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Foods by Country of Origin #1

Try to name the countries where these foods originated.
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First submittedSeptember 19, 2010
Times taken285,431
Average score62.5%
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Food
Country
Sushi
Japan
Lasagne
Italy
Kimchi
Korea
Bratwurst
Germany
Paella
Spain
Crêpes Suzette
France
Goulash
Hungary
Clam chowder
United States
Food
Country
Pączki
Poland
Vegemite
Australia
Phở
Vietnam
Tacos
Mexico
Tandoori chicken
India
Hákarl
(fermented shark)
Iceland
Gyros
Greece
Biltong
South Africa
Food
Country
Poutine
Canada
Moules-frites
Belgium
Shepherd's pie
United Kingdom
Pupusas
El Salvador /
Honduras
Bird's-nest soup
China
Stroopwafels
Netherlands
Croissants
Austria
Panang curry
Thailand
108 Recent Comments
+5
Level 85
Jul 10, 2015
Never heard of biltong or pupusa.
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Level 70
Jun 16, 2016
In a past life I made Biltong in South Africa, it is strips of beef, dipped in vinegar (sometimes herby) , salt rubbed and air dried. It is very tasty. I also made Ostrich Biltong which is made from the leg meat and is really good and much prized.
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Level 75
May 5, 2017
That sounds like beef jerky. Is it different or just a different name?
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Level 73
Nov 12, 2018
Beef jerky isn't air dried, is it?
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Level 45
Nov 17, 2018
A South African friend once told me Biltong was cured under a camel's saddle during a long journey. I'm not sure if it's true, but you can't beat that saddly, camely goodness!
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Level 69
Jun 6, 2019
Literally translated to me it says butt(cheek/buttocks)tongue...

I looked it up and the bil indeed stands for butt (area where the meat comes from) but tong has nothing to do with a real tongue and just refers to it being a strip of meat.

btw the word first reminded me of bintang, so i tried indonesia in the quiz :D

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Level 70
Feb 12, 2022
Right enough 'Sifhraven', the best cuts to get Biltong from are the silverside and topside and first cutting of the buttock of beef. Nice even strips about 8" x 4" x 1"
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Level 88
Oct 21, 2022
It should read ‘beltong’ because it’s old belts.
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Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
Yikes! I thought beef jerky was for dogs until they gave it out on a flight to Idaho. Lol!
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Level 66
Nov 12, 2018
I knew biltong is from South Africa, because I've read all books from Wilbur Smith, which are mostly set in South Africa, and he mentions them couple of times :) Thank you, Wilbur Smith :)
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Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
Pupusa is sooo delicious but never heard of a biltong- either only one I missed.
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Level 36
May 29, 2024
I do cooking with my students and we pick a different country each week and have made Pupusa, difficult to make with children but they enjoyed them.
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Level 65
Oct 21, 2015
I guess I fit the trend....I only missed Biltong and Pupusa.
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Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
How can anyone miss pupusa?! It is So awesome- way better than tacosand other Mexican food. But biltong yeah. Missed that one too and do not want to taste it. Think pillowy goodness melting in your mouth. A pillowy type Salvadoran hand made corn tortilla pocket but soft and inside you have a delicious melange of flavour based on which one you choose. Chicken, pork, beef cheese, spinACH, mixed together with that pillowy soft delicious corn pocket. Omg. I want one now
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Level 67
Oct 26, 2015
Really should accept Salvador for El Salvador. Since the official name of the country is the Republic of El Savador. In other quizes, Gambia is acceptable, even though its called The Gambia short for the Republic of Gambia.
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Level 29
Oct 18, 2016
I missed sushi
+7
Level 76
May 5, 2017
croissant, austria??? maybe France!
+6
Level 57
Jan 17, 2020
From what I remember being told, croissants were first made in Austria and the French stole the idea. Don't quote me on it though lol
+4
Level 90
Jan 18, 2020
Croissant originated in Vienna, Austria, but was popularized in its modern day form when an Austrian opened a bakery in Paris, hence the French name.
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Level 51
Jan 19, 2024
In France croissants and similar pastries are called "viennoiseries", named after Vienna. Wouldn't say they stole the idea since they named it after the creators
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Level 43
May 8, 2024
they stole the idea.
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Level 23
Mar 15, 2024
I know right whoda thunk
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Level 33
May 6, 2017
There's not such a country as "Korea",
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Level 37
Oct 12, 2018
To Roger Silveira: I doubt that the culinary tastes of a country change merely because of a political split. Therefore a food that originates in Korea would originate in both North and South Korea. Therefore, in this instance, "Korea" is the correct answer.
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Level 56
Jun 30, 2017
It's my understanding that gyros first came from a Greek who lived in Chicago.
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Level 82
Nov 21, 2017
That seems unlikely since it's basically the same as shawarma and doner kebab- food commonly enjoyed all over the former Ottoman Empire and nearby countries. Maybe the guy in Chicago put a different spin on it or something. But the best gyros I've had were in Nicosia, on the Greek side of Cyprus.
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Level 81
Oct 29, 2022
It's... complicated.

The thing that we (sometimes) call gyro originally comes from the Ottoman Empire, and then made its way around the world, in some places via Greece and in others not.

However "gyro" as the *name* for the thing is actually an American development, yes (even though the word is of Greek origin). The Greeks continued to call them "ντονέρ" (a cognate with the Turkish "döner") until tensions between Greece and Turkey reached a height in the 1970s, at which point the Greek word "ντονέρ" fell out of favour as being "too Turkish" and the word "γύρος" was backported from the USA into Greece as being a more properly "Greek" term.

So you could make a plausible claim that the gyro is either American or Turkish (Ottoman). But of those three options, Greek is probably the least correct.

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Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
Dude, they have them all over Greece but it is more known as Souvlaki. So maybe the name but the name I believe means to gyrate- spin bcause it is meat on a spit.
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Level 69
Nov 30, 2017
Less than 50% know poutine! Your loss. I want all the poutine.
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Level 45
Mar 18, 2019
Yeeeeessssssss
+4
Level 69
Jun 6, 2019
Sounds like someone saying pudding with an accent hahaha
+1
Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
Love it!
+2
Level 53
Mar 5, 2018
please accept magyarorszag as hungary.
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Level 34
Mar 17, 2018
Never heard of Poutine or Pupusa but got the rest. Austrians sure like sweet stuff.
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Level 23
Nov 5, 2018
I only knew the pupusa (El Salvador) one because of Tasty!! ahaha yesss thanks Buzzfeed
+3
Level 60
Nov 12, 2018
Vegemite seems out of place here, it's a brand name rather than a recipe: the Australian version of Marmite (a yeast extract).
+3
Level 71
Jan 8, 2021
And yeast extract didn't originate in Australia, it's definitely English. Perhaps it should be replace with "pie floater" or similar.
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Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
Wth is a pie floater. Weird name. Lol!
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Level 56
Nov 12, 2018
Gyros originated by a Greek living in Chicago. They are American , not Greek.
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Level 43
May 8, 2024
But the creator is Greek no?
+4
Level 56
Nov 13, 2018
Poutine being written for Canada and Haggis being outlined for Scotland is bizarre. They are both highly specific dishes for regions. Recognizing poutine for Canada would be like expecting haggis for the UK.
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Level 17
Nov 14, 2018
I kept typing Greek instead of Greece :3
+3
Level 21
Jan 13, 2019
You should also accept Ireland for shepherds pie.
+3
Level 37
Jan 31, 2019
^ +1 - I've only had shepherd's pie in Irish establishments. It is spicy and delicious, not words usually associated with English food.
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Level ∞
Oct 20, 2022
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepherd's_pie#History
+3
Level 83
Dec 5, 2022
'English food isn't spicy and delicious' our national dish is tikka masala
+2
Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
Agreed. In Ireland it isSo delicious
+1
Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
Certain people hate the Irish but everyone loves them around the world so who cares about an anal nerd
+4
Level 50
Mar 1, 2019
Croissants are French, not Austrian.
+6
Level 66
Apr 18, 2019
no, they are Austrian :D
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Level 44
Nov 8, 2022
Checking around the information the shape and style is Austrian but the modern version is French. The use of french flour is what makes the modern croissant and light breakfast dish as opposed to an afternoon partry.
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Level 43
May 8, 2024
You would assume that but history shows they originate in Vienna, Austria but an Austrian moved to Paris and opened a bakery, then French bakeries started to copy them and badda bing badda boom there is the association of the croissant with France.
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Level 60
Mar 12, 2019
So with this smorgasboard of treats from all over the world I am struggling with cultural cringe when our offering is none other than vegemite. How about Lamingtons or Tim Tams? I'd proffer up Pavlova but that might ignite a new war between the Aussies and the Kiwis! :-)
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Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
Pavlova is a Russian dessert, so may start Wwlll with Putin
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Level 72
Oct 31, 2022
He doesn't need a meringue dessert for an excuse
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Level 45
Mar 18, 2019
Okay, food question.

Clam chowder ?

Why does it exist ? Is it edible ? If yes, is it good ? And again, WHYYY ?

(sorry, I know it's probably okay, but idk, just hearing/seeing the name makes my skin crawl for some reason.

So I'm really curious.)

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Level 37
Apr 20, 2019
^ Agree, I prefer Lobster or Crab Bisque and though I've tried clam chowder, besides the proliferation of potatoes (I don't like potatoes), the clams seemed rather slimy. I've only tried it once, so it might just have been the chef, but it turned me off of the stuff permanently.
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Level 82
Oct 20, 2022
You don't like potatoes? I'm sorry, you seem like a person of ill-repute.
+1
Level 67
Jun 20, 2019
I have had clam chowder and it is very good. It is clam and potato in a very, very thick sauce. Also it really should accept new england as a answer because that is where you will mostly find it.
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Level 68
Oct 29, 2022
I wish I could try clam chowder.
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Level 60
Nov 13, 2023
@Geographystar: That's not what the quiz is about, though...
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Level 43
May 8, 2024
New England? the REGION of the USA in the north east.
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Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
The USA has so many great cajun foods we don't need to rely on clam chowder. Nothing beats Cajun food except maybe Georgian(Republic of) food. So no worries hush puppies are Awesome! Jumbalaya, gumbo etc ..and infinitum.:)) I don't like s a good but crab cakes are out of this world -also from the East Coast ofUSA. I hear clam chowder from new York is awesome,!
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Level 27
Sep 1, 2019
1: GYRO should be accepted for Turkey, Lebanon, Middle East etc. All the same stuff, just spelt differently

2: Never heard of PUPUSA. I doubt that anybody who is not from El Salvador (or perhaps the southern parts of the US) has either.

3: VEGEMITE isnt food. It's Australia's way of disposing of toxic waste

+5
Level 82
Oct 20, 2022
Vegemite is delicious if you know how to use it. I see a lot of foreigners scooping it up by the spoonful, which is the equivalent of declaring tabasco disgusting after you swig a glass of it down. Spread it thinly on toast or, for an amazing umami hit, on lamb chops before throwing them on the BBQ.
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Level 81
Oct 29, 2022
Papusas are popular in the US wherever Salvadorans and Hondurans have settled. So, DC and California among other US locales outside the southern US (DC is quite southern (after all south of the Mason-Dixon line), but it's generally not regarded as part of the South).
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Level 81
Oct 29, 2022
I'm Canadian and have absolutely both heard the term "pupusas" and eaten them. Both here and in other places that I've lived (including Europe and the Middle East).

Indeed I just happen to have most recently had one about 6 days ago - purely coincidentally.

I've never been to El Salvador nor is my ancestry in any way related to that part of the world (so I've never had any reason to e.g.: seek them out, particularly). But they've definitely been common enough in my experience...

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Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
Dude, where can I get s pupusa ouTside el Salvador? I am dying for one and am not in Latin America?
+1
Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
No in Turkey and Egypt the names are very different for areason. The I grefients differ. Gyro is exclusively Greek
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Level 65
Mar 16, 2023
I don't care for the Mediterranean gyro.
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Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
Not from El Salvador, I simply know a lot. Pupusas are one of the most delicious foods on Earth. I don't know anyo e who hadlsnt heard of pupusa and I am white.
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Level 43
May 8, 2024
I haven't heard of pupusa but people say it's good so I might try it one day.
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Level 66
Jan 2, 2020
Biltong is also very popular here in Namibia.
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Level 36
Jan 28, 2020
Who on earth has heard of pupusa?

That's a bit like adding the favourite food of Togo

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Level 16
May 14, 2020
Interesting quiz, got 100%

But as a western european it might be easier than for others

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Level 39
Sep 26, 2020
the only reason i got el salvador for pupusa is my spanish teacher freshman year happen to be salvadoran,, why is that included
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Level 57
Apr 22, 2021
Got em all except pupusa which I've never heard of. Looks pretty good.
+2
Level 43
Feb 10, 2022
Shepherds Pie is an Irish dish.
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Level ∞
Oct 20, 2022
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepherd's_pie#History
+3
Level 71
Feb 23, 2022
“Korea” is not a country. I tried BOTH DPRK (North Korea) AND ROK (South Korea) for that one and it didn’t work. Both of these are automated type-ins for North and South Korea and should be accepted.
+2
Level 82
Oct 20, 2022
Second this. Jetpunk is generally fairly consistent.
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Level 81
Oct 29, 2022
Kimchi was invented, developed, and eaten long before the division of Korea. It is a Korean dish, not a dish of DPRK or ROK; neither ROK nor DPRK would dispute this. Accept ROK or DPRK but the correct answer should remain "Korea".
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Level 81
Oct 29, 2022
I think that's exactly what's being asked. I'm not reading the comment as saying that "Korea" should not be accepted; rather that "ROK" and "DPRK" should be accepted as valid type-ins.
+1
Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
It stinks up fridges
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Level 32
Dec 23, 2022
Kimchi is not originated in Korea, it's from China's Paocai.
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Level 53
Jun 21, 2023
Everything from Korea is originally from China tho
+1
Level 88
May 4, 2022
Only knew bitlong because I read a book about Winston Churchill in the country of origin.
+3
Level 37
Jun 21, 2022
no middle eastern countries?
+1
Level 37
Oct 30, 2022
Too bad
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Level 82
Oct 20, 2022
Wikipedia lists pupusas' country of origin as El Salvador and Honduras. This wouldn't have helped me on the quiz, because I only know this as a result of looking them up after taking this quiz (they appear to be essentially arepas by another name), but Honduras should probably be an accepted answer if you don't want to start ethnic strife.
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Level 79
Oct 21, 2022
What is the reason for explaining what Hakarl is, but not explaining any of the other foods? I mean it helped me getting an answer that I wouldn't have gotten otherwise, but it seems a bit inconsistent.
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Level 71
Oct 21, 2022
Croissants are completely French. They are based off kifli, an Austrian bread with the same crescent shape, but a completely different dough. Also, even if the first croissant was made by an Austrian, it was made in Paris, and this is where it became first popular. So I think it's safe to say croissants are a French dish.
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Level 79
Oct 25, 2022
It's a fair point. You could, for example, argue that Shepherd's Pie has potatoes in it, so therefore must be South or Central American in origin. I wouldn't though.

In any case, it's a good quiz.

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Level 44
Nov 8, 2022
"Containing potato" is very different from creating a dish where boiled and mashed potatoes are used to cover and seal the juices of lamb mince and vegetables.
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Level 62
Nov 2, 2022
Totally agree, it is annoying when just for the purpose of including a trick question the author makes such obvious mistakes. All it took was 5 minutes of Google search.
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Level 50
Oct 31, 2022
Whatever you do, DON'T put jollof rice on one of these.
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Level 28
Nov 7, 2022
Very nice and interesting
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Level 18
Dec 9, 2022
sushi is chinese
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Level 46
Feb 6, 2023
no, and the word sushi is literally japanese.
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Level 53
Jun 21, 2023
Sushi is originally from China but gets developed in Japan. And Sushi can be a Chinese word too which is 鮨.

Search before answer.

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Level 75
Jan 1, 2023
Got 22/24. Only missed Biltong and Croissants. Who knew they were from austria! 🤷
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Level 37
Mar 22, 2023
The French know that :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viennoiserie

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Level 46
Feb 6, 2023
please accept "South Korea" for "Korea" because some quizes have both koreas and therefore korea wont work and therefore i am used to typing south korea
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Level 76
Mar 10, 2023
french fries were actually invented in belgium lol
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Level 43
May 8, 2024
that is true. but American troops during ww2 thought they were French because they were in wallonia French speaking belgium
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Level 69
Dec 11, 2023
Isn't Sushi originally from Norway?
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Level 63
Mar 19, 2024
I think Salmon Sushi or the Salmon for Sushi (?) is but not the dish itself.