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8 Baffled Foreigners Reveal The Weirdest American “Food” They’ve Seen

Some of the things Americans eat seem pretty disgusting to non-Americans…and here’s why.

by RJ. Wilson

Alex Zivatar

Ever try a spoonful of Marmite? How about a balut, which is a hard-boiled fertilized egg—complete with duck fetus? If so, you’re a braver American than most.

But in the UK, there’s nothing remarkable about a Marmite sandwich, and in the Philippines, you can grab tasty baluts from street carts on every corner.

Given how strong a typical American reaction might be to these foods, it shouldn’t surprise you that when folks from other countries come to the U.S. of A., they can be surprised—and grossed out—by all the foods dear old Mom used to make.

As an exercise in cultural hilarity, we asked a few non-U.S. citizens which American foods weird them out the most. Here are the dishes that they listed:

1. Biscuits and Gravy

Matt Hulland, who runs the website The Travel Blogs, is a Brit who lived in the U.S. for 4 years—plenty long enough to have some interesting food experiences. The first meal Hulland had a difficult time wrapping his head around was the classic Southern breakfast of biscuits and gravy.

“When you come from the UK, biscuits are something very different,” Hulland tells FashionBeans. “They are sweet, like cookies, so the thought of putting them with something called sausage gravy (to this day I am still not sure what that is) brings an instant reflux action.”

Actually, American (and Canadian) biscuits are quite different from British biscuits. The British biscuit is often served with tea, naturally.

The residents of the United Kingdom do know the word “cookie,” but they use it exclusively to refer to large, substantial cookies, especially of the chocolate chip variety.

Oh, and this isn’t restricted to the British, by the way; other Commonwealth nations also refer to American cookies as “biscuits.”

So, who’s right? Well, “biscuit” comes from a French word meaning “twice cooked,” referring to the original cooking process for savory breads, so it looks like the U.S. wins this time.

2. Chicken and Waffles

It’s a famous Southern dish that’s become popular across the country, but folks from across the pond find the idea of chicken and waffles unappetizing. Our source tried the concoction, and he gives his thoughts in the video below:

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