Fast Foods Gone Global: Asia Pictures

Local cultures influence flavors at American fast food chains throughout Asia, with menu items like McDonald's bulgogi burger in Seoul and Baskin Robbins’ kiwi sorbet in Japan.

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A crocodile's bite is 10 times more deadly than the bite of a great white shark. 960 1280

  

In Papua New Guinea, restaurants serve crocodile meat with turmeric to create a tasty stew. Some people believe eating croc meat can cure asthma. 960 1280

  

Monitor lizards grow up to 9 feet long. A single bite can cause an allergic reaction that could lead to death. 960 1280

  

A female monitor lizard can carry 30-40 eggs. The eggs are usually boiled in water and eaten as a treat in the Philippines. 960 1280

  

In the Philippines, monitor lizard meat is usually cooked with coconut milk and chili. Filipinos believe eating the meat can help treat heart and liver problems. 960 1280

  

In 2008, a small village in the Philippines became deathly ill after eating the cooked flesh from hawksbill turtles. The turtles eat a variety of toxic sea sponges. 960 1280

  

Despite the health hazards, several villagers continue to eat the meat from hawksbill turtles. 960 1280

  

In Thailand, a cane toad's skin is covered with alkaloid, a poisonous venom. The venom can enter the body through a cut or by eating the toxic critter. 960 1280

  

Cooks must be skilled to prepare a dish with poisonous cane toad as the main ingredient. In Thailand, some locals deep fry the toads in garlic. 960 1280

  

A Vietnamese man skins rats after boiling them in hot water. Rats can carry a bacterial infection called leptospirosis that can liver and kidney failure. 960 1280

  

Three thousand tons of rats are consumed in Vietnam each year. 960 1280

  

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Mikey Roe in the kitchen at Frank

Mikey Roe in the kitchen at Frank

Mikey Roe in the kitchen at Frank, home to "the ultimate trinity" of booze, bands and artisan sausages. 960 1280

  

Mikey talks to customers at Frank

Mikey talks to customers at Frank

Mikey talks to customers at Frank, where he's introduced to the Jackalope: custom-made antelope, rabbit and pork sausage, with cranberry compote, sriracha aioli and cheddar cheese. 960 1280

  

Chi'lantro's kimchi tacos

Chi'lantro's kimchi tacos

The food truck Chi'lantro's kimchi tacos are a big hit with Austin’s college scene. 960 1280

  

Chi'lantro's kimchi fries

Chi'lantro's kimchi fries

Chi'lantro's kimchi fries are the ultimate in late-night fusion food. 960 1280

  

Mikey talks to a customer at Sam's BBQ

Mikey talks to a customer at Sam's BBQ

Mikey talks to a customer at Sam's BBQ -- the go-to spot for late-night Texas barbecue. 960 1280

  

Mikey films outside of Sam's BBQ

Mikey films outside of Sam's BBQ

Mikey films outside of Sam's BBQ. The restaurant offers their succulent ribs and brisket until 3 a.m. 960 1280

  

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

This bridge in Austin is a well-known hangout spot where spectators gather to watch bats. 960 1280

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Mikey makes some friends in Austin

Mikey makes some friends in Austin

Mikey makes some friends as the sun rises in downtown Austin near the river. 960 1280

  

Mikey outside the Magnolia Café

Mikey outside the Magnolia Café

Mikey talks to a band outside of the 24-hour Magnolia Café, where musicians and roadies eat after their gigs wrap and the last amp is packed ... usually around 3 a.m. 960 1280

  

Mikey at Magnolia Café

Mikey at Magnolia Café

Mikey talks to a band at Magnolia Café, where even the employees are musicians. 960 1280

  

Mikey jams out with The G.O.A.T.

Mikey jams out with The G.O.A.T.

Mikey jams out with The G.O.A.T., a regular in Austin’s Dirty Sixth district. 960 1280

  

Miguel's Cuban Café food truck

Miguel's Cuban Café food truck

Mikey eats a Cubano at Miguel's Cuban Café food truck. 960 1280

  

Camp Washington Chili, Cincinnati, Ohio

Camp Washington Chili, Cincinnati, Ohio

At Camp Washington, skeptics convert to believers with their first bite of freshly made chili-covered spaghetti. 960 1280

  

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili isn't just limited to the bowl at Chili Addiction; it's also a great topper to burgers, hot dogs and fries. 960 1280

  

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Sprinfield, Illinois

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Sprinfield, Illinois

You can chow down on a chili-topped hot dog at Joe Rodgers’ Chili Den in Springfield, IL. 960 1280

  

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

In Seattle, the grunge capital of the world, you’ll know you’ve found paradise when you spot the Slim's Last Chance blue neon sign that reads “Cold Beer… Booze… Hot Chili.” 960 1280

  

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

To make sure their chili is the spiciest around, the Phoenix Saloon combines a variety of hot peppers into the mix. 960 1280

  

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Once the turkey and spices are cooked up, the cooks at Slim’s add homemade chicken broth and white beans. Then they let it simmer for an hour and a half – the finished product is a pot of chili gold. 960 1280

  

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Try “The Works” at Slim’s and a blowtorch will melt cheese over your chili, and then cover it with sweet onions, diced tomatoes, sour cream, tortilla chips, cilantro, chives and a roasted jalapeno. 960 1280

  

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Springfield, Illinois

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Springfield, Illinois

In 1993, the state legislature officially proclaimed Springfield "the Chili Capital of the Civilized World." If Springfield is the chili capital, then this stop along historic Route 66 is the capitol building - Joe Rogers' “The Den” Chili Parlor. 960 1280

  

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, TX

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, TX

During the Capital Challenge, in order to make sure all participants inhale the full 6 1/2 pounds, each portion is put on a scale at Texas Chili Parlor. 960 1280

  

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, TX

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, TX

The XXX Chili at Texas Chili Parlor is so hot, it comes with a release limiting the parlor’s liability if your mouth spontaneously combusts. 960 1280

  

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

“The Slinger” may not be haute cuisine, but served with a side of bread, you’re looking at all 4 food groups on a single plate. This is the breakfast … and lunch… of champions. 960 1280

  

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili Addiction’s ever-revolving selection of flavors will have you jonesing for your daily fix. 960 1280

  

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

For those craving something besides a bowlful, the Phoenix Saloon’s take on the chiliburger has the spice stuffed inside rather than slathered on top. 960 1280

  

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

Perched on the banks of the Mississippi in St. Louis, the Gateway to the West is also the gateway to this castle-themed time capsule in the heart of downtown - the White Knight Diner. 960 1280

  

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pan-fried chicken

pan-fried chicken

Did You Know? Fried food is so delicious partly because of 2 flavorsome reactions that occur on the surface of the food: carmelization and maillard reactions. In carmelization, heat converts any sugars on the surface of the food to a deep delicious brown caramel and in maillard reactions, heat causes hundreds of different flavor compounds to form, making a truly mouthwatering mouthful.

Dish 1: Pan-Fried Chicken
Where: Stroud’s, 5410 Northeast Oak Ridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119
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Round Rock Donuts

Round Rock Donuts

Did You Know? Donuts are said to have originated in 19th century Holland. Back then, they were sweet dough balls fried in pork fat called "oily cakes". Legend has it the modern doughnut was created in 1847 by a Maine sea captain who poked a hole in the middle to ensure even cooking and minimal grease.

Dish 2: Donuts
Where: Round Rock Donuts, 106 W Liberty, Round Rock, TX 78664
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Salty Dog

Salty Dog

Did You Know? Deep-frying cooks food faster than baking because oil conducts heat much better than the air in a convection oven. When done properly, frying steams food from the inside out, confining the oil to just the outer surface, producing a soft and moist inside with a crunchy outer shell.

Dish 3: Salty Dog
Where: Old Salty Dog, 1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Chuleta Can Can

Chuleta Can Can

Did You Know? Deep-frying dates back to ancient Rome. The Roman cookbook Apicius was said to have a deep-fried chicken recipe.

Dish 4: Chuleta Can Can
Where: Raices, Recinto Sur St #315, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Fried Catfish

Fried Catfish

Did You Know? In 1841, the first state fair was held in Syracuse, NY. Since then, these annual events have evolved from simple competitive exhibitions of livestock and baked goods to full-out festivals of family fun and golden fried wonders.

Dish 5: Fried Catfish
Where: California State Fair, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
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Deep-fried cheesecake

Deep-fried cheesecake

Dish 6: Deep-fried Cheesecake
Where: California State Fair
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Deep-fried Giant Twinkie

Deep-fried Giant Twinkie

Dish 7: Deep-fried Giant Twinkie
Where: California State Fair
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Twister Dog from Tornado Potato

Twister Dog from Tornado Potato

Dish 8: Twister Dog
Where: Tornado Potato at the California State Fair
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