World’s Most Gut-Busting Meals Slideshow
February 24, 2012
Foie Gras Poutine: Montreal
At Montreal's beloved Au Pied de Cochon, already indulgent poutine gets another heaping helping of calories mixed with fat and guilt, in the form of foie gras. Foie gras poutine is just what it sounds like — crispy fries smothered with gravy and cheese curds, and topped with a rich slab of foie gras.
Hot Dog Wrapped in French Fries: Seoul, South Korea
This sounds more like county fair fare than something found in Seoul's Myeongdong food stalls. It is a hot dog covered in batter and a layer of french fries before it's all dipped in a fryer together and served on a stick.
Pai Gu Nian Gao: Shanghai
Pai Gu Nian Gao has been a favorite snack in Shanghai for more than 50 years. It's a deep-fried pork chop served with a sticky rice cake and smothered completely in gravy. One of the most famous restaurants serving this guilty pleasure is Xian De Lai on Yunnan Road.
True Love Roast: Heal Farm, Devon, England
Thanksgiving may not be an English holiday, but it seems that Heal Farm has trumped any home cook's turducken. In the True Love Roast, they actually say there is one bird included for each of the 12 days of Christmas. It starts on the outside with a turkey, stuffed inside with goose (filled with orange and walnut stuffing), chicken (with hazelnut and ginger), pheasant (juniper stuffing), Aylesbury duck (with sage and onion), Barbary duck (with Persian fruit stuffing), and Poussin and guinea fowl coated with parsley, lemon, and thyme. Then, there is a partridge and pigeon squab with more juniper stuffing, a Mallard duck layered with cranberry and lemon, and finally a boned quail with cranberry and orange relish. Now, how's that appetite doing?
Deep-Fried Pizza: Scotland
The Scots have a penchant for deep-frying things, from Mars Bars to ice cream, but it's deep-fried pizza that is a true Scottish specialty. Some are battered first, others are just dunked in hot oil and fried into submission, but they can all come as "suppers," which means served with fries. (Fries can either come on the side or… folded into the pizza.)
Foie Gras Burger: Tokyo
Wendy's is trying to make a splash in Japan, after shutting down their Tokyo shops in 2009 due to low sales numbers. So what did they introduce to their Japanese customers? The foie gras burger. It is a regular (square-shaped) Wendy's burger topped with small round slabs of foie gras and costs around $16.
Deep-Fried Ham Rolls in Condensed Milk: Kunming, China
We're not sure if the whole "salty sweet combination" excuse will work here. A restaurant in Kunming, China, created a dessert with sliced ham rolled in a sweet sugar dough and dunked in condensed milk before being deep-fried.
Crema de Vie: Cuba
Sort of like a Cuban eggnog, crema de vie (which means cream of life) is a thick and hyper-sweet drink made with condensed milk, sugar, rum, egg yolks, lemon rinds, and vanilla, and it's often served in shot glasses. It is a holiday drink that's commonly made at home with family members
Any dish whose base is a heaping pile of french fries is not bound to get healthier from there. Chorillana is a Chilean lunch dish that starts with a pile of fries and is topped with thick sliced sirloin steak, caramelized onions, and a fried egg.
Loukoumades are sort of the Greek answer to doughnuts — they're puffed up balls made of deep-fried pastry that's been soaked in sweet syrup, honey, and cinnamon, and they're often then served with a coating of powdered sugar.
Melkkos: South Africa
Melkkos is a traditional South African dessert with a custard-like texture and a reputation as indulgent rainy-day comfort food. At its most basic, it's just milk that is thickened and cooked with flour and butter. But most come with cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and other spices.