The history of food is the history of humanity, therefore fights over food are great battles of history (lol)! Jokes aside, these kinds of fights will probably never end because people are born into these conflicts. Maybe your local supermarket’s waffles are always on sale so you’ve grown up eating them, or maybe you’ve never seen crunchy peanut butter before so you never knew what it’s like. But there’s a bigger world (of food) out there, so let’s talk food!
- Drums vs. Flats
Not all wings are created equal, nature’s made sure of that. In one corner we have what you might call the symbol of the wing, the flats. In the other is the piece that might as well have been the namesake for buffalo wings, the drums. Both fair candidates. Wings have all the benefits the skin can give, both as a crunch factor and as a sponge for the sauce. Drums lead the charge on ease of eating and texture, being darker meat. As a kid, I always looked forward to the days my mom made chicken wings because they are so flavourful. When it comes to bigger pieces of chicken, it’s much harder for the flavours to sink in. Personally, I think it’s a shame most cooks don’t take advantage of the skin and give flats a crunchier skin; the texture would’ve elevated the flavour. So I have to give my vote to the drums. A drum with a good amount of crispy skin is so good, the perfect side to a refreshing pale ale.
- Fold Pizza vs. As-Is
I actually didn’t find out about this debate until just a while ago from Buzzfeed. This is a completely foreign concept to me, so sorry in advance I can only analyze this logically. As with most things, not all pizzas are made equally. When you have a fresh pizza with a thin crust you’re going to want more support, so folding it becomes natural. I, however, would just support it with the other hand. I have a fixated way of enjoying pizza because that’s how it comes to you, any other way would be too similar to other foods. What’s that, you like to fold it all the way to make a pizza sandwich? That’s ok but at that point, it’s not that different from a calzone. But to each their own, it’s not like actual calzones come in as many flavours as an actual pizza anyways.
- Salt On vs. Salt Off
Now it might seem weird to all you Westerners, but this IS a thing. In Asia, sometimes we put salt on fruit (and not just when we want to preserve it). It’s only certain fruits (i.e. watermelon, pineapple, etc.), but we think it makes it taste a little bit better. Now, hear me out. There is a theory on how it works. You know how some makers put salt on caramel (more on its pronunciation later), the salt brings in extra stimulation to the tongue and emphasizes how sweet the caramel is. The same thing for watermelon; go on, give it a try. You guys do the dipping fries in ice cream/milkshake thing, right? It’s like that and maple bacon. There’s an old Chinese wives’ tale that describes how it’s not ok to overeat certain fruits, and the salt somehow offsets it enough to eat a bit more.
- Coke vs. Pepsi
Ah, the age-old question. It’s like chocolate and vanilla. Ultimately, this is the question of taste. Economically, Coke is superior to Pepsi because of all the other drinks and branches it has. Coke is seen and favoured in much of the developed nations, but Pepsi has an iron grip on the Middle East. Fun fact, the Arabic language doesn’t really have a sharp “p” sound so they would pronounce it as “Bebsi”. These two drinks have too much in common to draw any conclusive line but in my opinion, coke is richer and more addictive than Pepsi. I would have a Diet Coke with my fried chicken because the lack of sweetness helps with the greasy chicken (and it’s also the only way I can deal with the aftertaste).
- Is a hot dog a sandwich?
People often have a tendency to rely on others to define things.I’m not saying you’re always right, it’s just that some things don’t need outside influence. A sandwich, by definition according to the Oxford dictionary is, “consisting of two pieces of bread with a filling between them, eaten as a light meal” But another dictionary outright challenges that; the Merriam Webster dictionary says it’s, “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in-between”. Don’t forget, behind the dictionary is just another group of authorities pushing their own thoughts and agendas. In my opinion, hot dogs, tacos, and burritos cannot be sandwiches. They each have an identity and culture that’s unique to each other, and thus can never really cross over. Subway subs are sandwiches, by the way, their loaves of bread are conceptually supposed to be apart. They’re stuck together because it’s easier to just make a shallow cut.
It may be futile to fight, but I believe this isn’t all bad. Humans need to continue evolving, so does their food. The common sense of food needs to be constantly confirmed and challenged in order for change to occur. I sure welcome it, because I want to see and try new things (except that sushi croissant, the heat would kill the freshness of the fish)!