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Taiyaki
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Taiyaki

This pancake pays tribute to one of Japan's favorite fish.
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Molcajete
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Molcajete

The Mesoamerican mortar and pestle has been made, and used, the same way for thousands of years.
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Okonomiyaki
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Okonomiyaki

A wartime rice scarcity made this versatile pancake a Japanese staple.
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Biltong
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Biltong

This spiced jerky is a beloved snack in South Africa.
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Kitfo
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Kitfo

A melt-in-your-mouth mixture of raw beef, butter, and spices.
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Seattle Teriyaki
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Seattle Teriyaki

This once-ubiquitous fusion dish is fading into obscurity.
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Benne Wafers
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Benne Wafers

A crispy cookie from South Carolina, first introduced during the slave trade.
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Geoduck
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Geoduck

This phallic, giant clam is the culinary crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest.
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Barbecue Spaghetti
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Barbecue Spaghetti

Memphis adds a little Italian flair to its Southern repertoire.
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Naranjilla
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Naranjilla

Relatively unknown outside South America, the tart, tomato-like fruit makes beloved juices and cocktails.
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’Nduja
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’Nduja

The fiery Calabrian meat spread also goes by "red Nutella" and "poor man's Viagra."
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Sugar Cream Pie
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Sugar Cream Pie

Indiana's unofficial state pie was once a desperate measure.
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Jiānbǐng
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Jiānbǐng

Every morning, Chinese vendors sling savory, crispy crepes to lines of patient fans.
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Coquito Nuts
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Coquito Nuts

Chile is home to very, very small coconuts.
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Grass Jelly
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Grass Jelly

Once a treatment for heat stroke, the herbal gel now flavors desserts.
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Pimientos de Padrón
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Pimientos de Padrón

Eating these unpredictable tapas is a game of spicy-pepper roulette.
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Texas Sheet Cake
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Texas Sheet Cake

Funerals in the Lone Star State call for this comforting chocolate treat.
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Lithuanian Spit Cake
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Lithuanian Spit Cake

This dessert is roasted over a fire and looks like a tree.
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Egg Cream
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Egg Cream

A fizzy, chocolate drink that harkens back to the days of Brooklyn soda fountains.
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Croquembouche
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Croquembouche

This French wedding cake is a caramel-wrapped tower of pastry balls.
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Koolickles
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Koolickles

Dill pickles soaked in Kool-Aid? Oh, yeah!
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Shrub
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Shrub

Before refrigeration, mixing fruit with sugar and vinegar extended its shelf life and made for a tasty drink.
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Shoofly Pie
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Shoofly Pie

Mornings in Amish country once called for pie-cake and coffee.
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Salsagheti
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Salsagheti

This Mexican candy reimagines a spaghetti dinner with spicy-sour gummy noodles and tamarind sauce.
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