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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Belgian Fries

I was told that once you have tasted the fries in Belgium, you will never have them as good anywhere else in the world!

Thickly cut and fried twice in beef tallow, Belgian fries are super crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. They are typically sold in a paper cone, and with a plastic fork. The locals love their fries smothered with thick dollops of mayonnaise. Some vendors (friekot) offer up to 40 different kinds of sauces : Andalouse (mayo, tomato, and peppers), Samurai (harissa mayo),  curry sauce, bicky ketchup, Bearnaise ...

BELGIAN FRIES, FLEMISH FRIES OR JUST FRIES BUT NEVER FRENCH FRIES!

No one calls them French fries in Belgium and apparently, there is a longstanding culinary war over the rightful ownership of the fries. I was told that Belgians remain sensitive about their fries being referred to as French.

They may be known across the world as ‘French fries’, but there’s nothing French about them. The name ‘friet’ comes from patates frites, Belgian-French for ‘fried potatoes’. One possible explanation for the association could be that when American soldiers were introduced to ‘fried potatoes’ in Belgium during WWI, they thought they were in France because French was the language spoken in that region.

The Belgians blame the American soldiers  for having dubbed their national dish with the misnomer!



We had ours topped with pulled pork and chopped onions in a curry sauce. It was truly amazing!
And once you've tasted Belgian frites, there is no going back!

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35 comments:

Lin said...




I am not so sure about all those toppings, but I would like to try the fries alone. they look fabulous!










An Apel a Day said...

I could gobble that up in a heartbeat. It looks good!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the fired potatoes look and sound delicious. A spicy sauce would be yummy too. Wishing you a happy day!

Hootin' Anni said...

You have done it now! I am slobbering & drooling all over my keyboard. Wow!!

betty said...

Oh my goodness! That looks yummy! I watched the video of him making them! Such an art form in itself! Its a good thing I don't live in Belgium, LOL. That would be a hard habit to break!

betty

Great-Granny Grandma said...

They sound delicious. I wouldn't even want a topper.
Good thing I don't live in Belgium because I'd be an addict for sure.

Hena Tayeb said...

Those look great.. I like my fries plain.. I have tried poutine and other topped fries but skinny and crunchy with a sprinkle of salt.. nom nom

stevebethere said...

I want some immediately LOL

Have a frytastic week :-)

Mother of 3 said...

Those sound good! I just love me some "French" fries.

NCSue said...

I'm game to try these, but would likely skip the toppings.
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Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Fascinating history and the fries sound so tasty!

Tom said...

...I learned something new today, thank you!

Mascha said...

Looks very yummy!
Gretings from Germany

csuhpat1 said...

Thanks for all the info and those look so great. #globalblogging

NanaHood said...

Well, they are different! Not sure I want some but enjoyed reading about them. Thanks for sharing!

Lydia C. Lee said...

We were big fans of the Flemish Stew too....

riitta k said...

It was fun reading about the dispute between the French and Belgians! I'm not a great fan of fries, but you convinced me that the Belgian frites are worth tasting!

judee said...

Wow! They do look amazing! Did you eat them all?

Sandee said...

Oh yummy. I want one too.

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Mandy said...

OMG! Those fries look AND sound amazing! Time to plan a trip to Belgium!

Thanks for sharing the history of the name! I had no idea!

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Jan said...

I would like some for my breakfast.

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan said...

Writing in from India and guess what - your post answered a lot of questions for me. In our movie theaters, we have a counter selling Belgian fries (which basically is what we consider french fries wrapped in a paper cone and having various toppings.

did not know this history

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Robin said...

No mystery here. They're called French fries because they're French-fried. That is, fried quickly in deep oil, a process once called "French(-style) frying" in English. The word "fries" comes from that; otherwise it's meaningless. (Do we have "boils" or "bakes" or "poaches"?)

When I was a kid, lots of things - not just potatoes - were referred to as French-fried. Anything deep-fried fast and crisp. I particularly remember French-fried apples.

So the Belgians have nothing to complain about, and the French nothing to claim. But unfortunately, many anglophones also think backward on this topic, assuming French fries must be "fries (that nonexistent thing) that come from France."

Compare the mysterious whereabouts of the original hamburger. Same principle: "hamburger" (a sandwich from Hamburg) was shortened to "'burger" (which doesn't mean anything), then relengthened into "beef burger", "chicken burger", "fish burger", "veggie burger"... and now people wonder when they stopped putting ham in hamburgers.

Linguistics, eh?

Thanks for the post! Boy, do I miss my moules-frites from my days in Belgium!

XmasDolly said...

YUMMY! Am I invited for breakfast??? WOW... tHANKS FOR SHARING GIRLFRIEND... Gotta fly got doctors today, but couldn't miss my buddy's HELLO! SO HELLO ^& HUGS!!!!!

pilch92 said...

I would like to try those, but I will stick with ketchup on them.

betty-NZ said...

I don't know why I'm surprised that other countries eat them with toppings like pizza!!
Thanks for expanding my horizons :)

Your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week sure made my day!


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Meditations in Motion said...

I absolutely agree - Belgian fries are the best in the world. Love their moules frites!

Keith's Ramblings said...

All that's missing is a bucket of moules, a pile of waffles, some chocolates and a bottle of beer!

Mellie said...

French fries are one of my favorite foods. I'd love to try Belgian fries someday!

Dee | Grammy's Grid said...

Thanks so much for linking up your Belgian fries post at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 43. Shared.

Justin said...

How have I gone through life without knowing about these? Its nearly 7am right now and I would happily tuck into a portion of these. Thanks for sharing.

Anne said...

Just to add to the confusion...they look like chips to me. I've not tried Belgian frites, but they look a lot like our chips which we buy from the Chippy (chip shop) we eat ours mostly with fish and salt and vinegar, but also with curry sauce or mushy peas. Me and my brood are also fond of a battered sausage with ours. :)

The Writing Greyhound said...

Ooh these look delicious! And a good choice from you too - your toppings look great! #thatfridaylinky

Esha M Dutta said...

The fries look so yum! Definitely worth a try, I say!!

La Vie en May said...

Yum!!! I don't know if I would enjoy the fresh chopped onions on top (not an onion fan), but the curry and pork sounds SO GOOD!

May from La Vie en May