Food Origins

Ever wondered where your favourite dish came from? The unexpected origins of these meals will leave you dazzled!

We typically associate food items with certain cuisines. Several of the following dishes mentioned below originated in places you may not associate them with today. However, across time, with the rich interaction of cultures through trade, we’ve all blended each other’s recipes. That’s clearly evident in these different delicacies, all of which came from places you couldn’t possibly predict.


While these glazed and sometimes over-the-top treats are common across the world, their history goes much further in time. It was actually the ancient Greeks who invented the first doughnuts, also known as LOUKOUMADES. They were originally given as a prize to the winners of the ancient Olympic Games, marking the food as a prized treat.


You can find this salad in many American Restaurants’ Menu Cards. But the dish’s origin falls outside of the country’s border. Italian-American Restauranter – Caesar Cardini, developed the recipe for this iconic dish in Tijuana, Mexico, where the salad first gained its popularity. It’s one of the greatest recipes to come out of America in the past century, that’s for sure! Just make sure to attribute Mexico as the true country where it came from.


It is difficult to truly pinpoint the origins of Mongolian BBQ, but it’s pretty obvious that it’s not of Mongolian origin. Many sources point to Taiwan as the original innovator of this style back in the 1950s. The name, “MONGOLIAN BBQ” may have been a marketing scheme cooked up by its inventors then. The food style appears to be a blend of Japanese Teppanyaki and Taiwanese stir-fry. Still, the true origins of the Mongolian BBQ appear to be at least partially unknown for the time being.


Evidence shows that the French Fries aren’t from France at all. Belgium appears to be the true home of these fries because of stories surrounding the origins. The Belgians would fry the potatoes to make the spud, an official cultural icon of Belgium, so we’ll just have to see if their claims prove to be true or not.


Think about pasta, you’ll almost immediately jump into the world of Italian food. Their pasta, however, actually descended from ancient Chinese Noodles. A major belief is that the recipe for the noodles was brought to Italy by Marco Polo, the famous explorer who travelled to China in the 14th century. From there, tonnes of variations of noodles have sprung up over the years, like the American spaghetti and meatballs and Greek Orzo. It’s China, however, that we have to thank for pasta becoming such a treasured starch staple around the world.