Belgium's national dish, fried potato sticks are spared from the national coronavirus lockdown - GulfToday

Belgium's national dish, fried potato sticks, are spared effects of national coronavirus lockdown


People stand in line in front of a French fries vendor near the Grand Place in central Brussels.

The coronavirus has caused panic and problems all around the world.


Belgium's national dish, fried potato sticks that many English speakers refer to as "French fries", have escaped the country's near lockdown over coronavirus, with vendors allowed to stay open while all cafes and restaurants have been forced to close.


The government ordered schools, bars, gyms and all sporting and cultural activities to close for three weeks from Saturday and curbed shop opening times to limit the spread of the disease.


FRIES12 People eat take-out fries in the historic centre of Antwerp, Belgium.


But – as many Belgians noticed – the places selling fries have been spared, as long as you eat them elsewhere.


Fries are typically sold in paper cones from roadside shacks or trailers.


There are some 5,000 of them in Belgium, making them some 10 times more common per capita than McDonald's restaurants in the United States.


FRIES13 A tourist wearing a protective face mask walks as he holds a French fries cornet in the centre of Brussels.


Belgium has sought to have Belgian potato fries and the culture around them recognised as global heritage alongside its beer-making tradition.




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Many Belgians say the country invented fries and that US troops stationed in the French-speaking part of Belgium during World War One mistakenly called them "French".

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