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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FOOD
Dumplings are eaten in various forms around the world. Chinese won ton, Italian ravioli, Jewish kreplach, and Polish pierogi are types of dumplings filled with meat, cheese, or vegetables. Frankfurters were named after Frankfurt (am Main), Germany. Experts believe these sausages were first made in Germany during the Middle Ages. About 1900, an American vendor selling cooked frankfurters supposedly called them "hot dachshund sausages" because they resembled the long-bodied dog. Later, the term hot dog came to be used. Hamburger was originally called Hamburg steak. It was named after Hamburg, Germany. Hundred-Year-Old Eggs, a delicacy in China, are preserved duck eggs. They are cured in the shell for about six months in a mixture of ashes, lime, salt, and tea. The curing makes the eggs taste like cheese. Ice Cream Cones were first served at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. A thin, crisp waffle was rolled into a handy holder for a scoop of ice cream. Pancakes are probably the oldest prepared food. The first pancakes were a mixture of pounded grain and water spread on a hot stone. Today, people enjoy such pancake variations as French crepes, Hungarian palacintas, Indian dosa, Italian cannelloni, Jewish blintzes, and Russian blini.Pizza, an international favorite, originated in Italy. Pizza is the Italian word for pie.Pretzels were first made by monks in southern Europe as a reward for students who learned their prayers. The crossed ends of a pretzel represent praying hands. Raw Fish is a favorite food of many people. The Japanese enjoy sashimi, thin slices of raw seafood. Seviche is a popular Latin-American appetizer of raw fish in lime juice. Swedes prepare gravad lox, fresh salmon with dill. Sandwiches were named after the Earl of Sandwich, an English nobleman of the 1700's. While playing cards, he ordered a servant to bring him two slices of bread with a piece of roast meat between them..