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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black bean soup

black bean soup

Year-round, but especially during the cold winter months, black bean soup is a must. El Azteca in Fort Wayne, IN, has been called “one of the best.” And when available as the soup of the day, we’d recommend Shanty Grille in Ellicott City, MD, and Back Porch restaurant on Ocracoke Island, NC. 960 1280

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butternut squash soup

butternut squash soup

A spicy, hearty and creamy butternut squash soup is always good. Next time you’re in Park City, UT, whether visiting family and friends, attending the Sundance Film Festival or having a ski adventure, hop over to Good Karma for their butternut squash soup. 960 1280

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minestrone soup

minestrone soup

A classic: minestrone soup. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones traveling to Indianapolis for the 2012 Super Bowl, head over to Iaria’s Italian Restaurant. Their traditional pasta dinners are all served with homemade minestrone soup and garden salad. 960 1280

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pumpkin soup

pumpkin soup

As soon as October is over, everyone’s mind jumps to Thanksgiving. And on a cold fall night, what better way to cap it off than with pumpkin soup? Next time you’re in Portland, OR, head over to The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar where they serve a 4-course feast during Thanksgiving, which includes pumpkin soup as the starter. 960 1280

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beef stew

beef stew

New England is no stranger to cold winter months, and when we need to warm up with a cup or bowl of beef stew, we head over to the New England Soup Factory in Brookline and Newton, MA. 960 1280

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meatball

meatball

Mmm… mamma mia! We love Italian meatball soup, especially made by Italians. Outside of Buffalo, NY, is Ilio DiPaolo’s. The DiPaolo family has been serving its customers authentic Italian cuisine since 1965. Buon appetito! 960 1280

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White bean soup

White bean soup

White bean soup is another classic, and Little Havana in NYC serves their soup with spicy Spanish chorizos. 960 1280

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gumbo stew

gumbo stew

Some would say that a trip to New Orleans isn’t complete until you’ve had gumbo and visited Cochon restaurant -- and they happen to make a mean gumbo. Delicious! 960 1280

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gazpacho

gazpacho

On warm days a classic gazpacho is almost necessary. In the city of brotherly love -- Philadelphia -- the authentic Spanish tapas restaurant Amada serves the tomato-based soup. 960 1280

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chicken noodle soup

chicken noodle soup

Who doesn’t love chicken noodle soup? Get this … Asian restaurants have reportedly perfected the art of making free-range chicken noodle soup (pho ga). So the next time you’re in San Francisco, head over to Hai Ky Mi Gia and try their take on chicken noodle soup. 960 1280

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tomato soup

tomato soup

A delicious tomato soup is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. At Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles, they serve a delicious and hearty tomato soup. And the best part is, their organic produce is provided by local farmers. 960 1280

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shrimp creole

shrimp creole

To get an authentic taste of New Orleans’ cuisine, in this case shrimp Creole, you don’t always have to visit the Big Easy. If you happen to be in Las Vegas, head over to Lola’s where the atmosphere is "100 percent New Orleans." 960 1280

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Chicken Tortilla soup

Chicken Tortilla soup

Need some spice in your life? What about this delicious chicken tortilla soup. In Austin, TX, Mesa Rosa is a favorite when craving the rich chicken stock with chunks of celery, carrots, corn and chicken garnished with avocado and Monterey Jack cheese. 960 1280

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potato bacon soup

potato bacon soup

Craving comfort food? You can’t go wrong with this rich and creamy potato bacon soup. At Conor O’Neills, order their take on the tradition with their potato leek soup, served with homemade Irish soda bread and butter. Conor’s has 2 locations: Ann Arbor, MI, and Boulder, CO. 960 1280

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cheddar brocolli soup

cheddar brocolli soup

Our final soup classic is broccoli and cheese. Everything tastes better with cheese, don’t you think? With 6 locations in Texas, Hoffbrau Steaks serves a creamy broccoli cheese jalapeno soup. Mmm … 960 1280

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chili

chili

Whether it’s served with or without beans, chili warms the heart and belly. Another American classic restaurant is Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Washington, DC, institution since 1958. The beef-filled, house-made chili sauce is delicious by itself or served as a decadent french-fry topping. 960 1280

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chowder

chowder

For a classic New England clam chowder, visit an American classic -- Union Oyster House in Boston -- America’s oldest restaurant, established in 1826. 960 1280

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Jethro's BBQ

Jethro's BBQ

Guests at Jethro's BBQ in Des Moines, IA, engage in the Adam Emmenecker Challenge. Those who scarf down the 5-lb. sandwich in less than 15 minutes join Jethro's Wall of Fame. 960 1280

  

Jethro's BBQ

Jethro's BBQ

Jethro's BBQ award-winning wings are smoked over oak and hickory wood for 2 hours before they are flash-fried for 15 seconds, giving them a crispy, hot taste. 960 1280

  

Salt Lick BBQ

Salt Lick BBQ

Located in the heart of Driftwood, TX, The Salt Lick is a meat eater's retreat for lip-smacking, rib-sticking and finger-licking barbecue. 960 1280

  

Salt Lick BBQ

Salt Lick BBQ

People come from all over the country to enjoy The Salt Lick's famed barbecue. 960 1280

  

Salt Lick BBQ

Salt Lick BBQ

The Salt Lick's sear-it, smoke-it and slow-cook-it tradition began in 1857 with owner Scott Roberts' great-grandparents Bettie and James Howard. 960 1280

  

barbecue

barbecue

In some parts of the country, barbecue meat has a dry rub. But in Texas, if you are going to have barbecue, you are going to get "sauced." 960 1280

  

Gus's Fried Chicken

Gus's Fried Chicken

At Gus's Fried Chicken in Memphis, TN, the batter is really thin and spicy so the skin gets really crispy, making it a little bit different from most fried chicken. 960 1280

  

Gus's Fried Chicken

Gus's Fried Chicken

This Memphis institution has been serving fried chicken since Gus's father Napoleon Vanderbilt opened the original restaurant more than half a century ago. 960 1280

  

Keens Steakhouse

Keens Steakhouse

One of America's Manliest Restaurants, Keens Steakhouse in NYC, is a throwback restaurant set against a Victorian backdrop with more than 125 years of history. 960 1280

  

Keens Restaurant in New York

Keens Restaurant in New York

This meaty mecca with mammoth proportions oozes masculinity. 960 1280

  

Keens Steakhouse

Keens Steakhouse

People ranging from Albert Einstein to Theodore Roosevelt would come to Keens Steakhouse and have a pipe with dinner. 960 1280

  

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El Toro tri-tip BBQ

El Toro tri-tip BBQ

Did You Know? The 2 hottest chilis in the world, the Naga Viper and Infinity chilli, were developed in England and are available as a sauces. England is now producing the hottest natural chilli sauces (without added pepper extract) available in the world.

Dish 1: El Toro
Where: Phil’s BBQ, 3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
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Fry Sauce” on Pastrami Double Crown Burger

Fry Sauce” on Pastrami Double Crown Burger

Did You Know? The oldest known condiment is garum, a sauce of fermented fish used by the ancient Romans.

Dish 2: "Fry Sauce" on Pastrami Double Crown Burger
Where: Crown Burgers, 377 East 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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Sicilian Pizza from Spumoni Garden

Sicilian Pizza from Spumoni Garden

Did You Know? Today, ketchup is one of the most popular condiments in the world. Americans buy over 175 billion bottles every year.

Dish 3: Sicilian Pizza
Where: L&B Spumoni Garden, 2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223
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Tiger Sauce on Pit Beef Sandwich

Tiger Sauce on Pit Beef Sandwich

Did You Know? Famous chef Julia Child once said "sauces are the splendor and the glory of cooking."

Dish 4: Tiger Sauce on Pit Beef Sandwich
Where: CHAPS Charcoal Restaurant, 5801 Pulaski Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21205
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Peach BBQ Sauce

Peach BBQ Sauce

Did You Know? Today, over 40 different varieties of peaches are grown in Georgia.

Dish 5: Peach BBQ Sauce
Where: Sweet Potatoes, 6825 Waters Ave, Savannah, GA 31406
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