When abroad you learn to appreciate the things you have back at home. One of them for me is Belgian food: chocolates, waffles, our fries,… During last week’s #TTOT session on Twitter there was a question I hear all the time.
– @IsabellesTravel Are Belgian fries different to French fries then? Sorry in advance for my ignorance #ttot –
I have had this discussion about fries already on many occasions (not saying any names *cough*) and I thought it was time to set the record straight.
What`s the difference between French fries and Belgian fries?
My opinion, French fries are Belgian fries and something went wrong when naming them. But some people say French fries are the thinner version of fries. Belgian fries are cut thicker. As a matter of fact that`s one of the explanation I found in my research, the fries are cut “French” hence the name French fries.
Another explanation is that the term “French” was introduced when American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I, tasted Belgian fries, but called them French as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.
We can go on about whether they should be called Belgian or French fries, but one thing is for sure, we do love our fries in Belgium. You can find a “friterie” or “frituur” (a place where they only sell fries) in even the smallest town. They are served with a wide variety of sauces and snacks.
When visiting Belgium I would suggest trying our fries and judging yourself. I prefer having fries in a “frietzak”, a conic white piece of cardboard with sauce on top, Belgian style! You can also try our famous Moules & Frites and of course you shouldn`t forget about our waffles, chocolates …
For those of you who still doubt about the origin, even Wikipedia says under origin of French fries: Belgium. #justsaying And Wikipedia is always right…right?
Did you ever try Belgian fries? What did you think of them?
Still interested to learn more, then check out the “Frietmuseum” in Bruges, the only one in the world.