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The World's Most Gut-Busting Meals

Posted: 03/ 8/2012 9:25 am

America rarely makes it onto lists of the world's healthiest or fittest countries. We're known for Texas-sized portions and places like the Heart Attack Grill. But just because the deep-fried spotlight shines brightest on the United States doesn't mean that other countries are just sitting around drinking hot tea and eating leafy greens all day. Eye-bogglingly fattening foods seem to be somewhat of a universal language, with countries from Cuba to Canada and Scotland to South Africa dreaming up all kinds of calorie-laden indulgences (Photo Credit: Flickr/Sifu Renka).

Slideshow: World's Most Gut-Busting Meals

While Chinese food is one of the world's healthiest cuisines, that hasn't stopped them from dishing up deep-fried sweet rolls that are dunked in condensed milk or deep-fried pork chops smothered in gravy. Same goes for diners in Tokyo. Despite being exposed to  more Michelin-stars than any other city on earth, they can curb hunger pangs with a $16 foie gras burger. Even though it may sound like a stateside invention, deep-fried pizza didn't start in the U.S. -- it's a Scottish creation. The English are no strangers to guilty pleasure dishes, whether it's fish and chips or Shepherd's pie, but the True Love Roast at Heal Farm is practically virtuosic, cooking 12 birds together, one stuffed inside the other like poultry nesting dolls. It ultimately comes out to 50,000 calories and can serve 125 people.

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Of course, no one serves innovative gut-busting meals year after year quite like the stateside creators of deep-fried Coca-Cola, but it turns out the rest of the world is just as capable of clogging up arteries and packing in the calories as we are. Now we just have to learn that pesky lesson of everything in moderation. 

- Nicole Campoy-Leffler, The Daily Meal

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  • Foie Gras Poutine

    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. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>11 Chic and Affordable Beach Escapes</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/kev_walsh</strong></a>

  • 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. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>11 Ultra Gourmet Hotel Mini-Bars</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/roboppy</strong></a>

  • 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. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>9 Phrases Every Traveler Should Know</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/sunday driver</strong></a>

  • 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? <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Best Boutique Hotels in the Caribbean</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © Courtesy of Heal Farm

  • 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.) <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Best Happy Hours in Las Vegas</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/meggomyeggo</strong></a>

  • 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. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>6 Unique Cooking Classes Around the World</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © Courtesy of Wendy's Japan

  • 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. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Celebrities' Favorite Sun-Drenched Getaways</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/avlxyz</strong></a>

  • 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 <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>World's 8 Coldest Destinations</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/Jonathan Harford</strong></a>

  • Chorrillana: Chile

    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. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>America's Most Vegetarian-Friendly Cities</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/Magalie L'Abbé</strong></a>

  • Loukoumades: Greece

    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. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>America's Healthiest and Unhealthiest Airline Meals</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/GoSouthEast</strong></a>

  • 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. <em>More on The Daily Meal:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>How to Stay Healthy While Traveling</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/clkao</strong></a>


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