Posted by: Chris Sandel | July 21, 2008

International Flavor

In college I took a mission trip down to Bogota, Colombia.  It was a great trip (though not as great for Melissa, you can ask her about it sometime) and I got to experience some really cool things and find out a lot about the politics of a country other than the US and how the US is sometimes seen internationally. 

We were there for a couple of weeks and while we were there we were served pizza several times.  Only it wasn’t exactly what we’d think of when we think of pizza here.  Almost none of it had meat on it.  The main topping choices were fruit.  They had just about every kind of fruit on the pizza.  The supreme would have been something like: banana, mango, pineapple and papaya, with a little pepperoni mixed in if you’re lucky.  It looked just like regular pizza (cheese, tomato sauce, etc) but much more fruity.

I thought all of that was weird until I ran across a couple of recent blog entries (rue the day, slice) that made me realize that fruit is nothing compared to what some countries do to their pizza.  A couple that I thought were particularly extreme were:

  • Japan – They love squid and Mayo Jaga (a combination of mayonnaise, potatoes and bacon). The “Mega Pizza” is loaded with toppings and is served with maple syrup and ketchup on top.
  • Russia -Mockba (a blend of sardines, tuna, salmon, mackerel and onions) is a popular pizza topper…sorry, but I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Also, red herring is quite a popular topping.
  • South Korea – They’ve come up with the tasty treat below.  Shrimp popper bites baked into the crust.  Mmmm…  (For more commercials featuring crazy crusts and toppings, check out the slice blog.)

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