With all the social turmoil in the world, there’s one thing that people can agree on, and that’s food. Just about everywhere you go, you can find foods from different cultures and parts of the world. Asian food is especially hot right now, and there are some amazing trends happening across the country. Here are some you should try.
Kimchi is Korea’s most popular food gaining world recognition amongst Chef’s for its spicy yet sweet depth. Also for the amazing health benefits for digestion. Kimchi is a ferment food that that has been around for centuries, but it has only recently gained incredible popularity with the masses. Today, you can find Kimchi-flavored potato chips and other snack foods, and even your local food trucks and restaurants use them on just about anything from burritos and sliders. You can always find Seoul Kimchi online at Amazon and at your grocery stores. Visit our website for a store nearest you.
Some of the preemptively modern Asian restaurants out there have started looking for ways to provide their guests with healthy alternatives to some of their most popular dishes. Sticky white rice is a staple in Asian cuisine, but it’s a simple carbohydrate that can cause blood sugar spikes. Some of these places have turned to cauliflower rice, which tastes very much like the real thing – and has much the same texture, too. It’s being served as a side dish, under General Tso’s chicken, and even inside sushi rolls.
Southeastern Asian Flavors
When you think about Asian cuisine, chances are good that you imagine things like rice, noodles, stir fry, egg rolls, and more. However, Asia’s a big continent, and food trends there differ just as much as they do here in the United States. Right now, it’s all about Southeastern Asian flavors; these come from places like Thailand, Malaysia, and even Vietnam. Pho, banh mi sandwiches, shrimp paste, and a host of Vietnamese herbs have found their way into specialty markets across the country, too.
The classic oyster bar will always have its place, but they’re making a comeback in a huge way – particularly in Asian cuisine. In fact, a restaurant in Hong Kong called “The Walrus” serves up some 20 different types of oysters. Some are raw, some are steamed, and some are simply incorporated into a variety of dishes. To experiment at home, try marinating your oysters in your favorite Asian spices, then serving them in their shells.
Tea is very important to most Asian cultures. Not only do they drink it for enjoyment, but they also consume it for its medicinal properties. One of the hottest Asian food trends right now is the incorporating of tea into just about everything. You can find vegetables that have been steamed in a variety of herbal teas, fish poached in tea, and even flavorful tea sauces.
Asian food is (and always will be) one of the most popular types of cuisine across the globe. However, just like food trends change here in the US, they change around the world, too. If you’re interested in trying some of the latest flavors, pick up a bottle of sriracha at your local grocery store and try steaming some broccoli or cabbage in an Asian-style herbal tea.