Whether you call them “chips”, as in the UK, “pommes frites” in France, or “patatas fritas” in Spain — it all means the same thing: French fries, that glorious comfort food that can be eaten in many forms: waffled, Cajun-style, or curly, just to name a few.
Belgium and France both claim that French fries originated in their countries. Wherever they come from, French fries are popular, with Americans eating an average of 30 lbs each year.
American president Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing French fries to America when he served them at a White House dinner in 1802.
While Americans typically each their fries with ketchup, people around the world have a different take on French fries.
The British use salt and malt vinegar
Mayonnaise is a accompaniment of choice in Belgium. Belgians sometimes crack a raw egg over the fries as they’re taken from the fryer.
In Vietnam they serve their fries with soft butter and a bit of sugar
A popular dish in Canada is poutine, French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.
In Israel, fries are sometimes accompanied by hummus
Australians sprinkle chicken salt on their fries.
In India, fries are given a bit of a kick with turmeric and chili powder
The Japanese eat their fries with furikake, a mix of seaweed, dried bonito flakes, sesame seeds, and other seasonings
How do you like your French fries?