food in her life.

edited 7th Jul '11 4:14:19 PM by wuggles

@blueharp: You have a good point. I guess it seems like there's no such thing as "American food" because I'm an American - how some people think that having an American accent means "no accent." Still, I think it's much easier to find distinct regional cuisines rather than a national one - America's pretty big and diverse, after all. Only a few food items seem definitively American and found all over the country: hot dogs, burgers, fries, steak, apple pie, etc.
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 12 Inhopelessguy, Thu, 7th Jul '11 4:19:57 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
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Mc Donald's recently had a 'one week of American' food served in all of their restaurants here. Such things as the 'New York Hotdog'. The ads were pretty weird, what with a postal worker trying to clambour into a monster truck, and an American football team playing... association football.

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[up][up]And people who live in other countries may think the same thing of their own countries, and not understand why you're lumping them with the cuisine which is totally different on the other side of their country.

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edited 7th Jul '11 4:22:15 PM by blueharp

 
 14 Milos Stefanovic, Thu, 7th Jul '11 4:22:29 PM from White City, Ruritania
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Here in Serbia, there is no such thing as "American food", though some people like derogatively refering to food from Mc Donald's, KFC, etc as "American shit".

edited 7th Jul '11 4:22:46 PM by MilosStefanovic

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I have seen, in the UK, pizzas marketed specifically as being New York or Chicago in style, restaurants marketed as American 50s style, cajun spices and there's also a perception of some American style that involves a lot of customization. Subway specifically advertises the customization of your orders as an american phenomenon, the endless Starbucks coffee order feels like that same phenomenon to us.

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RE: lumping national cuisines. Err... try India and China. Hell, even dividing their cuisines two main regions is still generalizing a lot. And not to mention how far western Chinese food is from foood actually eaten in China, but that's pretty common knowledge.
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 17 Erock, Thu, 7th Jul '11 4:29:52 PM from Toronto
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@On: American foods is burgers, pizza, and fried chicken. They all have old world roots but are unique enough.

edited 7th Jul '11 4:31:30 PM by Erock

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To me Chinese food is what every Chinese person I meet gives me when I go to their home or business:

Fish n Chips.

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 19 Inhopelessguy, Thu, 7th Jul '11 4:31:45 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
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@Blueharp. Did Subway merge with a hotdog company?!

Subway. Eat Fresh.

edited 7th Jul '11 4:32:19 PM by Inhopelessguy

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Pizza is a tricky one. It's very distinctly Italian, but there are differences betweent he US and Italian versions. Pineapple on pizza is a very American idea.
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I thought America came up with the idea of "Hey, let's take Italion pizza and add whatever we want on it! I call anchovies!" came from America, but the idea the original pizza started in Italy.

 22 Milos Stefanovic, Thu, 7th Jul '11 4:37:53 PM from White City, Ruritania
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[up]Agreed. Pizza is unarguably Italian.

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Pineapple on pizza

Ew.
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Sonic is a restaurant that does a car-hop style of the 50s theme, it has nothing to do with Subway that I know about.

Pizza is a flat round bread, it's kinda hard to track the origins of that down. But addition of the tomato comes through South America.

 
 24 USAF713, Thu, 7th Jul '11 4:41:21 PM from the United States
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Inhopelessguy, Sonic is its own thing. Which manages to have no franchises by me, which pisses me off because it's awesome. It's like American fast food from before it sucked. Amusingly enough, that commercial is actually American, or at least I've seen it on TV. The "Russians on Coney Island" thing was absolutely hilarious (side note: anybody know if that's actually true?)
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I like pineapple and salami pizza, the two flavors work well with eachother. I hate ham and pineapple.
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