It’s inevitable that different countries will have different cultures, customs, not to mention cuisines. It’s part of what makes us all unique. Odorigui, the consumption of live seafood while it’s still moving and thrashing around, is considered a delicacy in Japan, while you can find frog’s legs or snails in many a French restaurant. However, from time to time, you can come across a cultural culinary difference on your travels, and sometimes, it can completely blow your mind.
If you live in the United Kingdom, you’ll be fairly familiar with the egg cup. As you might have guessed, an egg cup is a little cup in which you can hold a boiled egg. It’s particularly useful for stopping your egg from rolling away while you’re eating it with a spoon, or trying to dip your toast in it. American readers, though, will have read those last two or three sentences above, and had no idea what I was talking about. It turns out, egg cups are a food innovation that hasn’t quite made it across the pond, and that particular fact caused one Scot to have a spectacular online meltdown.
For the most part, American and British culture have plenty of similarities between. Whether you live in Yorkshire or New York, or spell the word “color” with or without the “U”, we eat similar foods, have similar cultural standards, and (mostly) speak the same language.
However, one Twitter user out in Scotland, a video game programmer known as @innesmck, has gone bananas, after discovering that the egg cup is a utensil exclusively found in British kitchens. His reaction to this new information was rather visceral, as he went on a pretty amusing Twitter rant about the subtle culinary differences between America and the Brits.
Part of the reason for @innesmck’s ire is this: out in the United Kingdom, you can have your eggs soft boiled, which is when the egg is only boiled a little bit, so the yolk on the inside is still runny. America, obviously, has only one kind of egg, the hard-boiled kind; meaning the yolk is far too solid for any dipping action to occur.
In his rant, @innesmck also alluded to the rarity of the electric kettle in American households; most of the time, a kettle goes on the stove, but in England you can find them plugged into the wall, with their own electric pad that does the heating. Insane, right?
In today’s increasingly globalized world, there are more people each day that have a more homogenized quality of life. When we encounter a crucial difference like this, the temptation is to go on an 18-tweet rant, but next time, maybe we can try and appreciate the differences, and understand that there are some things in life that are much more important. Mainly, food. That egg thing is weird, though. Boil your eggs fully, you crazy Brits!