If there’s one element that ties many outrageous food creations together, it has to be that they are all extremely unhealthy, writes Felicity Glover
Once upon a time, the food we ate on the run was a pretty simple affair. Think the basics, or classic American diner fare, such as burgers, fries, shakes, fried chicken and pizza.
While these might be the age-old foundations of the booming fast-food industry, 21st-century technology and demanding, hungry consumers wanting it all (and fast) have forced the hand of what was once known as the short-order cook.
These days, fast-food operators have to be more creative to grab our attention and satisfy our hunger for food on the go. From the outrageous to the super-sized and the just plain crazy, it’s safe to say that there’s a huge choice out there. But should some of them been invented at all?
We’re talking about the likes of ramen burgers, dessert pizzas, doughnut burgers and waffle tacos. That’s right: waffle tacos.
If you think these all originate in the United States, you would be almost right. But we can’t blame the U.S entirely; some have their origins outside of the fast-food capital of the world, or at least have a foreign influence.
Below are some of the best – although many would argue the worst – examples that we found on the Internet.
So there you have it: our take on some of the food combinations that we think should never have been invented. Do you have a list? Share it on our Facebook page or send us a picture on Instagram, but make sure you follow and tag ytabloid.
Got an inexplicable craving for noodles and a burger all in one bite? Then you can’t go past the ramen burger, with a side of, no less, ramen fries. The noodle “bun” surrounds a burger patty and is topped with arugula, spring onions, tomato sauce and soy sauce. The kooky creation is the brainchild of Keizo Shimamoto, who debuted the burger in the U.S last year. While you can’t find it in Oman, you can make it yourself) – see our recipe below.
It seems there’s no end to the ramen hybrid, but Y has to say that this Mexican version crosses that fine line between good taste and bad. Created by the aptly named “Vulgar Chef”, there are two choices: one a chicken, beef bacon ranch ramen concoction, the other a shaved beef and pickled jalapeño taco, both topped with sour cream and the usual taco condiments. We think it’s best to stop here.
Taking a savoury dish and morphing it into something sweet should be declared a crime, at least in the case of the dessert pizza. They were big in the food world a few years ago and, unfortunately, they are still out there. Team Y reckons Raffaele Esposito, who is believed to have created the “modern” pizza in 1889 in his restaurant in Naples, Italy, would be horrified that his classic creation is now being topped with all manner of sweet ingredients.
Those clever pizza makers are at it again, this time taking a classic comfort food – in this case, mac ‘n cheese – and throwing it on top of a pizza. Esposito must be wondering what the world has come to and we have to say that we’re with him on this one. The carb-filled cheese fest – if you can call it that – is one of the unhealthiest food combinations we’ve seen in while. But if you can get past the calorie count (there’s more than 700 kilojoules in a 12-inch pizza), then this might be for you.
Here’s what Taco Bell says about its “signature” breakfast item: “A warm waffle wrapped around a delicious sausage patty and fluffy scrambled eggs topped with cheese and served with a side of sweet syrup.” The boffins at Taco Bell must think they are on to a winner with this one. All we can say is run for the hills.
Apparently named after the late R&B singer Luther Vandross because of his love of doughnut burgers, this concoction takes the cake – literally. A classic burger, it is sandwiched between a doughnut and is as unhealthy as it looks, more so if you add cheese and beef bacon. Unsurprisingly, Vandross, who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, passed away at just 54.