Foreigners Explain Which 'American' Foods They're Dying To Try

Burgers, fries, peanut butter. Apple pie, hot dogs, cheesesteaks. American food is a big part of our daily lives, but it's not normal for everybody around the globe.

When was the first time you tried sushi? Or the first time you had curry? Have you even been able to try escargot? The world is full of so many fascinating foods, and some of those foods are American--especially to non-Americans.

u/SheldonLewis354 asked:

People not from the USA, what "American" food are you most interested in trying?

Here were some of those answers.

A Little South In Your Mouth

Proper Jambalaya from Louisiana


Gumbo, jambalaya, and a real authentic muffaletta should be your top three. A GOOD shrimp po boy is a good one to add to the list as well.


The List Goes On And On

I really want to have some American pancakes with the bacon and maple syrup! I just recently discovered iHop is a pancake restaurant!!!! A restaurant......for pancakes?!!

Oh and a hotdog from New York street vendor with "everything".....whatever everything is and then a pretzel for later.

Some runners up that I'd like to try: twinkies, egg nog, Mac and cheese, a full thanksgiving dinner experience, key lime pie, pumpkin pie, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Mountain Dew


A Nommy Dessert

Pumpkin pie. I don't think I'd like it, but I'd like to try it.


It's my favorite pie! It has a pretty great flavor, just sweet enough with a nice soft texture. You absolutely have to put a dollop of whipped cream on top before eating though.


Have you ever even thought of living a life without these foods?

Variations On A Theme

A Philly cheesesteak.


Trust me, they are NOT all made alike


Word. As someone who lives in Philly, it's amazing to see what ends up being considered a "Philly Cheesesteak" on menus around the country lol. Even here in Philly we gatekeep what a legit cheesesteak is lmao.


A Smoky Lil Treat

Texas BBQ


Smoked brisket is insanely good when done well. I've just started smoking my own during covid (because why not?) and it is so yummy! Brisket Mac n Cheese was seriously unhealthy but phenomenal..


Uniquely Artery Clogging

Corndogs. I have never seen it in my country. I never got the chance to eat it when I was in the USA. So I really would like to try it.

Specially since I saw an episode of GMM where Rhett talks about how much he loves corndogs.


Combo Plate

One of those whole hog bbq pulled pork and slaw burgers


Yeah, that's definitely an eastern North Carolina meal.

Western NC does smoked pork shoulders (or Boston butts as some call them). Eastern NC is where the whole hog comes from - historically speaking, it's the oldest style of regional barbecue in the country, beating out the colonization of Texas by almost a century.


Are you getting hungry just reading this list?

They're After Me American Cereals

I was literally Googling American sugary cereals last night, making my mouth water.

All these amazing things my husband and I would love to try - Reese's Puffs, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch... What are they?! Must.... Taste.....!


Expanding On Fritos

I had Fritos once. OMG we have no equivalent. I don't know if they are illegal here or what but I could sense instant attraction pure nommynom.


Three words: Frito. Chili. Pie. It's just three basic ingredients: Bag of Fritos corn chips, a can of Hormel chili (or equivalent of homemade chili, which is better), and shredded cheddar cheese. Mix, bake at 350ºF for like 20 minutes or until everything is hot and the cheese has melted, serve. Top with salsa if you'd like.


Corn In A New Way


I've heard it mentioned in movies for years, and I've always wanted to try it.


Be aware that there are two distinct factions of grits:

Grits with butter, pepper, salt, and maybe cheese.

Grits with butter, brown sugar, and maybe honey or syrup.

If you go into it expecting one, but get the other, you'll be surprised. People will fight over which is better or 'the right way', despite the fact that they're both delicious. Personally, I mix it up, with butter, pepper, sugar, and honey. That way I'm always an outcast, but at least I have good food.


These foods are all staples of our diet, yet some people have yet to try them. Is there anything on this list you are dying to try?

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