Frites on the street: New French frie vending machine hits Belgium

Belgium has always taken its frites very seriously, and now the land that claims to have invented and perfected French fries is once again a step ahead.

After a year of experimentation and preparation, locals and visitors can finally munch on fries fresh from an automatic dispensing machine outside a supermarket in Brussels, which blitzes pre-cooked fries to a perfect golden brown in 90 seconds. For €2.50 (about $3.40 USD) you can get a little less than five ounces of fries, complete with salt and a fork, Sadly, you’ll have to choose between ketchup and mayonnaise, but you can add harissa for a spicy kick.

Dispensers of this kind have cropped up previously, but the Belgians believe they’ve now topped the competition with their use of high-quality beef fat alongside vegetable oil, as it gives the fries an extra-savory taste and a particularly crunchy finish. A triple filter keeps the wandering aromas from upsetting the neighbors, and plans are in the works for a croquette vending machine too.

There are some, however, who remain less excited: These automatic frie machines may well give Belgium’s iconic street frites vendors a run for their money. We wouldn’t worry too much, though – with their seemingly endless appetite for fries, Belgians will likely keep both men and machine in business.

(Image: Fries © p.studio66, 2013. Used under licence from Shutterstock.com)

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