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Considering that the majority of India is Hindu, the pizzerias need to serve more toppings than your traditional pepperoni. Now, India does love pizza, but the pies there do not resemble American pizza much at all. Most pizzas are built on top of biscuits and topped with tomato sauce and cheese. India’s favorite toppings include onions, baby corn, tofu, pickled ginger, and chiles.
American-style pizza does not exist in Turkey outside of the few tourist places that specialize in it. Turkish pizza is actually a flatbread dish called lahmacun. Lahmacun does sound rather tasty though. An extra thin flatbread baked with lamb, parsley, and lemon juice.
South Korean pizza is only similar to American-style pizza in form. Korean food isn’t from the same culinary tree as Western food, so the difference is in the foundation. A potato-based dough (not unlike a large, crispy gnocchi) is topped with a thick sweet potato sauce, cheese, and sour cream. South Koreans favorite toppings include bacon and potato slices.
The only country in the world to eat more pizza than the U.S. is Norway. They consume 24 million pizzas a year with only 5 million residents. That’s a lot of pizza! Strange thing is that they prefer frozen pizza to fresh pizza. Grandiosa is by far the most popular brand with the theme song twice topping the pop music charts.
Hungarian pizza resembles the American fair food fried dough more than a pizza, but the pie does sound tasty. A flour, milk, and sugar flatbread is deep-fried and topped with sauces like yogurt, sour cream, or mashed potatoes. Popular toppings are sausages, ham, cabbage, and mushrooms. Sweet varieties are topped with powdered sugar and jam.
Finland loves its pizza. The traditional Finnish-style pizza is pretty similar to American-style with a dough crust, tomato sauce, and cheese. The pizzeria of choice is Kotipizza, “Home Pizza,” which serves millions of pizza a year across the country. The interesting part is their favorite topping. Berlusconi-style pizza, the Finnish pie of choice, is topped with smoked reindeer meat. Apparently it is delicious, but I prefer my reindeer leading Christmas sleighs.