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Some unusual but popular food combinations

30 August 2019 , 0 comments / 0 likes
Everybody loves a good combo – be it wada and pav, peanut butter and jelly, idli and sambhar or mac and cheese. There are lesser-known combinations that may sound unusual at first but tend to grow on you as you eat it. Kudos to the creative food experimenters who thought up these unexpected combinations and were brave enough to try them out before introducing them to the world. Here are some of the most surprising food combinations that actually work together.

Cola and chicken

No one quite knows when this combination became popular, but it is now firmly entrenched into the annals of Chinese cooking. Cola is used as a sauce while cooking, and as the sauce reduces, it imparts a unique taste to the chicken. Cola chicken wings are very popular in China, and you can find many recipes on the internet.

Orange juice with cereal

Crazy as it sounds, apparently a lot of people swear by this combination. A few years ago, a survey was conducted in the US to learn about the breakfast habits of the Americans, and it emerged that orange juice and cereal was a popular combination. Whether you are offended by the combination or intrigued to try it, looks like OJ and cereal is here to stay.

The Elvis sandwich

Elvis Presley was not just known for his music; he was also notorious for his unusual taste in food. The Elvis sandwich – made with peanut butter, banana and bacon – was supposed to be his favourite food. There are stories of him taking his private jet from Graceland to Denver to eat a variation of this sandwich called Fool's Gold loaf – a hollowed-out loaf of bread stuffed with peanut butter, jelly and pound of bacon.

Noodles Samosa

Noodles and samosas are probably two of India's most beloved dishes. What could go wrong when you combine the two, right? Well, the purists may be appalled, but noodles samosa is not just a one-off thing. It is a very popular dish with hundreds of recipes on the internet. As they say, don't knock it till you try it!

French fries with honey

French fries are perhaps one of the world's most popular snacks, and you can get fries in almost every country. With popularity comes diversity and people around the globe eat their fries with different dipping sauces. French fries and honey were all the rage a few years ago, especially in Korea. The fad might have died down now, but the sweet and salty combination of fries and honey is still enjoyed by many.

Ketchup on popcorn

Ketchup has a massive fan following all around the world, and people of all ages, from toddlers to seniors find the condiment appealing. Ketchup is so versatile and loved that it makes an appearance in several other unusual combinations such as ketchup on rice, in scrambled eggs, on mac and cheese – it looks like ketchup fans can't get enough of it. Such is the popularity of this combination that you can buy ketchup-flavoured popcorn and ketchup-flavoured seasoning for popcorn. The sweet and tangy taste of the popcorn complements the buttery saltiness of popcorn very well.

Unsure of how much ketchup to put on your popcorn? Hop online for hundreds of recipes showing how to make the perfect bowl of ketchup on popcorn!

Olive oil and sea salt with ice cream

Ice cream sundaes are usually associated with sweet and fruit-based toppings, chocolate sauce and nuts. A more grown-up version of the classic dessert is vanilla ice cream topped with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. While the premise of olive oil on ice cream may sound ridiculous, this treat has many fans who swear by its taste.

What is the weirdest food combination that you have tried?