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Food Origins: Top 10 Food Mythconceptions


There are many dishes have confused its origins over the years. Interestingly, the French are the usual suspects. However, dishes’ names and their origins are not necessarily related. It’s like the origins of names: in some cases (and mostly in myths and tales) they may had something to do with certain qualities of a person, but most of the times they just random picks.

The online food ordering marketplace foodpanda (www.foodpanda.ge) selected the top ten common fallacies in regards to the origin of foods.

  1. French Fries

Misconception: French Fries originate in France

Americans call them fries, British call them chips, everybody loves them, but Belgians were the ones who did it first. A folk tale says that the Belgians often fried small fish, and when they didn’t have any, they would cut potatoes in fish-shapes instead.

  1. French toast

Misconception: French toast is French

Either the French certainly enjoy taking credit for some culinary masterpieces or the marketing world just thinks adding the word ‘French’ on a dish will make it sound more delicious. Even though they are popular in France, French toast was around long before the French were French. Some point to a fourth-century Roman cookbook as evidence that French toast may, in fact, be Italian.

  1. Nachos

Misconception: Mexicans eat nachos all the time

While a Mexican originally invented nachos, foodpanda found out that they were made to satisfy the appetites of tourists from the USA, out of spare ingredients that were lying around. The man who invented them was known by the name “Ignacio”, after which the name nacho takes its name. A man named Frank Liberto eventually starting selling them at stadiums and the rest is history.

  1. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Misconception: Spaghetti and Meatballs are Italian

This is the famous meal the Lady and the Tramp are having in an Italian restaurant. Similarly, many people believe that this is a dish that comes from Italy – they were actually immigrants in North America. But more to the point, in Italy Spaghetti and Meatballs is never seen on a menu.

  1. Croissant

Misconception: Croissants come from France

Again, not French. Everyone thinks and pronounces it in French. However, the croissant is believed to have actually come from something called the kipferl. While there are many conflicting stories about how the croissant came to be, most believe that it was by an Austrian man.

  1. Sandwiches

Misconception: Sandwiches come from England

John Montagu, aka the Fourth Earl of Sandwich keeps getting the credit for putting cheese and meat inside some bread. A widely circulated myth, but the dish was actually eaten in the Western world for at least 1,000 years before the earl was born.

  1. Sushi Rolls

Misconception: Sushi rolls are all they eat in Japan

Most westerners think of sushi rolls whenever asked about Japanese food, however, the truth is that sushi is not nearly as popular in Japan as it is among those who are trying to emulate Japanese culture.

More importantly, however, sushi is rarely eaten in Japan and it is not the kind of rolls Westerners are used to having. Less than a quarter of Japanese surveyed even ate sushi a couple of times a month or more, sushi is simply a meal usually had on an important event.

  1. Danish pastries

Misconception: Danish pastries are Danish

Even though their name suggests its origin, the first Danish pastries were actually invented by Viennese chefs. However, despite their Austrian heritage, pastries today are a staple in Denmark.

  1. Pasta

Misconception: Pasta was first made in Italy

A synonym for Italy, as well as the 65% of an Italian menu. Nevertheless, the historical record says differently. Although the evidence points toward a variety of ancient cultures, pasta wasn’t invented in Italy. Some argue that the Chinese first ate spaghetti-style pasta as long as 7,000 years ago. Other evidence suggests that the Libyans were responsible for inventing the pasta that would become known as macaroni.

  1. Fortune cookies

Misconception: Fortune cookies are Chinese prophecies

Those delicious, sugary treats that appear at the end of a meal at the local Chinese restaurant weren’t born in China. Research suggests that the Japanese first cracked open these prophetic treats. Despite Japanese heritage, Chinese restaurants all over the planet give guests fortune cookies at the close of the meal.

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