Weird Foods I Enjoy in France


Just the other week, I posted about some of my favorite places to eat in France. This week, I’ve decided to write another post dedicated to French food, particularly those which you wouldn’t expect to discover…but once you do, there’s no going back!

I admit, the post’s title is a bit misleading: “weird” isn’t the best word to use, but rather food that you wouldn’t otherwise assume to be great. I’m talking particular sweets, certain types of junk food, and the whole works. You know when you’ve really integrated into French society when you’ve had these foods, so without further ado, I’ll be sharing some of my personal favorites with you!


My Favorite (Weird) Foods in France

1. Raspberry tarts.

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Source: black dog:: food blog.

Loaded with frozen raspberries and pectin, this particular tart looks absolutely tantalizing, even with its lack of freshness at times. But its just divine, and a really-easy pick-me-up after a long day of work. Rich and buttery in its crust, the sourness of the raspberries balances it out for a delightful treat!

2. Pommes noisettes.

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Source: GEL 29.

Similar to the American tater-tot, these balls of fried potatoes have an interesting texture to them: crispy on the outside but mushy on the inside, pommes noisettes might not appeal to everyone, but I personally enjoy them! They’re a hearty substitute for meat, as they will certainly fill you up in a jiffy.

3. Double-fried fries.

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Source: Black Shoe Diaries.

Even the most mediocre brasserie will serve these heavenly fries, which are cooked twice to achieve that extra crispy exterior, all the while remaining tender in the center. The fact that it’s been fried an extra time doesn’t make for the healthiest of options, but no one’s complaining about how good it is!

4. Harissa sauce.

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Technically, this is a north-African sauce, but it’s since become a popular one in France, due to the fact that a huge part of its population are immigrants from countries like Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Considering that many French dishes are so bland, adding a bit of this sauce is sure to turn the heat waaay up!

5. Cordon bleu.

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Source: Cuisine Actuelle.

Somewhat of a “French schnitzel,” this meaty-cheesy dish actually originates from Switzerland, but France has gladly embraced it as a part of its culinary tradition. Certainly not for the vegetarians at heart, as its a heavy meat dish with a creamy texture from the cheese to induce a food coma afterwards!

Let me know what’s your favorite standard French dish. Bon appétit!

— The Finicky Cynic

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9 thoughts on “Weird Foods I Enjoy in France

    1. rebbit7

      Harissa sauce is great, especially if you’re missing a bit of spiciness in Europe. Cordon bleu is tasty, and it’s hearty to fill you up (with happiness)!

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