A taste of America in Malaysia

A taste of America in Malaysia
KFC, Pizza Hut, California rolls and McDonald’s are some of the iconic American food that have conquered our taste buds.

What is more American than apple pie, cupcakes, hot dog and popcorn? Many would venture Coca Cola, McDonald's, KFC, Dunkin' Donuts, Heinz, TGI Fridays and Starbucks - household names of American food brands.

The list of iconic American food that has invaded our space is really quite long if you care to make an inventory. In fact, they are so pervasive that the names will explode like popping corns once you set your mind to it.

We may begin the day with a bowl of Kellogg's cornflakes sprinkled with California raisins, or a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich - it's now also quite trendy to do The Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll's favourite peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich.

If you are in a hotel, you can have the whole works with an American breakfast set of eggs, bacon, sausages, toast, butter and jam, fruit juice and coffee or tea.

But America's most influential export is indisputably fast food, which some would say is the country's worst contribution to mankind.

The first fast food outlet opened in Malaysia way back in 1963 on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

A&W also introduced us to our first drive-in restaurant in 1965 in Petaling Jaya. Our taste buds were conquered by root beer, floats, hot dog, hamburger, onion rings and fries as they became the food fads of the day and students and families make A&W their favourite gathering place. For years after, our Tuesdays were Coney Dog days.

More far-reaching than A&W's 40 chain restaurants is McDonald's 245 restaurants. In Malaysia since 1982, the jolly Ronald McDonald aims to double that number to 500 by 2020 to bring Happy Meals to everyone.

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