American fried rice
The American military strikes again! Well, not literally, but in a historical sense, American fried rice, or “khao pad amerikan,” was originally served to members of our nation’s military who visited Thailand during the Vietnam War. The fried rice contains a veritable cocktail of stereotypically American ingredients, like ketchup, fried chicken, ham, hot dogs, raisins, and pineapple. The dish didn’t catch on in Thai restaurants in America because, well, we’ve already got enough ketchup-fried chicken-ham-raisin-pineapple hot dogs, don’t we?
BBQ Western sandwich
Bamberg, Germany was, until very recently, the site of an American military base, and the local bar scene reflected that, with a smattering of American-style sports bars and pubs that tried to appeal to the sensibilities of the visiting soldiers. Play Off is one such joint, and is notable for its neither BBQ nor Western “BBQ Western sandwich,” which incorporates bacon, tortilla chips, cheese, onions, tomato, and lettuce, alongside a large menu that contains more than a few American pop culture references (“Red Hot Chili Poppers” and the “Big Kahuna Burger”).