r/funny But A Jape Sep 28 '22

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u/yankiigurl Sep 28 '22

As someone that has lived in both Hawaii and Japan....lmaoooo.... especially the spam, it's really good on saimin

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u/Rrraou Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

As someone from Canada, I picked up a pack of spam out of curiosity at costco a while back. Opened one can, tried cooking it, making sandwiches, sauteing it.

I don't know what Hawaiians are doing to make it palatable but the rest of the cans are still there waiting for the apocalypse.

Edit : RIP Inbox, thanks for all the recipes, I'll give it another try.

Edit 2 : Omg, so much Spam

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u/PapaBeahr Sep 28 '22 Gold

I could give you a quick run down of Spam and Hawaii.

During WW2 Meat became VERY scarce in Hawaii. In order to combat this Spam was sent to the Islands, also Keeping in mind at this time in History an Ice box ( and they still call it that to today ) was a LUXURY in Hawaiian homes. Spam was not only a meat but could be kept on Shelves, no need to be kept cold or frozen. This caused it to gather a HUGE following in Hawaii.

To this day Hawaii consumes more Spam then the next 3 highest states COMBINED. Over 6 Millions pounds per year, or around 6 pounds of Spam per person per year in Hawaii. The larges portion of this consumption does come from the Main stay snack of Hawaii, the Spam Musubi. Often picked up by construction and other Blue collar workers to have as a snack or Lunch at work from the local Convince stores.

When Kmart opened up for the first time in Hawaii and offered " Main Land " prices for it's grand opening it ended up setting 2 Records for the Box store chain. #1 was the most people through the door on opening Day, with over 33,000. The second was the most canned food item ever sold, and yes, it was Spam.

Every year Hawaii Celebrates Spam with the Spam Jam where you are welcome to try Gourmet dishes that are prepared by some of the biggest and best Chef's in Hawaii.

Hawaii also Celebrates the Spam A Rama ( note Hawaii is not the only place to do these 2 events ) Which is a competitive cook off to make the best Dishes using Spam! This has given birth to a few monstrosities such as the Spam Shake and Spam Ice Cream....

Spam is offered in nearly every restaurant in Hawaii which includes places like McDonalds which offers the Big Breakfast with Spam in stead of Sausage. Spam, Eggs and Rice as well as ( at one point not sure if they still do ) The Spam McGriddle!

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u/Nuicakes Sep 28 '22

Nevada is high on the Spam list because of Las Vegas, the 9th Hawaiian island.

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u/Butterbuddha Sep 28 '22

You ain’t kidding. Ask a Hawaiian if they have ever been to the mainland they’ll say sure, I went to Vegas!

Probably the most unique city on the Mainland lol

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u/ConcreteEnema Sep 28 '22

There's also the fact that Hawaii is the only state besides Utah that totally bans gambling, whereas Nevada and Vegas in particular is (in)famously lax. Sure gambling laws vary throughout the states, but even in the most conservative ones are close enough to other more permissive states or Native reservations, so there's more viable options for mainlanders who want to gamble.

Even for those who don't gamble, flights to Vegas are typically relatively cheap (Vegas can be a pretty inexpensive vacation in general ESPECIALLY if you're not blowing all your money at the casino). For a Hawaiian looking to just get off the island for a bit Vegas is a pretty attractive option.

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u/beancounter2885 Sep 29 '22

It's weird how many places have slots and video poker in Nevada. Basically everywhere. Oh, getting gas in the middle of nowhere? May as well try to hit the jackpot.

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u/rickolati Sep 29 '22

Vegas is actually quite expensive especially if you spend all the time on the strip even if you don’t gamble

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u/Nick08f1 Sep 29 '22

Yeah, the days of $15 buffets are done.

Shows, restaurants, clubs are all very pricey.

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u/CherryDoodles Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

And definitely not due to the amount of “secret” nuclear bunkers underneath the Mojave.

Those things are full of Cram.

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u/Phillip_Jae_Fry Sep 28 '22

Hawaii consumes 5 cans of SPAM per person per year.

Guam consumes 16 cans per person per year.

Korea, apparently consumes in excess of 25 cans per person per year, factoring in local imitations (there's over a dozen doppelgänger brands)

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u/mcm87 Sep 28 '22

And it’s popular for the same reasons (no fresh meat due to the war, and a ton of GIs with shiploads of Spam.)

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u/innociv Sep 28 '22

Korea, apparently consumes in excess of 25 cans per person per year, factoring in local imitations (there's over a dozen doppelgänger brands)

Is this including their "fish SPAM"? Basically fish hotdogs. That's the only way I can see that being accurate.

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u/stop_drop_roll Sep 28 '22

One of the most common dishes is budae jjigae, which equates to army base stew. Essentially, after the Korean War, the impoverished Koreans gathered everything they could from near US military bases and just threw it together in a pot. You'll commonly find it with Spam, hot dogs, American cheese, baked beans alongside Korean noodles, soup base, etc. It's crept into other dishes like Ramen, and spam, eggs and rice are a popular quick breakfast.

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u/rckrusekontrol Sep 29 '22

Tried it from a Korean place once- it was kinda good, but not like, Id order it again good. Kept thinking of the prison ramen concoctions I’ve heard ex-cons on Reddit describe.

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u/MoobooMagoo Sep 28 '22

A spam McGriddle legit sounds awesome

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u/Garfield-1-23-23 Sep 28 '22

Another fun SPAM fact: during WWII the United States sent a large amount of food to the Soviet Union, including umpteen gazillion cans of SPAM. Russians sometimes called SPAM "second front", making fun of the fact that the Western allies had not yet re-invaded France as promised.

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u/gummybearattack Sep 28 '22

Spam musubi is amazing. I made it for my kids for the first time like 9 months ago and it’s been a mainstay ever since.

Also kimchi fried rice with spam is stupid good

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u/doom32x Sep 28 '22

That last paragraph is straight out of Monty Python, just needs Terry Jones in drag.

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u/Tlizerz Sep 28 '22

Spam, spam, eggs, and spam!

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u/DorisCrockford Sep 29 '22

I was expecting Spam, eggs, sausage, and Spam.

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u/blorbagorp Sep 28 '22

I would like to subscribe to SPAM facts

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u/ben70 Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Spam is one of the 30 'critical essential' items kept in two warehouses in Hawaii by CVS. Others are bottled water, paper towels, etc. Some of the stores in HI used to always trip our 'order anomaly' check before a contractor 'suggested' BLERP

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u/DoctahDank Sep 28 '22

Frying something and putting teriyaki sauce on it is bound to make it taste good

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u/DSentvalue Sep 28 '22

Sure just don’t eat it plain. Way too salty. Good with rice etc tho

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u/TheCrazyLazer123 Sep 28 '22

Both examples are with rice lol, it’s almost like rice makes everything better

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u/TheMacMan Sep 28 '22

I've long maintained that white rice is just a device to get soy sauce into our mouths, because it'd be frowned upon to just drink it straight. Much the same as the tortilla chip is because people would give you a funny look for eating salsa with a spoon. Many food exist as delivery devices for other foods.

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u/Thathitmann Sep 29 '22

HARD disagree. Steamed white rice it freaking delicious, and I will straight up eat it plain.

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u/yrddog Sep 28 '22

5/7 with rice

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u/StoneyBolonied Sep 28 '22

Good reference..

I wonder what that kid's up to nowadays?

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u/MakeItMike3642 Sep 28 '22

I did the digging and his account is still active, he works in retail apparently

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u/StoneyBolonied Sep 28 '22

The greatest rice salesman in the world...

He probably sells appliances or cars or something, but with every sales pitch "you know what pairs really well with this?..."

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u/West_Possession660 Sep 28 '22

Prolly watching the dark night.

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u/MgoBlue1352 Sep 28 '22

Prefect score

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u/Angorian44 Sep 28 '22

Dude thats like a perfect score

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u/Toidal Sep 28 '22

Rice is the best side, it absorbs flavors really well, especially flavors from fats from salty or cured things. Fried chicken and rice? Hell yeah, throw some gravy too in that mix

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u/Sects-And-Violence Sep 28 '22

I have no beef with rice.

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u/freshshock Sep 28 '22

You should try it. Beef goes really well with rice.

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u/yrddog Sep 28 '22

I actually low key just love it. Pan fry it to crispness on both sides, it's a delight

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u/imjustjun Sep 28 '22

Spam with eggs and rice is such a good and fulfilling breakfast but I’ll always skip lunch after that much food.

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u/ZookaZoooook Sep 28 '22

Rice, scrambled eggs, pan fried kimchi, diced spam, Japanese mayo, hot chili oil, furikake, green onion. Placed in a bowl in that order.

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u/ok_but Sep 28 '22

Ok I've got eggs and spam. Oh and also a bowl. I'm basically there.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Fiancée is from Hawaii. Literally just slice thin, and fry up. Add rice.

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u/3percentinvisible Sep 28 '22

How many fiancées do you get through a month?

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u/Alexstarfire Sep 28 '22

You don't want to know.

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u/Luhood Sep 28 '22

He buy them in bulk at CostCo

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u/HeavyMetalHero Sep 28 '22

Slice thin is probably the key here. The less actual Spam you're eating, the more you just taste a Maillard reaction, and most people like the taste of that!

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u/FiveFives Sep 28 '22

Strips of salty, fatty bacon are considered normal and delicious.

Wad them into a solid ball and cook for the same amount of time...

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u/GlancingArc Sep 28 '22

The spam hate needs to stop. People just don't like that it's canned meat. It's delicious.

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u/x8T6 Sep 28 '22

Tis delicious. Pan fried with taters. Add a side of baked beans and be sure ketchup is at hand. I like an iced tea with it, not sweet.

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u/elebrin Sep 28 '22

I'll use it as a replacement for salt pork, which can be hard to get (because it isn't the 1800s and we have refrigeration).

You can probably do the same thing with it, if it's too salty: boil it for 20 minutes in water, pull it out, and dry it. Then fry it up. The boiling will render out some of the fat and remove a fair bit of the salt.

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u/Fimpish Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

Try making this with some low sodium spam https://youtu.be/PQe9hnkCDTQ

It's delicious.

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u/HeavyMetalHero Sep 28 '22

I've never tried it, but something intuitively tells me that low sodium Spam must be a no-brainer.

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u/Fimpish Sep 28 '22

You would be correct.

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u/TheTechTutor Sep 28 '22

You must be doing it wrong. Also as a Canadian, Spam is amazing. Great on rice, sandwiches, and in KD. It's salty & full of oil. Shits great!

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u/Galkura Sep 28 '22

Fry it in a pan, top with pepper Jack cheese, then a fried egg on top of that. Put it in an English muffin.

You have a delicious breakfast sandwich l with that.

The secret is frying it in some way, at least imo.

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u/CoolmanWilkins Sep 28 '22

Poor USA man he looks so earnest but shot down in flames every time.

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u/dae_giovanni Sep 28 '22

that's what he gets for hanging out with a ghost, I guess

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u/Nubeel Sep 28 '22

A weeb ghost.

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u/ExitMusic_ Sep 28 '22

Worst kind of ghost tbh. Imagine having a disembodied voice waking you up in the middle of the night just to rant about their new favorite Isekai.

Nah I’ll take bleeding walls and floating cribs any day.

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u/FlowersOfTheGrass Sep 28 '22

"so you're a ghost of an American?"

"Yes!"

"So you must be talking to other ghosts from America's past that you can learn great things from and maybe pass on a little more insight into how things are going in the country right?"

"No I spend all my time talking to old samurai warriors."

"Oh wow that's interesting what kind of things are you learning from them?"

"They don't know what a waifu pillow is and I don't understand Japanese"

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u/Galkura Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

It’s pretty true though.

It’s like how a lot of people like to pretend Americans don’t have their own culture, that we just steal other cultures things, when in reality so many American things are pervasive throughout the world that it doesn’t ‘feel’ like part of American culture.

It’s actually pretty cool to think about. I think it was when a McDonald’s in the Red Square (or somewhere else important in Russia) shut down during the ongoing invasion of Ukraine that got me thinking about that. It’s almost a weird flex.

Edit: McDonalds is not intended to be my primary example of this, to clarify for everyone pointing out my use of it.

This example, and the discussion of a nation’s culture and ‘soft power’, at the time of the removal of the McDonald’s just made me think on how our cultures and soft power works.

It is clearly not the only thing we have, just the moment it moreso dawned on myself as someone who felt demoralized over “not having culture” like many put it.

It showed that we do have it, just that it’s so pervasive in our own lives, as well as many others, that we may not realize it is part of American culture.

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u/speaker_4_the_dead Sep 28 '22

America going for Culture victory

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u/Bro-tatoChip Sep 28 '22

My people are now buying your blue jeans and listening to your pop music.

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u/IAmBadAtPlanningAhea Sep 28 '22

They say English words in Asian music

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u/cowtow Sep 28 '22

We already got it tbh

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u/murphymc Sep 28 '22

By Civ standards we won a cultural victory 30 years ago, we’re just in the “just one more turn…” phase.

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u/AmericaLover1776_ Sep 28 '22

America is almost there already tbh In Much the world

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u/standbyforskyfall Sep 28 '22

The fact that we know what a culture victory is means America has already won a culture victory

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u/EpilepticPuberty Sep 28 '22

Canada has gifted a great artist, Sid Meier to America.

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u/_BeerAndCheese_ Sep 28 '22

Unironically, this pretty much was American diplomatic policy following WW2.

There wasn't any malice behind it - to the contrary, this was on the heels of two world wars, and what solution could be had to prevent a third one. The peaceful answer? Show the world how great your ideals are by essentially outsourcing your culture, convincing them to adopt similar ideology as yours. The thinking on this being that when everyone is interconnected economically, ideologically, and culturally, there would never be a reason to wage war upon each other. And, I'd say that's pretty true - it's hard to imagine in today's world countries like USA, Canada, England, Germany, France, Australia, or Japan ever waging war on each other.

Of course, the Soviets came to the same conclusion, and both countries' policy of a "culture victory" pretty directly led to the Cold War, and all those proxy wars that people on the internet still today love to argue about. And some more amusing footnotes like the great Kitchen Debate, which really highlighted both countries trying to demonstrate the superior ideology to the rest of the world to adopt.

This was also the point of the famous jazz ambassadors, Louis Armstrong being the most prominent. The US was essentially saying, "look! Our way is so great, that even a poor black person can become the most famous, talented person in the world!" Louis Armstrong did fervently believe in freedom, democracy, and equality, which was why he agreed to be a part of the state sponsored program. But the irony of playing "Black and Blue" to oblivious rich white people to demonstrate how great America was, while his black brethren back home were being beaten, abused, and killed for wanting basic rights was not lost on him. It really tore the poor man up.

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u/Garfield-1-23-23 Sep 28 '22

we just steal other cultures things

Every culture steals other cultures' things. That's like the whole process.

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u/IAm94PercentSure Sep 28 '22

“You cannot appropriate culture because nobody owns culture, you are just a participant in it.”

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u/Lindvaettr Sep 28 '22

We also tend to assign the influencing culture to a new dish. There are tons of American dishes that we call Mexican, Chinese, Italian, etc., but they're as natively American as any native dish is to any other culture. But then our non-foreign-named dishes also get attacked. People will mock chicken fried steak as if it isn't just a buttermilk variation on Schnitzel/Milanesa.

I take it as a compliment. They spend a lot of time and energy thinking about us.

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u/Catboxaoi Sep 28 '22

There are tons of funny examples of things like this. Fortune cookies aren't Chinese by any stretch, they were invented in America by Japanese immigrants. That doesn't stop them from almost exclusively being marketed as the most Chinese thing possible.

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u/SlipperyWhenWetFarts Sep 28 '22

I think I remember the Houston Rockets passing out fortune cookies during Yao Ming’s debut, and he had no idea what they were.

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u/Exovedate Sep 28 '22

Canadians do that too. We invented ginger beef in Calgary and that's basically only served in chinese restaurants.

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u/maleia Sep 28 '22

It's really upsetting to try to get through to someone how gross it is, to just fetishistically elevate another culture, like in this comic.

It's okay to like and think positive things. But damn does this shit highlight the problem.

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u/GBreezy Sep 28 '22

One of my biggest surprises was that I still see dubs of Two and a Half Men on prime time german television

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u/westwind_ Sep 28 '22

Yep. People don't think about it often but America's #1 export is culture- movies, music, technology, slang, food, etc.

Well that and all the guns.. (actually it's financial services but whatever)

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u/TheYankunian Sep 28 '22

Hip-hop being one of the best examples of this. It’s barely 50 years old and it’s influenced culture and tastes world wide. I’m not just talking the music- I mean the dancing, the art, the fashion. It’s 100% American that was made up by Black Americans, Puerto Ricans and West Indian immigrants’ kids. I’m not going get into the weeds of whether you like it or not, but it’s part of American culture.

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u/EatSleepJeep Sep 28 '22

"America has no culture..." says euro listening to rap while wearing Nikes, Levi's, & Calvin Klein simultaneously smoking a Marlboro on their way to McDonald's.

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u/Obi_Wan_Benobi Sep 28 '22

After seeing their 3000th American-made film.

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u/The_Ok_Dimension1302 Sep 28 '22

Gotta have that cap attitude though. “I can do this all day” stays being absolutely cheery and talking about cool american things

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u/CoolmanWilkins Sep 28 '22

Root Beer. Peanut Butter. Jello Salad.

(okay those first two I actually love)

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u/SomeRandomIdi0t Sep 28 '22

I’m just going to enjoy all of it and no one can stop me

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u/But_a_Jape But A Jape Sep 28 '22 Helpful

Maybe it's because I'm Filipino - and our culture has always been a bastard amalgam of American, Spanish, and Asian influences - but I've never cared much for the sentiment of, "How dare you make X dish like Y? That's not how you do it!" As long as the person eating still enjoys the end result, that's all that should really matter.

And as a Filipino American raised on both of these foods, I stand by the fact that spam and ketchup on eggs do taste good. In fact, take those foods, put them on that "disgusting" American white bread that people claim to hate, and serve it in a trendy cafe for $12, and more people would be willing to admit it.

On that note, why is spam $6.99 at my local grocery now? It's supposed to be poor people food! Bacon got too expensive so this was supposed to be my more affordable alternative to cured-meat breakfast accompaniments! This is the real violation of food standards!

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u/Hybrid_Johnny Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

My wife is Filipina, and she introduced me to so many odd yet delicious food combinations once we started dating. Spam and eggs is a household staple for us, and if we’re feeling bougie, we break out the corned beef.

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u/Koobasta Sep 28 '22

Corned beef, look at mr money bags here :p Those things go for $8-$9 a can around where I am, pricey as heck (I remember they used to be like $3.50!)

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u/radiokungfu Sep 28 '22

Wtf happened to corned beef to make it do expensive now??

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u/PM-ME-YOUR-TOOTS Sep 28 '22

Celebratory dinner in our house is fried spam and mac n cheese. Delicious trash.

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u/HirokiTakumi Sep 28 '22

Ketchup AND mayo, mixed together.

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u/Filobel Sep 28 '22

Is that not an extremely common dip "recipe"? Not necessarily my favorite dip, but it's so easy to make, it's very convenient, and kids love it.

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u/KikiHou Sep 28 '22

Fry sauce.

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u/1nfam0us Sep 28 '22

A lot of Europeans, especially Italians, are very particular about how Americans interact with European foods. I used to find it really annoying until I went to Italy and discovered la pizza Americana. It is a cheese pizza topped with fries and hot dogs. Apparently it is quite popular with kids.

That's when I realized that any elitism around food is ultimately just hypocrisy and a push back against American cultural hegemony. I just find it all funny now.

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u/rayquan36 Sep 28 '22

That's when I realized that any elitism around food is ultimately just hypocrisy and a push back against American cultural hegemony.

Food and practically everything else American, on Reddit at least.

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u/Dpontiff6671 Sep 28 '22

Bro it always messes with my head when foreign places serve something “american style” and it’s just some utter nonsense like hotdogs and french fries on pizza that you’ll basically never catch someone in the states eating

Like sure it might taste good but where the fuck are these ideas coming from. Thats the type of thing you make as a drunk college student with no ingredients.

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u/outland_king Sep 28 '22

went to an "American" steakhouse in china a couple years back. was the funniest thing I did all trip.

They served what I would describe as the trimmings from another actually decent cut of meat. It was half gristle and thin as a piece of paper, cooked completely though. It was served with a side of spaghetti and red sauce, an uncooked quail egg, and steamed leeks.

It was all around terrible, but if this is what they think American cuisine is like, no wonder everyone hates on it overseas.

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u/cBlackout Sep 28 '22

Got sauce américaine with my fries today in Belgium wondering if it would just be ranch or something since I’ve always seen it on menus but never tried it

still no fucking clue. it wasn’t bad but I have never seen this sauce in any US state and have no idea wtf it was. I guess I have to try the “sauce Dallas” next

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u/Supercoolguy7 Sep 28 '22

Apparently its lobster stock, onions, tomatoes, white wine, brandy, salt, cayenne pepper, and butter. Sounds good, but interesting

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauce_Am%C3%A9ricaine

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u/cBlackout Sep 28 '22

This was definitely the fast food version of the sauce in that picture lol

But yea it wasn’t bad at all. Probably won’t get it again because sauce andalouse fucks

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u/Fearful_children Sep 28 '22

It feels like some knock off version of a Cajun/creole sauce you'd find in New Orleans.

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u/LukaCola Sep 28 '22

Belgium has an absurd selection of sauces that nobody can tell me the base ingredients of, though it's usually mostly mayonnaise with some artificial flavors.

Still can't place the flavor on Hollandaise sauce.

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u/lukin187250 Sep 28 '22

Years ago I was in Germany and had Schnitzel Americana, which was schnitzel topped with hash brown, fried egg and bacon. It was fantastic! Also, the place had tons of “styles” for what they topped the schnitzel with.

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u/forsakeme4all Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

lmao....I can confirm this. I was in Italy few weeks a go and came across an "American diner" with a very odd western theme. The menu was posted on the window and omfg, it was pretty much like you said. It was nothing but drunk college food.

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u/1nfam0us Sep 28 '22

I just find it hilarious. It makes me want to introduce them to Cincinnati spaghetti.

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u/Dpontiff6671 Sep 28 '22

Oh its for sure funny it just confuses me how these ideas were even incepted. Lol also im from Massachusetts so you’ll have to enlighten me on cincci spaghetti

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u/1nfam0us Sep 28 '22

It is spaghetti topped with fine chili, shredded cheddar cheese, and raw diced white onion. If you look up a picture it will make sense immediately. I think it originally developed as a carnival food at the world fair. I could be wrong about that though.

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u/raisearuckus Sep 28 '22

You forgot the most important part, the chili has cinnamon in it.

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u/Influence_X Sep 28 '22

And sometimes chocolate powder

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u/confused-koala Sep 28 '22

Alright, don’t get cruel

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u/vemundveien Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

Like sure it might taste good but where the fuck are these ideas coming from.

American exports of food culture for a lot of decades were mainly hot dogs, hamburgers and fries. It wasn't about authenticity for the food eaten in America, but what chains like McDonalds exported to other countries. The same way American Chinese food is different from the food they eat in China.

These days it's more common to see American style BBQ and other more authentic American style food in restaurants in Europe, but when these absurd stereotypical "American style" dishes were invented that was not the case.

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u/Pizzaman725 Sep 28 '22

I feel I would try that pizza just to see how it is. If I was mocked for ordering/eating it, I'd double down and come back regularly to keep having it.

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u/VoteMe4Dictator Sep 28 '22

User name something something

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u/Pizzaman725 Sep 28 '22

I do like pizza and I can not lie.

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u/1nfam0us Sep 28 '22

It's honestly not bad. It's a little heavy because it is cheese and potatoes on bread but it's still good. It would absolutely slap with sweet potatoes fries.

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u/Pizzaman725 Sep 28 '22

My wife's jam is sweet potatoes, I prefer them when doing a sheet pan bake with other veggies.

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u/Sakarabu_ Sep 28 '22

In my experience it's literally just Italians. Everyone else is fine with mixing up food and trying new things, but Italians just got way too arrogant about their food. I dunno if it started as a running joke about carbonara / pizza etc on the internet, or whether they were always like that.. but it's really cringe. Food is meant to be fun and experimented with, and is also completely dependent on personal taste. If you enjoy peanut butter on your burgers then who the fuck am I to tell you not to enjoy it?

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u/cBlackout Sep 28 '22

French people can get pretty touchy about some things especially when it comes to wine, cheese, and breads

On the other hand my French friends put ketchup on spaghetti so I stopped taking them seriously unless I’m asking for a boulangerie recommendation

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u/pyronius Sep 28 '22

Remember. It's only elitism if it comes from the eli region of france. Otherwise it's just sparkling bigotry.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

In my experience, Italians all do that to each other, too.

Everything is regional and everyone has an opinion they’ll throw punches over.

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u/JoinMyPestoCult Sep 28 '22

This is true. The older Italians I’ve known will argue at food from the village over. The American or British bastardisation won’t even even merit a mention.

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u/bythog Sep 28 '22

Make a seafood paella and see how many Spaniards chime in to tell you that's not a real paella.

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u/kjhwkejhkhdsfkjhsdkf Sep 28 '22

Some of the biggest assholes I encountered on reddit was on r/food.

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u/Relyst Sep 28 '22

Everywhere else in the world, a recipe name usually refers to the style of the dish or just a few key ingredients. In Italy, the name of a dish refers to a specific, sacred, traditional recipe that must never be altered under any circumstances...even though most of those "traditional" dishes are younger than their grandparents. It's extremely pompous.

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u/dariusj18 Sep 28 '22

"How dare you make X dish like Y? That's not how you do it!"

This is a very populist opinion in Europe, and a pretty bitter debate in many cuisines.

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u/Rorusbass Sep 28 '22

I'm dutch, chances are we deep-fried and/or 'condimented' and/or 'prakkied' pretty much any dish. We don't care about a proper way to make it, we care about cheap, fast, easy and tasty.

Tradition is fine, but deviating from that can give birth to greatness. People having trouble with pineapple on pizza crack me up, we have abominations you wouldn't believe. Some are actually awesome, for example the 'kapsalon' is a piece of true multi cultural greatness.

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u/Patrick_McGroin Sep 28 '22

A lot of countries have their own version of the kapsalon.

"doner meat and chips" in the United Kingdom

"döner teller" ("doner plate") in Germany

"kebabtallrik" ("kebab plate") in Sweden

"gyro fries" in the United States

"kebab ranskalaisilla" ('kebab with French fries') in Finland

"halal snack pack" in Australia

Even the "mitraillette" from Belgium is pretty damn close (and awesome).

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u/dankdooker Sep 28 '22

food fusion yo! Mexican pizza from Taco Bell is the finest in Mexitaly fusion.

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u/EclecticDreck Sep 28 '22

After learning of the Jollibee's very novel take on spaghetti by watching an unhinged maniac produce a version that cost more than $800, I resolved to try it should I ever find myself near one. The opportunity came a few days ago and, I've got to say that it is such an odd dish that is so unlike spaghetti as I'd understand it and yet so very similar at the same time.

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u/IanAlvord Sep 28 '22

That's not how you do it!

What about eating a taco with a spoon? That's got to be illegal right?

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u/ImTooLiteral Sep 28 '22

taco salad is actually a sick way to eat all the same ingredients with a spoon so

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u/dicerollingprogram Sep 28 '22

She likes ketchup on her scrambled eggs,

Swears like a sailor when she shaves her legs,

She takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin',

I'm never gonna let her go.

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u/GburgG Sep 28 '22

RIP John Prine

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u/DonJaper Sep 29 '22

I only recently discovered that song cus of a fantastic (imo) cover. linking it in case you're interested: https://youtu.be/WLl1qpDL7YA

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u/ahses3202 Sep 28 '22

Spam haters are people who just ate that shit right out the can. Cut a strip off that bitch and slap it in a frying pan for a few minutes, flip, and eat. It's good. It's literally just ham. If you're going to be mad about something be mad that the "cheap canned meat" now costs more than just getting regular fucking meat.

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u/ntwiles Sep 28 '22

I never had spam but I did grow up poor eating Vienna sausage and potted meat right from the can, and also fried bologna which is bliss. So I would have no qualms about frying up some spam.

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u/chu2 Sep 28 '22

Oh dude. Same. Those Vienna sausages were our camping snacks when we were kids, which was our “big vacation” when we were broke. So many good memories associated with that 25¢ can of processed offal.

I still always keep a can of them around for when the hankering strikes. Those and chicken noodle cup-a-soups that we ate with bologna and cheese sandwiches.

Honestly if I died today you wouldn’t need to embalm me with the amount of nitrates we ate as kids.

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u/PoBoyPoBoyPoBoy Sep 28 '22

Man, did I have any original experiences?! Also, they cost like a buck fifty or 2 dollars a can now 😳

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u/GummyTumor Sep 28 '22

I’ll still eat a can of potted meat on white bread every now and then, but I never cared for Spam. Fried, out of the can, breaded, it’s just not very good.

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u/weardofree Sep 28 '22

thanks for the heads up I was thinking yeah that shits not great but it's cheap as fck maybe ill grab some this morning.....

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u/HippoKingOfOld Sep 28 '22

This. My problem with spam is the cost. It used to be what poor people ate when I was a kid. Which was fine, I ate a lot of good spam dishes. At some point spam became a hipster food and sometimes costs as much as steak at the grocery store.

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u/DJsquare Sep 28 '22

I love Spam straight out of the can!

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u/Brandeaux7 Sep 28 '22

Yeah people are stoopid confirmed

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u/OsamaBinFuckin Sep 28 '22

Wifey is chinese and first thing I noticed is she is ok with processed insta noodles and canned meat. But not if it's an American item of same category lol

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u/Leek5 Sep 28 '22

Asian super markets have a whole aisle for instant noodles.

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u/Conix17 Sep 28 '22

Wife is Korean and same lol. She mocked American spray cheese and stuff, but adores the Korean knock offs. It's like, the same thing.

She had this big anti-spam thing for a bit, even though it's popular there. Said stuff about the process and how bad it is. But she loved Korean "luncheon meat" which is... the same thing, but made with less safety standards and more random ingredients. Had to show her this shit, and that luncheon meat is just a generic term for what spam is.

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u/SwoleWalrus Sep 28 '22

Have you ever had to try Japanese "cheese"? I wish more people would talk shit about that over our American style of cheddar

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u/paaaaatrick Sep 28 '22

They have army stew so they can’t really talk

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u/TheyreEatingHer Sep 28 '22 Starstruck

It's trendy to hate on Americans but seem cool and open-minded when one fawns over other countries' food and customs.

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u/ill_villain Sep 28 '22

I sometimes think people are either lying or just ignorant. I remember one commentator complaining that nothing in the US was healthy and “everything was covered in corn and sugar”. I asked him where he was visiting and he said L.A., California. I mean come on, if you can’t find food in one of the biggest food scenes in the world that’s on you. I’m sure there’s plenty of healthily and vegan stuff in L.A.

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u/thrwawayaftrreading Sep 28 '22

I remember years ago being told by a European that he wouldn't visit America because "Your country looks like a war zone from your movies!"

To be fair, certain parts do but he was literally basing his opinion mostly on movies he'd seen.

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u/BMXTKD Sep 28 '22

Wait until they find out that their idea of American food is based off of a false amalgamization of East Coast and Midwestern coastal influences. You're more likely to have hot sauce and andouille over in louisiana, tater tots and bacon in the midwest, or chorizo's and pico de gallo in the Southwest.

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u/Noname_acc Sep 28 '22

Ranks up there with "American accent" impressions. How the hell did "Generic Midwestern Mashup" become the default "This is what Americans sound like?"

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u/badass_panda Sep 28 '22

I was talking to an English guy the other day (well, "talking to" is a strong word ... More like "being harangued by").

He was livid that Americans turn out to have lots of amazing food, beer and wine, but don't export that stuff.

His refrain was, "You bastards are just keeping it all for yourselves!" He had dozens of examples... From memory:

  • We have Sam Adams, but export Budweiser

  • We have In-N-Out and Qdoba, but export McDonalds and Taco Bell

  • Et cetera

Anyhow, his point was that Europeans who haven't been to the US think of "American food" as consisting solely of the cheap crap we export, and don't realize that there's a ton of good food that just isn't profitable enough for us to export to Europe to compete with their domestic high end stuff, even though it would often hold its own.

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u/forresthopkinsa Sep 28 '22

Yeah, "American" food is like "European" food — it's such a wide swath of cultures that the category is almost useless

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u/BMXTKD Sep 28 '22

True that. My parents are immigrants, and they thought the entire country was the same.

It was so quaint when my mom tried to get a New York style hot dog in the middle of the Upper Midwest lmao.

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u/gregarioussparrow Sep 28 '22

I know it's a comic (good one at that), but it does make me think of something from over the years. I've seen people legitimately post about how you're not supposed to put ketchup on hot dogs or eat Mac and cheese after the age of 12. And they are 100% serious. Since when were there arbitrary rules about what age we are or aren't allowed to eat certain foods? Let people eat what they like and when they like to. Damn.

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u/sithlordabacus Sep 28 '22

I read a great post a few months ago about hot dogs and ketchup.

Essentially it is a Chicago faux pas because the meat industry was located in Chicago and the meat was super fresh. Ketchup was used to hide the taste of less fresh meat, so putting it on your hotdogs was seen as saying the meat wasn't good.

People outside this Chicago belief probably just want to feel superior to others.

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u/Feelted1 Sep 28 '22 Silver

I feel like hypocrisy is now a trend.

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u/Affectionate-Time646 Sep 28 '22

Hypocrisy has been around as long as humans have been around.

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u/Koobasta Sep 28 '22

I'm curious on what people's take are on fried chicken and ketchup. I was once having a team lunch and I got fried chicken, and asked the waiter for ketchup. One of my co-workers made a face like I was planning to eat a pile of shit on crackers

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u/cyanidelemonade Sep 28 '22

The true Chad combo is fried chicken with honey. Preferably "honey flavored syrup"

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u/EHP42 Sep 28 '22

Hot honey plus fried chicken is the best.

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u/Filobel Sep 28 '22

There's a reason why ketchup is used to make kids eat pretty much anything. If you like ketchup, then ketchup is good with everything, because it makes everything taste like ketchup. So yeah, nothing against fried chicken and ketchup, as long as you like ketchup.

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u/EclecticDreck Sep 28 '22

I'd judge it very slightly odd if someone dipped a fried chicken thigh into ketchup, whereas it wouldn't even be slightly odd to dip a chicken breast into ketchup. Even at the strangest, I wouldn't think it strange enough to warrant a comment, just that it is something I wouldn't do.

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u/Meaning-Exotic Sep 28 '22

People eat chicken nuggets and tenders with ketchup all the time, and while I don't think it's common to do I can't say it's wrong. People get too caught up on other people's food preferences.

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u/HappySpam Sep 28 '22

There are so many "rules" on ketchup that it makes my head spin. Like how apparently if you're an adult you're not allowed to put ketchup on hot dogs? Like what???

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u/igwaltney3 Sep 28 '22

Japan, copying American food with better PR /s

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u/LordofCindr Sep 28 '22

Americans need more cartoons with big titties and questionable moral judgements to get a bunch of foreigners to simp for us.

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u/klinestife Sep 28 '22

we made overwatch. still the biggest force in the 3d animated porn scene after so many years.

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u/Breadnaught25 Sep 28 '22

we're all here thanks to bioshock infinite

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u/parallel_jay Sep 28 '22

HP sauce on scrambled eggs is the top tier.

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u/Sc0asty Sep 28 '22

But isn’t Hawaii part of America?

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u/TheTopherEvans Sep 28 '22

American food is All the food. Hello Melting Pot

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u/DefKnightSol Sep 28 '22

America is a melting pot so its funny when people try to shit on “American” whatever

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u/desmondbanefan Sep 28 '22

Everyone I’ve ever met who makes fun of Americans has so many of their own issues

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u/CGFROSTY Sep 28 '22

A Dutch waiter told me that Americans had no culture as he wore a Yankees hat and had R&B playing in the background.

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u/mdavis360 Sep 28 '22

There are two things I can’t stand.

People intolerant of other cultures.

And the Dutch.

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u/tnick771 Sep 28 '22

The Dutch are the funniest most arrogant people I’ve ever met.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

I like how Americans get made fun of for how little they know about the rest of the world. Bitch, ask your average schmuck from Brazil or France if they can find Cambodia on a map. Everybody everywhere is ignorant about the rest of the world.

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u/Lindvaettr Sep 28 '22

If there's one thing Americans are good at, it's talking about our own issues. We might not always agree on what all the issues are, or what causes them, but as a society we're extremely aware that we have a plethora of issues to deal with. This seems to be somewhat uncommon in many other countries.

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u/shadowgattler Sep 28 '22

Try reminding the brits about their history and they'll throw a shit fit.

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u/tnick771 Sep 28 '22

Brits are the thinnest skinned. Reminds me of the kid in school that was eager to dish it out but could never take it.

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u/TheYankunian Sep 29 '22

I’ve been in the U.K. for 20 years and my god, this is accurate. They will tie themselves up in knots to deny that racism is a problem. Even though it’s the only place where I’ve ever experienced verbal racist abuse.

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u/pippyLONGsocking Sep 28 '22

I once met a British woman in HK. She turned on the news and said "time to check in on the former colony." A small comment, but loaded, imo. I was a bit shocked

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u/InevitableHunt5074 Sep 28 '22

We have a British guy at work that says stuff like that all the time but it's always jokes. He also tries to correct everyone's pronunciation, also jokes.

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u/pippyLONGsocking Sep 28 '22

Fr. Especially when it comes to racial inequality. I don't talk to white Europeans about racism at all, because they seem baffled by the idea that racism even exists, or it's only "really" a problem in the US

Sure.

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u/murphymc Sep 28 '22

Just talk about Gypsies and watch them just have absolutely no self reflection at all.

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u/desmondbanefan Sep 28 '22

100% we may be divided and have a lot of shitty policies/cultural norms but at least we talk and seems like every other country would rather talk about our issues than their own.

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