If the Americans have burger and fries and the British fish and chips, the Belgians also offer one of the best comfort pairings in the world – a potful of steamed, juicy, sweet mussels with crispy-fried potatoes occasionally dipped with freshly made mayonnaise.
Moules-frites is popular all over Europe, most especially in France, but there’s a few good reasons to believe that this dish originated from Belgium. For one, the way the frites were prepared and cooked by local cooks during winter is first cited in a Flemish manuscript dated 1781. The Belgian farmers were also the first to switch from growing wheat to cultivating potatoes. Mussels are cheap and plentiful, a Belgian staple that were originally considered as commoner’s food and they’ve been paired with fried potatoes ever since.