So the beer and coffee posts got me wondering, what kinds of fast food do people around the world really like? We all know McDonalds and KFC, but what about the more regional and local fat food places. Like, where should eat cheap food in London, Shanghai, Mumbai, or Dubai? These are the sorts of things only locals really know. Here are some of my favorites to get us started.
I’m from the American South originally, so the first place I have to mention is Bojangles:
This is a specialty biscuit place with bacon egg and cheese, country ham, fried chicken, berry biscuits, and GRAVY BISCUITS. Biscuits are the measure of a cook in the south, and this place has them NAILED. They actually have someone make them from scratch every morning starting at like 4am. It’s definitely worth a stop if you are in the south, and any southerner will RAVE about this place if you ask them.
The next place I love is Long John Silvers. It’s a fish and chips place that features “crispies” of fried batter with their fish and plenty of malt vinegar to go around. Brits will porbably turn up their nose to such a commercial fish and chips place, but it’s the best we can get in the US.
As you can tell, I’m pretty excited when I can find one, as they are not anywhere hear where I currently live.
You can see that round blob of fried goodness there on top. That’s a “hush puppy,” a distinctly southern American fired cornmeal ball, generally associated with less affluent populations post civil war, when the south could not access wheat as easily as it could corn (maize).
So what do you eat for fast food? It doesn’t have to be a “fast food restaurant” like these, it could be anything - street vendors, small shops, whatever people people in your area grab for a quick bite that does not cost a whole lot. I’m looking to put some foods on my list to find when I travel abroad.
Thanks for reading!