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Name the countries where these foods originated.
Not necessarily sovereign nations.
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Last updated: June 27, 2013
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Food
Country
Gazpacho
Spain
Burrito
Mexico
Wonton
China
Sauerbraten
Germany
Spanakopita
Greece
Plum Pudding
England
Bulgogi
Korea
Food
Country
Moules-frites
Belgium
Kebab
Iran
Falafel
Egypt
Jambalaya
United States
Sashimi
Japan
Sisig
Philippines
Pierogi
Poland
Food
Country
Shawarma
Turkey
Krapao Gai
Thailand
Paratha
India
Coffee
Ethiopia
Borscht
Ukraine
Kabsa
Arabia
Crêpe
France
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level 75
Jun 19, 2013
I've eaten all of these things before, often in the countries where they originated, or at least somewhere nearby.
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level 75
Jun 19, 2013
Burritos, gazpacho, and empanadas I've had at authentic ethnic restaurants in the USA or UK. Borscht I had in Poland where it's basically the same. Shawarma and Kebab I have eaten in Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. But all the rest of these I've sampled in their respective countries of origin...
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level 75
Jun 27, 2013
QM changed some of the answers so empanadas aren't on here anymore... and now there are a few things I've never tried before, as well. Never heard of Spanakopita or Moules-frites.. though I was able to guess where they were from just based on the sound.
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level 45
Sep 5, 2013
I thought the shawarma clue was a little misleading. I don't dispute that it originated in Turkey but it's not called shawarma there; in Turkey it's called doner kebab -- I know because that's how it's printed on the menu (if there is one) and I've eaten it there dozens of times.
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level 75
Sep 6, 2013
I think you may be right. The bias in my life experiences is shining through a bit. I've never been to Turkey but have spent a lot of time in Arab countries and in the USA where most restaurants call it shewarma.
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level 75
Jun 15, 2014
I love spanikopita - filo dough with spinach and feta cheese filling.
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level 75
Jun 16, 2014
Sounds very similar to something that is very popular here in Saudi, but that's not surprising as a lot of the popular food here comes from Turkey and Syria/Lebanon and those cuisines are very similar to Greek food.
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level 54
Apr 11, 2015
I've only heard doner kebab myself
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level 75
Jun 9, 2017
I've now had borscht in Ukraine, and doner kebab in Turkey, and spanakopita in Greece.
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level 75
Jul 25, 2013
Hope everyone enjoys the quiz. Click on my name to find many more that I've designed. Have fun and comment.
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level 75
Mar 14, 2014
hm... I never put any links on this quiz. I guess I'll at least throw this one out there, even though it's old hat by now:
Pork Loving Countries
Seems appropriate.
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level 44
Aug 4, 2013
12/21 i thought borscht was from russia
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level 54
Apr 11, 2015
I had thought it was stereotypically Polish due to polandball
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level 70
Sep 15, 2015
We think of it as being from the old "Russia", which was really the USSR; when the USSR broke up and became individual counties, some of the things we thought of as stereotypically Russian wound up being from one of the new small countries – for instance, apparently borscht! And I still can't get used to the fact that Minsk Is in Belarus. :-)
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level 32
Nov 11, 2013
Kebeb is definetely turkish. İ live in turkey!!!!!!
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level 75
Nov 11, 2013
The best way to get an unbiased perspective of where a food is from is always to go to some place claiming to have invented it and ask someone who lives there.
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level 23
Nov 24, 2013
I have to say, shawarma is Lebanese and kebab is Turkish. I come from turkey.
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level 75
Nov 24, 2013
merhaba
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level 44
Aug 1, 2014
Shawarma is different from doner kebab. each should have its own listing.
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level 75
Jun 9, 2017
only in some places. Mostly Europe, where they seem to think kebab and shawarma are served in different kinds of bread.
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level 75
Jun 15, 2017
Here in Canada, all shawarma restaurants are Lebanese. There's always Arabic writing (never Turkish), and sometimes a cedar tree for good measure.
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level 48
May 8, 2014
I love how when I typed in Iraq for the kebob question, I got credit for Iran (?!)
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level 75
May 9, 2014
At the point in history when kebab was first made, the political boundary between Iraq and Iran drawn by Europeans did not exist. They were both part of the Persian Empire and it is not clear where precisely the food was invented.
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level 71
Jan 3, 2015
Cool quiz. Thanks!
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level 22
Jan 19, 2015
18/21. Got tripped up on Arabia, Ethiopia, and India, but otherwise, I don't think I did too bad.
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level 66
Jun 14, 2015
Some of these were a surprise; I'd always thought kebabs were from Turkey and falafel were from Morocco :)
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level 80
Nov 16, 2015
I thought falafels were from Lebanon because the packet I have calls them Lebanese. I guess other varieties exist. (Yes, I got a packet thing, but they taste good so why not?)
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level 32
Jul 31, 2015
kebab is %100 turkish. its turkish no matter what you think.
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level 75
Jul 31, 2015
Sounds like an ironclad proof you've got there.
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level 32
Jul 31, 2015
and also you say shawarma is turkish but i havent heard such thing in my life
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level 75
Jul 31, 2015
If you are Turkish it's what you call doner kebab. Try visiting some other countries.
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level 75
Jul 31, 2015
or.. actually.. try visiting a few more places in your own. I remember seeing shawarma, by that name, being sold at 5M Migros food court in Antalya.
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level 80
Nov 16, 2015
Also need to learn that "US" is never the accepted answer even though it spells out "United States". In the abbreviation you need "America" too.
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level ∞
Nov 17, 2015
USA is an accepted type-in.
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level 64
Nov 26, 2015
there's a good song about STDs called moules frites by some Belgian guy
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level 61
Dec 12, 2015
There's no such country as "Arabia" unless you mean Saudi Arabia.
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level 24
Feb 9, 2019
they explain in the desc. that not all of these answers are sovereign states, but i think they meant Arab Nation because Arabia is not a country, nor a cultural nation
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level 68
Dec 25, 2015
Next time you compile a quiz maybe bring your own trumpet so you can give it a little toot
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level 34
Apr 8, 2016
Falafel is from Israel.
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level 38
Mar 18, 2019
^ I thought so as well, but apparently not.
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level 75
Jun 5, 2016
Fun quiz and I learned new things, even the second time I took it. Thanks.
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level 38
Oct 23, 2016
But Arabia is not a country?!
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level 75
Oct 23, 2016
read the caveats
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level 57
Feb 5, 2017
great quiz. thanks
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level 59
Jun 7, 2017
Bulgogi - oh yum yum yum! I could eat it forever!
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level 47
Jun 15, 2017
Just so we're clear, I work with immigrants from Mexico everyday and they would probably laugh at you for calling a burrito authentic. Think of it sort of like General Tso's chicken in an American Chinese restaurant. You could pick a much better example, like pozole or huaraches(the latter being very authentic as it can be traced back to the Aztecs).
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level 75
Jun 15, 2017
Why would you even think that makes it more "authentic?" People who lived in Mexico after the fall of the Aztec Empire are not authentic Mexicans? Wouldn't they actually be *more* authentic?? Since the country of Mexico did not exist at the time of the Aztecs? That's kind of beside the point anyway, as MesoAmericans have been wrapping food in tortilla shells since prehistory. Just so we're clear, I think your comment is silly. Tell your Mexican immigrant friends to do some reading on the subject sometime.
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level 42
Oct 8, 2017
ummm.... ?? while i appreciate your knowledge of history, i do wonder if some of the cultural elements elude you.
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level 75
Oct 8, 2017
Please educate us. I hope you've got a better source than "I know an immigrant."
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level 42
Oct 8, 2017
i'm with you. burritos are an american version of mexican food. spend enough time with immigrants & you know this.
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level 24
Jul 6, 2017
8% got sisig correctly I'm shocked
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level 38
Nov 30, 2018
This is really a great quiz! Corrected a few misconceptions. Thank you.
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level 43
Feb 14, 2019
Totally guessed on sisig. Still mostly ignorant, I should google it. Good quiz!
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level 43
Mar 17, 2019
thank you for giving me correct by guessing Yemen on Coffee
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level 33
Mar 18, 2019
Hm. I think this is very problematic for many of these answers (some are just fine), but I don't have enough knowledge of world food culture to actually argue.
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level 48
Mar 27, 2019
Falafel is 100% Lebanese!!
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level 75
Mar 27, 2019
You sound like you might be 100% Lebanese.