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Iconic Fast Food Dishes - International Edition

Written By Radha Mathur 17 Mar 2023
Iconic Fast Food Dishes - International Edition

Fast food: It’s comforting, affordable, delicious, and, well, fast. Here in Canada, iconic dishes include everything from the Big Mac to the Whopper, to BFF’s classic burgers n’ fries. But, while you might have strong loyalties when it comes to local options, what do you know about go-tos beyond the True North? 

Ride on the fast food school bus (iykyk), and we’ll show you international favorites that’ll get you curious, hungry, and planning your next foodcation.

4 Must-Try Fast Food Dishes From Around the World

1. Japan - Gyudon

a bowl of rice with beef

Gyudon, or beef bowl, is the savory Japanese fast food you didn't know you needed. Imagine thinly sliced beef and onions– fried in a sweet and salty sauce made from soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar, and dashi– then piled high on a mountain of fluffy white rice. Top it off with an egg, some scallions, and a sprinkle of pickled ginger, and you’ve got yourself a one-way ticket to umami town. Don't forget the side of pickles and miso soup to complete the meal 🙌.

In Japan, beef bowl joints are as popular as burgers and fries in Canada. Sukiya and Yoshinoya are a couple of chains specializing in this mouth-watering dish. Trust us, one bite and you’ll be making plans for the next bowl.

2. South Korea - Chikin 

fried chicken

Fried chicken in Korea is called "치킨" (chikin) or "후라이드 치킨" (huraideu chikin) which is a loanword from English. Now, you might think of fried chicken as a Western dish, but it's become a staple in Korea too. Some say it was introduced during the Korean War when the U.S. military brought it over. But, by the 80s, Koreans had put their spin on it.

Korean fried chicken is all about the perfect balance of crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. And the seasoning? You've got no shortage of options: Soy garlic, spicy gochujang, honey mustard, BBQ– satisfy your spicy, sweet, and savory cravings. But don't forget the sidekick to your chicken, pickled radishes, and beer. Geonbae!

When it comes to chikin chains, BHC and Pelicana are two of the most popular spots in the country. Go get your chik-fix. 

3. United Kingdom - Sausage Roll

Listen up, mates! If you're ever strolling through the UK and feeling peckish, you have to try out some of their famous sausage rolls. These bad boys are made with a savory filling of sausage meat wrapped in flaky pastry, a match made in culinary heaven. 

Now, the classic sausage roll is seasoned with some top-notch spices like sage, thyme, and black pepper, and may even include other goodies like onions or breadcrumbs. But these days you can find all sorts of funky twists, like vegan sausage rolls, cheese and onion rolls, and even steak and cheese rolls. Your mouth is watering already, right?

And what's the perfect way to enjoy your sausage roll? With a healthy dollop of ketchup or brown sauce. The locals get their sausage roll fix from bakeries, cafes, and supermarkets - but if you really wanna hit up the holy grail of sausage rolls, you gotta head on over to Greggs. It's a bakery chain known for its delicious savory pastries and sandwiches.

4. Mexico - Tacos de Birria

Alright, let's taco ‘bout tacos de birria. Hailing from the state of Jalisco, these tacos are made with beef or goat stewed for hours in a magical blend of chilies and spices including cumin, oregano, and cloves. The result? Tender, flavorful meat shredded and served up on soft corn tortillas. Top it off with diced onions, cilantro, and lime juice for a rich and balanced flavor. Some variations  include melted cheese, avocado, and a side of birria broth for dipping.

So where can you find them in Mexico? Well, pretty much anywhere. These delicious tacos are a popular street food all over the country, with unique regional variations. Keep an eye out for birrierias, the restaurants and street vendors who specialize in this meaty masterpiece. But if you can't make it down south, fear not! BFF has put a North American twist on the Mexican classic with the Birria Duo: a burger and fries combo inspired by the rich flavors of birria.

And with that, we come to the end of our culinary world tour. Hopefully, we've given you some food for thought and some inspiration for your next fast food fix. Just remember, wherever you go, there's always a local fast food dish waiting to be discovered. And if you’re looking to switch it up in your hometown, look no further 🙋.

Your Friendly Canadian Fast Food Spot

Searching for the best burger in Toronto or Ottawa? We got you. BFF is serving up classic burgers n’ fries and internationally-inspired Duos you won't find elsewhere. So ditch those major chains and support a local favorite. 

We aren’t your typical burger restaurant. Our food helps to remove barriers and unite people from different backgrounds over memorable and nostalgic flavors. With quality ingredients and creative combos, we aim to be your (tastebuds’) BFF.  

P.S. Don’t forget to tag us in pics of your fave BFF meals @burgersnfriesforever.