Did hamburgers originate in China?


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First noodles, then pizza, now they claim that the hamburger is a Chinese creation

Beijing: Those American hamburgers you love to much on so much may not be American after all, as new reports have claimed that the snack was actually originated in China. There has been an online debate raging on triggered over the link between hamburgers and rou jia mo, a Chinese snack that includes "meat placed between bun" and has been described as "the world's first hamburger," China Daily reported.

According to the reports, the street food had originated in Shaanxi province in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), or may have even dated to the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) before the Qin Dynasty.


However, associate professor Jia Zhigang at the Faculty of History at Northwest University said that the earliest record of the snack was found in documents from the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), after which it soon gained popularity in the Guanzhong area (a prosperous area in Shaanxi).


Rou jia mo includes a chewy bun baked in a clay oven or fried in a pan with a sumptuous and spicy meat filling, and is a popular street food in China and as well as overseas. An internet user commented that be it in the East or the West, people like eating meat by sandwiching it between buns.