People have been setting off to experience different cultures and cuisines for centuries – it’s how spices reached the west from the east in the first place.
21st century food appreciation and technology have taken us to new realms –unusual and interesting ingredients are readily available and we’re getting more adventurous too. Once-exotic flavours and cooking styles have become a part of our lives. From Moroccan tagines to Middle Eastern hummus, and from Asian curries and noodles to Japanese sushi, we’re consuming and experimenting with food from all over the world – and loving it.
The trick to fusion food is to start off simply and experiment until you find the flavour marriages that work for your palate.
For instance, want to bring an element of Asia to your dinner party? Begin with your favourite dips and snacks, and work out ways to add a dash of a classic Asian flavour – you could add wasabi to guacamole for a Japanese hit, or mix Thai curry paste into hummus for a spicy flavour sensation. Once you’ve mastered these simpler recipes, move onto the main course – sauces are a great place to start freestyling with flavours. By the time you’ve hit dessert, you should really have found your groove, and that’s when the fun really starts!
An excellent place to look for inspiration is street food – usually comprising just a few flavours, often a typical street food dish can be adapted to suit your mood or flavour preference.
Fusion Food Pantry Basics
These spices, herbs and pantry essentials and their distinct flavour profiles are masters at morphing and marrying with other flavours: