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7 gut-busting dishes from around the world

Feb. 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM ET

Foie gras poutine
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Foie gras poutine

Move over, America! After recently learning about the McDonald’s McRibster, served in Austria and featuring a deep-fried McRib, we take a look at other fatty indulgences eaten around the world.

Foie gras poutine: Montreal

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.

Flickr/roboppy
Flickr/roboppy

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.

Flickr/sunday driver
Flickr/sunday driver

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.

Courtesy of Heal Farm
Courtesy of Heal Farm

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?

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Flickr/meggomyeggo

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.)

 Courtesy of Wendy's Japan
Courtesy of Wendy's Japan

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.

Flickr/avlxyz
Flickr/avlxyz

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.

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