Fusion Food Done Right

Have you ever run out of ideas on what to cook or perhaps crave for something different in between your regular dishes? Well, we might just have the answer you’re looking for!

Try making fusion food! Fusion food has been all the rage for the past decade in the culinary world. More and more restaurants have been popping up to introduce the next “big thing” in fusion cuisines. However, this can actually be done right at home too. Before we start getting creative, let’s understand what fusion food is and how to do it right.

 

What Is Fusion Food?

Fusion food blends the culinary traditions from two or more cultures or nations. The result can be a delightful, interesting and delicious meal that brings out the best from the combined food cultures. It can certainly brighten up a run-of-the-mill mealtime for you and your family.

 

A history of fusion food

 

Combining food of different cultures is actually nothing new. Since the old days when merchants travelled far and away from their homelands to other countries to do trading, they’ve brought with them food from their homes and sometimes brought home food that was shared with them. Through their travels, people were introduced to new flavours and spices that can work well or even elevate their dishes.

However, fusion food in the restaurant and culinary world specifically, only really became a hit beginning in the 1970s. According to Mary McMahon of Delighted Cooking, French chefs started this food revolution by infusing Asian influences into their French cuisines, mainly foods from China and Vietnam.

 

The fusion movement

Fusion food has taken its place in the culinary world and is here to stay. One of the main reasons for this is because fusion food offers a unique dining experience that combines the best of both worlds – the taste of home and new and exciting flavours from other cultures.

Fusion food also brings people together. Living in a diverse and multicultural country like Singapore, fusion foods allow us to cater to different tastes and share the flavours that make each of our cultures unique.

It is also versatile and it pushes the boundaries of culinary arts. It can be the gateway to new creations. The different ethnicities and seamless integrations that we’ve been fortunate to grow up around really gives us an edge and allows us to create groundbreaking fusion food that is unique to our country and identity.

 

How to Fuse it Right?

If you’re interested in making fusion food for your family’s meal, don’t be nervous. We shall share some tips to help you navigate the intricate and complex world of culinary creativity.

 

Pick a dish you want to make

First off, find a dish you or your loved ones like. It can be food from your own culture or from another. When making fusion food for the first time, it is safer to start with minor tweaks and putting a spin on a dish you already know how to make. 

It is recommended that you start with something familiar to cook with. This will give you confidence in terms of cooking the dish correctly. A sense of familiarity is also helpful for you to picture what the end result should or would look and taste like.

 

Experiment with flavours

You can try with flavours that you like. Figure out the spices and ingredients that produce the flavours you like. Each spice is quite distinct in taste, that is why the perfect balance of portion is important to produce the right flavours.

Sometimes, the cooking method would play a role in this too. For example, you may not like pepper as is, but you like the taste of pepper when it is smoked or grilled. If you have the time and equipment to do so, experiment with different techniques of cooking. Otherwise, learning through cooking shows and videos will help too.

Try a few combinations of flavours you feel will go well together. Don’t worry, this requires a little trial and error. Sometimes the flavours might not work together but this part of the process is how you find out.

 

Write it down

Once you’ve figured out a combination of recipes, ingredients, flavours, textures and methods that works, be sure to write it down in your recipe books!

If the fusion is original, there’s a big chance you will not find the recipe elsewhere and you might miss out on some details should you want to do a remake.

In fact, writing down the process is also a good way for you to remember and collect data for your next fusion experiment. If you write down the flavours that work or don’t, what methods you’ve tried that were successful or otherwise, you’ll remember to do or not do them again.

 

Examples of Fusion Food You Can Try

 

Ready to try your hand at fusion food? Let’s start with these popular fusion dishes and see where it takes you from there!

 

Asian-Italian

Here’s an easy one to start you off with. Pastas are one of the most versatile ingredients there is. For example, put an Italian spin to your laksa by making it with Naturel Organic Spaghetti Pasta that’s made with 100% Italian durum wheat. There are also many asian-inspired pasta dishes you can try, like Tom Yum Spaghetti, Sweet and Sour Fusilli, or Soba Fettuccine that some fusion restaurants have offered. 

You can also try making an asian fusion pizza. Combine Naturel Organic Sun Dried Tomato Pesto sauce with fried anchovy or grilled chicken and Thai basil toppings for a burst of asian flavours in a traditionally Italian dish.

Honestly, the possibilities are endless with this one!

 

French-Vietnamese

One of the earliest combinations of fusion foods is French-Vietnamese. For example, the ever-popular sandwich known as the bánh mì includes Vietnamese pork sausage and veggies on a French baguette.

Perhaps you can level up your French-Vietnamese cooking by using flavours authentic to French cuisine like the Naturel White Truffle Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

 

Indo-Chinese

Since we are a melting pot of the two main cultures of this particular cuisine, this combo is a no-brainer! Taking aspects of Indian food like vegetables and spices, merging them with Chinese sauces, and cooking them in a wok, makes this marriage of cuisine a winning combination.

You can also put an Indo-Chinese spin on your drinks. For example, a refreshing Mandarin Ice Tea which combines traditional Indian tea making with the staple flavour in Chinese culture; the mandarin oranges. Swap in your regular sweetener with Naturel Organic Coconut Nectar for a boost of flavour.

 

Making fusion food for your family’s meal can turn a mundane daily routine into something truly exciting. When done right, it can come with a rush of satisfaction too. Having your family eat healthy, delicious and interesting foods of your own creation can sure make mealtime fun and engaging.

Try it out once in a while and you will see your cooking skills grow and the gastronomic experience you create for yourselves and your families become something everyone looks forward to.