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Foods Named After Places They Don’t Originate From


Appearances are deceptive and so are names. Heard of never judge a book by its cover? Well, it applies to those fancy foods whose names have been misleading us all along. Let us clear all your doubts about those deceiving names of some appetizing foods. So next time you order your food, you’ll know that from where it is actually from.

Our favs with Deceptive names

1.French FriesFrench Fries

French Fries are the ultimate go-to snack because potato never goes wrong in any form. But do you know that they are from Belgium? The confusion is so obvious when the two countries are still in a dispute regarding the origin. All this time it was clear from the name that it has French ancestry. But dating back to the 1600s, Belgians came up with an idea of frying potatoes golden-crispy. While potato fritters were being sold by French in the 1780s.There’s a lot to consider before claiming anything, but French Fries are anyway a great invention and a pure delight with ketchup, mayonnaise, or any sauce/dip.

2. French ToastFoods: French Toast

Another French illusion. This illusion has nothing to do with French even though it will never disappoint your tastebuds. There is no rigid proof to validate things yet. But a collection of recipes gathered tells us that this dish has Roman ancestry. Also according to a legend, a man named Joseph French was behind this creation. He created the dish in 1724 and advertised it as “French Toast” because he was grammatically inept and forgot the apostrophe. Jo had a funny story and even though he was clumsy, he made our childhood days sweeter for sure.

3. German Chocolate Cake

Foods: German Chocolate Cake

This is again a story of typos, forgetting the apostrophe. This cake’s roots can be traced back to 1852 when American baker Samuel German created a bar of dark baking chocolate for the Baker’s Chocolate Company. Later on, in 1957 a recipe for “German’s Chocolate Cake” appeared as the ‘Recipe of the Day’ in The Dallas Morning News. Mrs. George Clay, a homemaker from Dallas, Texas created this delicious cake using that chocolate only and named it after that. Continuous publication of that recipe dropped the possessive form deleting the apostrophe forming the “German Chocolate Cake” giving a false impression of German origin.

4. Singapore-style Noodles

These noodles are a beloved favorite of Hong Kong as well as in the west and Australia. But according to renowned Singaporean chef Damian D’Silva, the dish started in Hong Kong.

Foods: Singapore-style Noodles

“Created in either the 50s or 60s by chefs in Hong Kong, they wanted to make something exotic, hence the addition of curry powder. I believe the name is a coincidence, as the chefs felt it would add to the ‘exotic’ nature of the dish, due to the fact that Singapore wasn’t as well-known during that time. The dish then spread overseas and to Europe during the travels of the Hong Kong chefs while they were under British rule,” says chef D’Silva.

5. Baked AlaskaFoods: Baked Alaska

It is a dessert consisting of ice cream and cake topped with browned meringue. This dessert invention dates back in the year 1868. The same year when the US purchased Alaska from Russia. To commemorate this event chef Charles Ranhofer called it Baked Alaska.

6. Dutch BabyDutch Baby Pancakes

It is also known as a German pancake. It is a sweet popover made up of eggs, flour, sugar, milk, and usually vanilla and cinnamon. Not only the name, but even this dish is also deceptive. It looks like a cake but it’s a thick pancake. Also, it isn’t from the Netherlands. It was allegedly introduced in the first half of the twentieth century at Manca’s Cafe in Seattle and was likely named after the Pennsylvania Dutch settlers.

7. Coney DogFoods: Coney Dog

The Coney dog may be attributed to Coney Island, but its true origins lie a few states west: Michigan. The exact origin is unknown and three different eateries claim they invented the iconic dog. All three restaurants are located in Michigan. So there you have it. While we can’t be sure of the exact origin, we know it’s not from New York.


KetchupFoods: Ketchup

Ketchup is a real essential for some foods. It’s not named after any place but it seems soo American or Western in all aspects but actually, it’s not. It is originated from a Chinese sauce for real. Five hundred years ago, Chinese sailors were sailing down the Mekong coast when they found a sauce made from fermented anchovies. The sauce was popular in Vietnam, and the Chinese sailors gave it the name “ke-tchup.” This name is in the ancient language Hokkien, and the last syllable, “tchup,” means “sauce.”

In the 17th century, British traders made their way to the region, and they ended up discovering ke-tchup. One hundred years later, they were hooked and ke-tchup became a prized possession.

In the end…..

All of these foods are amazing no matter what. Sure the names are deceptive but they are so ravishing that these foods with ambiguous names can be forgiven.


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