Frietchinees has been voted the Flemish word of the 2012.
It means a “Chinese fryer” and describes the rise of non-Belgians who cook up the national staple of french fries.
42 year old Xiandong Zhao told the De Morgen newspaper that “running a Chinese restaurant had become too difficult" and he now owns several outlets. Meanwhile Ming Cheng and Benny Wu (pictured) won a "fryer of the year" award for 2012. "It’s proof that Chinese can make tasty fries” Cheng told the Belang Van Lommel.
However estimates suggest only 1% of Belgium’s 5,000 frietkots are run by those of Chinese origin. Eddy Van Belle, the director of Brugge’s frietmuseum, says Turkish and Moroccan immigrants probably account for many more.