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Snack-food Review: Smith’s “Crispy Bacon” Potato Chips

It seems that someone at Smith’s has been reading my blog! It was only a month or so ago when I moaned about the lack of variety of crisps (potato chips) available in Australia when writing about the Walkers Crisps “Clash of the Comics” promotion in the UK, and now Smith’s have delivered two limited edition “flavours of the nation” – crispy bacon and lamb & mint. Those readers from the UK will be familiar with “smokey bacon” as a very common crisp flavour, much like cheese & onion or  “barbecue” here. When you open the crispy bacon packet, the smell is very reminiscent of smokey bacon although the taste is different, in a subtle way that I can’t really describe. They didn’t taste as strong as I expected given the smell, and I wonder if this flavour would be better suited to a thinner crisp (rather than crinkle cut)…

Fast Foods of the World: McDonald’s France with a side of Pizza Hut Japan

I realise that this series is fast becoming an encyclopedia of burgers – and that was never my intention – but McDonald’s is an easy target with its colourful and extensive history of regional variations. This is by no means a criticism, and is testament to McDonald’s willingness to adapt and innovate in order to continue its global success. In saying that, I touched on KFC Japan in an earlier post, and considered writing about Pizza Hut Japan, but it’s just so weird that there’s not enough hours in the day to do it justice. Check this out: It’s called the “Double Roll”, and takes the stuffed crust concept to extremes by filling it with what appear to be hot dogs, then throwing peas and corn over the top. It even comes with ketchup and maple syrup dipping sauces. Almost all of Pizza Hut Japan’s pizzas come with mayonnaise on…

America’s (the world’s?) best hot dog

I could start this post by moaning about how it’s impossible to get a decent hot dog in Australia, but even if anyone was listening no-one would do anything about it so I won’t bother. Anyway, just to make me insanely jealous & hungry (not necessarily in that order), the Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine teamed up with the guys from Serious Eats to choose America’s best hot dog from 64 candidates. Oh, what a onerous task. The winner? The thing of beauty pictured above (photo from Slashfood) is the “Depression-style” dog from Gene & Jude’s of Chicago, Illinois. This dog is topped with yellow American mustard, onion, sweet relish, hot “sport” peppers (small hot green peppers packed in vinegar) and french fries. The history of this hot dog stretches back to 1946, and Ketchup is strictly not allowed. Read more about Gene & Jude’s winning dog and the…

Fast Foods of the World: McDonald’s Prosperity Burger

It’s late Friday night and Chinese New Year is upon us, so what fast food snack would we indulge in but a McDonald’s Malaysia Prosperity Burger, featuring a beef or chicken patty with black pepper sauce and crunchy onions. Introduced in 1994, these burgers are made available every year for a limited time over the New Year period, and apparently they’re quite tasty but relatively expensive. Feeling doubly prosperous? – go for a double patty (but not one of each it seems…)  You can get some free Post-It notes while you’re at it. The Orange Dream McFlurry sounds right up my street – I’m one of those odd people who likes to mix citrus and dairy. This photo of the real thing doesn’t do much for my appetite, however…maybe I’ll just go to bed instead.

Fast Foods of the World: Walkers Crisps “Clash of the Comics”

I moved to Australia from England at the age of 8 – nearly 30 years ago – but one thing I never stopped missing is English crisps. Not only are Australian crisps texturally dull, we don’t get much variety in terms of flavours – salted, cheese & onion, salt & vinegar, “chicken”, barbecue – does anyone actually know what a barbecue tastes like? – and variants thereof. As I’ve mentioned here before, Australia’s relatively small population means that we don’t get as great a variety of consumer goods as some countries. Over the years the importing of English crisps (and other essentials, such as Marmite and Pot Noodle) has become more common. To this day, specialty English food shops lay in wait with bare shelves until the containers arrive and carry stock for as long as it takes for those in the know to get there and strip the place…

Fast Foods of the World: The Windows 7 Whopper

In Australia (and even more so here in Perth) we have a relatively small population for our geographical size, which means that we don’t get as much variety in our consumer goods as in many parts of the world – and that extends to fast foods. A quick burger? choose between McDonald’s or Burger King (known as Hungry Jacks here, but that’s another story). Diet Mountain Dew please. Sorry, what’s that? You get the picture. The major food blogs really rub it in at this time of year, with their annual roundups of “the best burgers in America” etc etc. Try compiling a list like that here. 30 ways to top a hotdog? It’s only behind closed doors that you dare move beyond burnt onions and tomato sauce. Of course we do get limited editions and new things on our menus – and I’m sure we’ll get to see some…