Hey guys! I’m back from a short break with another International Questions and Answers blog post! In this series, I and 7 other people answer one simple question. But here’s the catch. This isn’t some boring interview. Each person is from a different country. That means they will all have varying answers! So, without further ado, please enjoy International Questions and Answers #4!
Question 4: Introduce to us a unique and popular food in your country.
Me (Japan): Octopus balls are very unusual but really good. Basically it’s a piece of octopus inside of a soft, flour based batter. Other thing can be put in too, like a soft, jello-O-like thing made of beans (konyaku), green onions, ginger, and sometimes even kimuchi. It’s really really good! It is made with a special pan that was round holes in it!
Eliana Duran (America):Most of what first comes to mind I assume that other countries eat as well. McDonald’s is universal, right?
One thing that I don’t think you other countries have is the s’more. “S’more” is short for “some more,” as in “I want some more!” This is because it is a delicious treat consisting of a marshmallow you cook over the campfire, sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker along with a square of chocolate. It is messy but very yummy!
Aiden Bisagni (Uganda): There are a lot, but one of the more exotic foods here are nsenene. Nsenene is a medium sized grasshopper that has been fried and salted. It is a special treat that can be bought on the side of the road from vendors with large buckets of them. They are pretty crunchy and salty. Nsenene are, for the most part, safe to eat although you may find that the small spike on the legs are tough to swallow.
Fe Batoon (Philippines): One of the most unique and popular foods in our country is banana cue! It’s a “street food” cooked by deep frying bananas and pushing a stick through it. It’s basically barbecue but with bananas and lots of oil and caramelized brown sugar.
Cara Devereux (Scotland): As much as I resent it, I have to say haggis (it tastes good, no matter what people think). But the other thing we’re known for is deep frying everything and I mean everything. Things that are particularly odd would be deep fried mars bars, ice cream, and pizzas. I particularly like my pizza deep fried (as if it’s not healthy enough already!)
Trudy Francis (Australia): One that you may have heard of is Vegemite, a thick, dark yeast extract spread. It has a different flavour to Marmite, so don’t confuse the two. Whatever you do, never eat it straight from the jar. I have a Vegemite sandwich most days for lunch, but it also tastes good with cheese in Vegemite scrolls, or spread thin on hot toast with lots of butter. It’s definitely an acquired taste, but it’s well worth a try.
Rebekah O’Donovan (Ireland): Well, there aren’t many, but one off the top of my head is the full Irish breakfast, which is served in restaurants, hotels, and BnBs. It consists of eggs (fried or scrambled), toast, bacon rashers, sausages, black or white pudding, and fried tomatoes, along with a cuppa of tea. Sometimes, it’ll include fried mushrooms, baked beans, potatoes, or soda bread. Pretty good if you can handle all that food! 😉
Abigail Blessing (Malaysia): Nasi Lemak is a famous Malay breakfast dish. It consists of coconut rice, sambal (spicy sauce), Ikan Bilis (tiny dried fish), cucumbers, peanuts, a hard-boiled egg, and sometimes fried chicken. It may sound kind of strange, but it tastes AMAZING!!