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East Meets West - The Best Asian Food Trends of 2017

East Meets West - The Best Asian Food Trends of 2017
In 2017, it isn't too much of a far stretch for most people to know the names of different Asian ingredients that even a decade ago were deemed exotic and strange in taste, texture and smell. It's not unusual to find Korea's kimchi scattered over a bowl of fries with cheese sauce. Every other person now eats a few sushi rolls for lunch. Pho? We're sure you'll get odd looks if you still don't know how to pronounce it (we'll help you out - it's 'fuh' not 'fo'). We have compiled a list of the food trends we're seeing at Asian restaurants around the world that we're loving the sound of!

Pho Burrito
A trend that's taken the internet by storm, the intriguingly named pho burrito is exactly what it sounds like sans beefy broth. A tortilla is stuffed with noodles that have been soaked in pho broth, with hoisin sauce, Vietnamese mint, bean sprouts, onion and beef slices all wrapped up together and devoured by hand. If you want to give this wacky creation at home, try our Vietnamese pho broth when cooking the noodles.


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Kimchi Taco
Kimchi is best known as a staple condiment in the Korean culture, and is usually served alongside main dishes or eaten as an appetite cleanser before or after meals. It is a chilli fermented cabbage dish that has been reinvented by restaurants and cafes around the globe and now you can find kimchi in almost anything from within sushi to the infamous kimchi taco. A taco is stuffed with Korean-style marinated beef, shredded carrot or cucumber and topped with the spicy, mouth-tingling kimchi for a flavour sensation like no other. If you'd like to make a quick at-home version, use our Korean Kimchi Soup paste over blanched cabbage and top your tacos with this tangy beauty.

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Ramen Burger
One of the most interesting creations you might have come across at a street fair or night noodle market as of late is the esteemed ramen burger, which has ramen noodle patties replace bread buns! This wonderfully weird concoction is especially popular in Japan, and is usually filled with miso glazed beef, lettuce and Japanese kewpie mayonnaise. Try making your own version at home and glaze your meat patty with our Japanese Miso Soup paste for an authentic touch. 

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Bali Eats - Hidden Gems

Bali Eats - Hidden Gems Heading to one of the most popular travel destinations and befuddled by what to eat and where? Before you book the flight over, why don't you sample a taste of Bali and create authentic dishes at home with an Indonesian-inspired sauce from our tantalising range? When you're ready to holiday, we've done the hard work for you and compiled a list of Bali's most delectable and affordable eats so all you must do is take a snap and post it on social media to create envy among your friends. 

Nalu Bowls
Head over to Instagram right now and you'll see that smoothie bowls are the queens of brunch category food. Blitzed up acai berries are topped with a range of textural delights, like peanut butter, shredded coconut, granola and colourful tropical fruits to create a refreshing, light start for a busy day of strolling around town. Nalu Bowls is a local favourite, and a great way to ease off the heaviness of Balinese cuisine. Complete with a blue and white beachy décor and draped over with local fruit trees, you won't want to leave when you get to this little Hawaiian hut store. 

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Address:  Jl. Drupadi 1 No.2A, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 7.30am - 6pm, 7 days a week.

Cloud Cakes
It doesn't get much cuter than the dazzling unicorn-inspired colours found in a variety of desserts and savoury dishes at Instafamous Cloud Cakes. Renowned for their creative custom-made cakes, fairy floss-topped shakes and even rainbow spaghetti, Cloud Cakes is sure to garner your attention as you walk by heaving crowds of young teens lining up for snap happy moments. Try a freshly made iced donut or a warming bowl of CloudFries, topped with oozy cheese and house-made salsa.

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Address:  Level 21 Mall, Lantai Ground, Jl. Teuku Umar No.1, Denpasar, Bali
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm, 7 days a week.

Biku
One of Bali's most famed high tea establishments, Biku in the historical surrounds of Kerobokan offers 50 varieties of tea hand-selected from their in-house tea master. Their most popular high tea option is a traditional afternoon tea version with classic scones with jam and cream, finger sandwiches, quiches and sweet treats. If you're feeling particularly exotic, opt for their more unique Asian high tea with local flavours like sambal tarts, samosas with chutney and Vietnamese spring rolls.  

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Address:  Jl. Petitenget No.888, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 8am - 11pm, 7 days a week.

Kebun Bistro
Located in the trendy, up-and-coming surrounds of Ubud, Kebun Bistro is loved by locals and tourists alike for its French and Mediterranean-inspired spread of dishes in a cosy, intimate atmosphere. Beautifully presented food and its Provencal-style interior means this hidden gem has attracted a huge online following. You can't blame visitors for falling in love with menu items like their blowtorched Tarte au Citron Meringue, Eggs Benny and even a tapas menu with Calamari Fritti, Classic Escargot (snails to you) and plenty more to satisfy a ravaging appetite. 

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Address:  Jl. Hanoman No.44, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm on weekdays, 9am - 11pm on weekends. 


Image credits: @nalubowls, @cloudcakes_, @bikubali, @kebunbistro

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