First Fast-food Outlets

Long before Burger King, Tim Hortons and similar outlets, their existed fast food outlets in the early 14th century. Short-order restaurants were observed by the Franciscan friar and St. Odoric de Pordenone in Zhengzhou, China. Fast food was a form of a spring roll, a leaf of thin dough wrapped around chopped vegetables and quick-fried.
      Early 14th Century
      St. Odoric de Pordenone
      Zhengzhou, China

Additional Information:

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