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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

Popular Curries of the World

Popular Curries of the World
There is nothing as soul-soothing and nourishing as a bowl of good homemade curry on a cold autumn day. From the mouth-burning spice levels of India's vindaloo curries to the mellow richness of Thailand's beloved massaman curry, one thing is clear - curry is a craze around the world and we can't get enough of its different variations, meat and vegetable options and unique flavourful spice pastes. Below we have listed some of the most popular curries and we recommend different meat and vegetable substitutions to create the curry that'll never get enough compliments from your friends and family.

Butter Chicken
First invented in the late 1940s by an Indian restaurant named Moti Mahal, butter chicken is one of the western world's most adored curries for its mild sweet flavour profile, created with tomatoes, cream, yoghurt and aromatic spices. Perfect for a weeknight family dinner and a real crowd-pleaser, you can't go wrong with our conveniently pre-made butter chicken paste. Simply add the meat and vegetables of your choice - think carrots and potatoes - and voila, done! 

Vietnamese Chicken Curry (Ca Ri Ga)
Most don't think of curry as being a national dish for the Vietnamese but ca ri ga is one of the southeast Asian nation's staple dishes, served with chicken, carrots and sweet potato. Usually made with coconut milk or cream, Vietnamese curry is less of a thick curry and more of a soupy stew, but equally as delicious. Our Vietnamese chicken curry paste brings together the delicate flavours of onion, lemongrass, soybean paste and spices so you can recreate an authentic version of this classic beauty in the comfort of your own home.  

Thai Yellow Curry (Nam Prik Kaeng Kari)
Thailand's range of curries start at sweet and mild and become eye-wateringly spicy the darker the paste is. Luckily, we have found a curry paste made from aromatics found in the lush surrounds of the country that is more approachable for a range of palates. Nam prik kaeng kari combines pungent turmeric, chillies, cumin and other mild aromatics for a warming bowl of creamy goodness. To save yourself slaving over a stove for hours, cut considerable cooking time by using our Thai yellow curry paste. Simply add the meat and vegetables of your choice - we recommend seafood and fresher vegetables like broccoli, snow pears and baby corn - for a dish that'll get the whole family excited. 

Indonesian Rendang
Ask any Indonesian what they consider to be their favourite dish on earth and we're sure it'd be the cherished rendang by a long shot. Traditionally made with beef and a rempah - a spice paste that blends chillies with garlic, ginger, shallots, galangal, belachan (fermented shrimp paste) and lemongrass - a good rendang should be simmered slowly over low heat for enough time for it to become dry and very dark in colour. One of the most technical and time-consuming curries of all time, we've made it easier than ever for you to impress your dinner party guests with our Indonesian rendang curry paste.

Image credit: SBS Food

Must Do's in Japan

Must Do's in Japan
Known for its reserved people, top-form hygiene practices, efficient public transport and obsession with high quality food at all hours of the day, Japan is truly breathtaking in magnitude, diversity and beauty. Create your own authentic Japanese-inspired recipes with our miso soup and curry range while you browse through a range of activities we've compiled to take part in when you make your way over to this stunningly multifaceted country.

Soak your daily stresses away in an onsen 
No place on earth has perfected the art of the hot spa quite like the Japanese. Rich in history, a Japanese onsen - or hot spring - is a naturally heated indoor or outdoor communal bath where you can go to socialise and relax. And get this - in the nude! Yes, that's right, the majority of onsen are used without any form of clothing. Don't worry though, you get a small towel to cover up if you're a little embarrassed, and the fun is well worth it.

A renowned onsen not too far from Tokyo's centre is the Hakone Onsen which is situated along the Hayakawa and Sukumogawa rivers, overlooking bubbling volcanoes. Another popular option is the Noboribetsu Onsen in Hokkaido, which is famed for its skin-softening and fatigue-eliminating properties. 

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Dine in a themed café
A cultural specialty you won't find anywhere else but in Japan are a vast range of themed cafés, ranging from kiddie Hello Kitty-inspired fit-outs to cafés dedicated to hardcore anime fans. Designed for those after an unconventional and novelty dining experience, these cafés are guaranteed to create a memorable experience on a day out in one of the big cities. You may have heard of Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo - with its loud J-pop beats, fluoro lighting and robots battling before your very eyes - this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so make the most of it. 

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Stay the night in a capsule hotel
Thinking about where to stay the night on a budget? Amid overcrowded Tokyo, architects have put their thinking caps on and designed tiny capsule hotels where you can stay the night in extremely minimalistic fashion. These miniscule spaces make the most out of limited space, and include basic amenities like a television and Wi-Fi as well as a pull-down shutter for privacy. From budget to more luxury options, if you're willing to pay a little extra you should check out First Cabin Tsukiji for the ultimate capsule experience. 

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Wear a traditional handmade kimono
The quintessential Japanese garment, a beautiful kimono can make you feel a little pampered for a day wandering the streets of Tokyo, Osaka or any Japanese city where you can rent one for an affordable price point. Once worn as everyday attire, kimonos are now worn exclusively to special occasions like weddings and tea ceremonies. Available in a variety of colours, sizes and unique patterns, take the chance to wear one in a culturally appropriate manner on your travels.

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Eat ramen
We know what you are thinking, why would I get ramen when I can eat it in my home country anyway? Well, to that we'd say, you haven't experienced the tantalising flavour of authentic Japanese ramen yet and why wouldn't you when in a country of over millions of local ramen vendors in every precinct? Ordering ramen can be a very casual lonesome affair, with some restaurants catering to the single crowd with individual seating arrangements to a more elaborate do-it-yourself experience with a group of friends. The flavour combinations - of the soup base, vegetable and meat toppings, different types of ramen noodles (most places even ask what level of hardness you'd like!) - combine to create a hearty, history-rich meal that takes a master to create the perfect bowl. Tonkotsu (pork broth) is the most common and richest tare (seasoning) option, but there's also shio (salt broth), shoyu (soy sauce) and miso options depending on your specific tastes.

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Image credit: @fi_ha, @robotrestaurant, @biteorange, Kyoto Kimono Rental, Blue Apron
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