Well done, Belgium: The first-ever Belgian frites vending machine to use a beef fat–fryer has been installed in Brussels, meaning those with €2 and 90 seconds to spare can get a cup of automated, fresh-fried frites (with your choice of ketchup, harissa mayonnaise, or plain mayo). The Guardian reports that though French-fry vending machines exist in other countries, distributor BreakTime Solutions needed "further development" to implement the beef-fat component, as well as a three-filter system "to cut out the smell of the frying." Though this is the first machine on its kind installed on the street, BreakTime says they plan to develop a deep-fried croquette vending machine in the near future.
This video filmed by Belgium's Newspaper DH shows the interior mechanics of the machine (the "tour," however, isn't in English). To see the machine "in action," watch here:
Video: Le Distributeur de Frites!
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