6 Out of This World Asian Fusion Meals That'll Leave You Smacking Your Lips
Did you miss the science lecture where they talked about nuclear fission and fusion?
That's okay! Because fusion food has nothing to do with that.
The fusion food frenzy, especially Asian fusion foods, has grown immensely in the past 5 years - and for good reason!
This method of combining ingredients and cooking styles from different cultures gives you the best of what Asian cuisine has to offer.
If you're ready to have your tastebuds awoken and your lips smacking, check out these 6 Asian fusion dishes.
1. The Sushirrito
If you've been on the internet anytime in the last year, you've seen this magnificent Asian fusion dish.
The sushirrito combines all the fresh fish, veggies, and sauces we love with our sushi all wrapped into one giant burrito-looking wrap.
Since the first sushirrito was served in San Franciscoin 2011, this trend has swept the nation. You can now find varieties of sushirittos on lots of different Asian fusion menus.
Asian fusion restaurants serving this culinary mash-up usually offer several protein options such as tuna, salmon, crab, chicken, and tofu.
Some establishments have signature recipes of their own and others will let you build your own sushirrito from a list of ingredients. They offer vegetables and herbs like carrots, scallions, avocado, pickled onions, cucumber, and more.
If you like the sound of the sushirrito, don't miss out on the pho-ritto. It's a mix of the classic Vietnamese dish, pho, stuffed with meat and veggies inside a burrito.
2. Kimchi Quesadilla
It's cheesy, spicy, juicy, warm, and all-around delicious. The kimchi quesadilla is a Korean fusion dish that you can order from a few special fusion restaurants or make at home.
If you haven't heard of kimchi, it's a fermented mix of different vegetables, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, and some other seasonings.
It has a very potent smell and flavor. The spicy, umami flavor is unique but it pairs well with dishes that could use a kick - like a quesadilla.
Mix together cheese, kimchi, and any other toppings between two flour tortillas and get ready to enjoy. You can top the cooked quesadilla with sour cream, plain greek yogurt, or a spicy mayonnaise for a creamy element.
3. Korean Potato Salad
Another Korean fusion dish worth trying is Korean potato salad. The key to a good Korean potato salad is a bit of acid.
The dish is made from Yukon potatoes, fresh vegetables, mayonnaise, and a little bit of vinegar. The vinegar gives the potato salad a much-needed bite of acid and freshness that you won't get from your traditional midwestern potato salad.
It is usually served cold and as a side dish to the main meal.
There are variations of Korean potato salad that use hard-boiled eggs for texture and flavor too. It takes a bit more time to prepare but it's a unique flavor profile.
You can play around with different Korean potato salad recipes and see which is your favorite!
4. Won Ton Tacos
Won tons are a versatile cooking ingredient. They have little to no flavor on their own, so it's a blank canvas for cooking.
This Asian inspired fusion dish combines Asian flavors and ingredients with a well-known Mexican favorite. And the result is an awesome Asian fusion street food.
You can play around with the ingredients inside of the tacos. Usually, there is meat (chicken works well) and fresh vegetables topped with Asian slaw and finished with a hoisin-based sauce.
You can bake or fry the won ton tacos to get the crispy crunch of the won ton wrapper.
Consider adding hot sauce if you like your tacos with a little spice.
5. Kamikaze Fries
You may not have thought regular French fries could get any better. But they can!
Kamikaze fries are a form of loaded fries starting with crisp waffle fries. Next, there is a layer of Korean short rib meat and sometimes kimchi. On top of all of that is a drizzle of spicy Japanese mayonnaise.
This twist on regular French fries will keep you coming back for more. Kamikaze fries are often served as a side with Asian fusion burgers and sandwiches.
Some restaurants offer crab meat instead of beef too. Feel free to try at home and customize however you like.
6. Spam and Egg Onigirazu Recipe
Many cultures have a version of the traditional egg sandwich. But none are quite as clever as this one.
A crispy layer of salty spam, fresh arugula and avocado, a runny yolk egg, and sticky sushi rice all rolled inside a nori wrapper.
Is your mouth watering yet?
This egg sandwich is easy to throw together and checks off every salty, sweet, umami flavor you could want. It also falls into one of the healthy Asian fusion food options.
Test it out at home and see for yourself! Don't forget to use sushi rice because the consistency is much different from your regular brown or white rice.
Classic Asian Cuisine vs Asian Fusion Foods
The Asian fusion cooking scene is expanding, but sometimes you can't beat the classics. Sesame chicken, lo mein, tuna nigiri - to name a few.
So if you're looking for a classic Asian meal, try restaurants like HIRO 88. They have all your favorite meat, noodle, and sushi dishes at the highest quality.
But if you're feeling adventurous, you can also try some of your own Asian fusion cooking.
Try, Taste, and Come Back for More
So you now have 6 new Asian fusion foods to seek out or try making at home. Be creative and have fun with it!
Trying new cuisine is one of many ways we can broaden our horizons and start appreciating other cultures.
Remember that much of Asian fusion cuisine depends on the freshest of ingredients, so don't settle for just any vegetables or rice.
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