Here at The Daily Meal, we are constantly learning about new dishes around the world that we had no idea existed.Take “American fried rice,” which is not the fried rice in your take-out order but a special fried rice you can only find in Thailand. It’s “American” because the key ingredient is ketchup. That’s just one example. We looked through our lists of the world’s mashed potatoes, pizzas, brunch dishes, and more to select foods that are, quite literally, ethnically ambiguous.
1. Kedgeree (England)
Kedgeree is an Anglo-Indian dish that is almost a perfect blend of very Indian (rice and curry powder) and very British elements (haddock). Parsley, hard-boiled eggs, cream, and sultanas are usually added.
2. Banana Curry Pizza (Sweden)
It’s not Hawaii or India or a country in Africa that pairs bananas and curry, but Sweden. The Scandinavian nation loves this pizza for lunch or drunk munchies.
3. Girde Nan (China)
Girde nan are basically Chinese bagels. They’re similar to New York bagels except they do not have a hole in the center.
4. Dabeli (India)
Dabeli looks like something you might find at a dim sum lunch, but it is actually an Indian snack food from Gujarat. The potato patties are mashed with dabeli masala (chiles, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, and cumin), then served inside a bun with tamarind chutney, roasted peanuts, sev (crunchy chickpea noodles), and pomegranates.
5. Kaya Toast (Singapore)
These are not grilled cheese sandwiches, but kaya toast. Simple and sweet, kaya toast is warm bread slathered with creamy coconut jam that’s been infused with pandan leaves.