Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you can’t fail to have noticed the amount of fusion food eateries popping up across the nation. Whereas food used to be based on heritage or location, people are now mixing up flavors and destinations and cultures so that all sorts of taste sensations are being created. Especially in areas like Tampa, where such a large percentage of the population (including myself!) have moved from other places, fusion food is everywhere. If you want tasty, healthy and awesome food, fusion is where it’s at.
While a decent definition of cultural appropriation is when people try to make money off of a culture that they know nothing about, these people who are mixing up foods and flavors are doing so with positive and respectful motivations. They want people to experience different ways of eating. Have you ever tasted an Indian taco? The Indian Mexican fusion of corn tacos filled with curries, dhal and rice isn’t something to be shied away from. Food in general shares many different facets across a range of cuisines. You have the pasty from England, the samosa from India and the burrito from Mexico. All of these culinary creations had their roots in trying to create an all in one fulfilling meal for workers taking their lunch with them on the go.
Fusion food is exciting and dynamic. Not all flavor combinations work, but those that do can find their place in eateries and at street food stalls. Take a look at why fusion food is so on trend.
The youth of today are on the lookout for healthy food with different flavors. The easiest way to fulfill this need is by going down the fusion cuisine root. Mixing up American barbecue and Japanese umami flavors results in the ultimate teriyaki turkey burgers. These incredible lean meat burgers are perfect for summer barbecues if you fancy a soiree in your back garden on a summer evening. Pair these with some hotdogs, ribs and slaw and salad, and you have brought a little bit of the Far East to your fire pit.
Barbecues mixed with Japanese flavors may sound ridiculous but the resulting recipe can be pleasing to the palette. Sometimes, people want a lighter, less full on meaty experience. Mixing a marinade that doesn’t rely on stock and gravy lends itself to the fruitier flavors of the Far East. Pair your burgers with a brioche bun, some grilled pineapple and some avocado and you have a unique and alternative burger to your usual fayre.
If you thought curry in a taco was a little out there, you’ve seen nothing yet. Tacos are the perfect vessel for any filling. These do not have to be Mexican in origin to be tasty. Spaghetti tacos are becoming a staple across the nations. Filling the crispy shell of a taco with nonna’s warming ragu and al dente pasta makes for a carb laden snack of epic proportions. This fulfills the need of Italian and Mexican lovers everywhere.
It also lends itself to less wasteful eating. If you have spaghetti leftover from the previous evening’s meal, whip open some tacos and fill them up with your pasta for your lunch. This goes for all sorts of fusion cuisine. Mixing up different meals at home can result in you using up the food that is about to past its use by date in the fridge. While you might not want to get too adventurous, consider how you can mix up spice and sweetness to create new dishes. Consider a bacon topped donut, or a chocolate covered pretzel. These have the perfect mix of salty sweetness to satisfy many different palettes.
For those people who adore curry but are less fussed about the rice and yearn for some pastry instead, how about a pie? Curry pie lends itself to all sorts of combinations. How about a spicy vindaloo with a puff pastry top. Or what about a shortcrust pastry cased pie filled with a heady chicken rogan josh. It doesn’t matter what your favorite curry is or what your favorite pastry type is, you can mix them up to create your perfect spicy pie. Combining spices from Asia alongside more home cooked staples is the easiest way to make fusion cuisine. You don’t even have to head out to a restaurant or food show to sample this. Combine your favorites at home and get experimenting in your own kitchen.
Fusion cuisine is here to stay. Whether you adore Mexian, Italian. French, Spanish, or good old American grub, you can mix up your favorite flavors to create some incredible new fusion food taste sensations.
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