It is no doubt that we as Americans love our food! We have some of the best cuisine in the world here in our great nation and we are not afraid to try new things either. The great thing about American food is that it is typically a blend of so many other cultures' foods, too. Fusion food has been around for ages, but it seems to be increasingly trending here in the past few years. Just about every menu you see will have some sort of item that is a combination of two very different styles of food - and it doesn't have to be a bunch of fried items smashed between two buns!
Fusion got its start when various people of different cultures were living in the same neighborhoods and shopping at the same markets together. A prime example of this was New York City back in the day! You had people from all over the world crammed into a small city so there were bound to be some different styles of food being cooked right next door to your apartment. The market typically sold just about every ingredient for a number of cultures. The Latin American couple became interested in the Asian couple's cooking and thus, fusion began. It just makes perfect sense these people would eventually rub off their cooking tips and tricks onto someone else: their neighbors.
Although some fusion restaurants do not always hit it out of the park, some do - and very well too! It takes a lot of experimenting, of course, and definitely a group of people who will frequent your restaurant and who are not afraid to try new things. It may not be a home run right out the gate, but when you keep trying and changing things people tell you they do not like, you will eventually find something that is both innovative and delicious!
The past decade has brought us an increasing popularity on the internet and television shows solely about food and cooking! People can sit in the comfort of their homes and get a huge appetite just watching television! This has led restaurant owners to branch out and try new things which then led to the gaining popularity in fusion restaurants. When people are exposed to such television shows about food, they will eventually want to try new things for themselves. This is exactly how fusion restaurants have become so popular now.
Lizz Taylor is a freelance writer who enjoys discussing everything having to do with restaurants.